I Am Number Four is the first book in the Lorien Legacies books and it follows John/Number Four who is an alien living on this planet after his own was taken over/destroyed by another race of aliens. John is from Lorien a planet with an advanced culture made up of two kinds of inhabitants, those with Legacies or powers and those without. John will have Legacies, powers which will help him find the Mogadorian. The Mogadorian took over and destroyed Lorien. Now, they scour the Earth seeking to destroy the nine Garde who left Lorien with their Cepan to hide on Earth until their Legacies manifest so that they can theoretically take back their planet and repopulate it. John/Four has lived through the deaths of One, Two and Three, getting a scar every time one is killed. There is a spell upon the nine that until they join together they have to be killed in number order. The Mogadorians caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England and Number Three in Kenya. John is Number Four. They will be coming after him next. Henri, Four's cepan or guardian, moves him to Paradise, Ohio near the start of the book. Four decides that he wants to have a real life this time around not to barely exist as he always has. While in Paradise, they find that the Mogadorians are nearby and eventually they come for John/Four. But John also falls in love, makes friends and comes into his first Legacies while they are in Paradise.
This book was great! It was fast paced and realistic. I could not put it down. John is a great character who is genuine and sweet. He has a sense of honor that is really fitting for someone who is kinda like Superman. His friend, Sam, is kinda fun too. Sam is kinda nerdy and an outcast but he bonds with John and they become friends, the kind of friends who would do anything for each other. I don't know that I can properly describe the how and why of this awesome book. I think you just have to read it. The second book in the series, The Power of Six comes out on August 23rd. You can find out more about the books on Goodreads.
I Am Number Four earns 4 Fairies for cool aliens fighting to save the world.