I Am Number Four by Pitticus Lore
Goodreads: I Am Number Four
Series: Lorien Legacies #1
Summary: When the planet of Lorien was destroyed by the Mogadoriens, nine children were sent to Earth to live with their guardians until they could grow up, develop their powers, defeat their enemies, and reclaim their home. But until adolescence, when they begin to develop their legacies, the children are defenseless, protected only by anonymity, constant moving, and a charm that says they can only be killed in order of their numbers. One, Two, and Three were killed. John Smith is Number Four.
Review: I Am Number Four is an action-packed, thrilling adventure that will keep readers turning pages long after they should have gone to bed—both because they will have to know what happens next and because they might be too scared to turn off the lights! (Yes, the evil aliens are only after the nine Loriens, and readers ought to rationalize that because they are not one of the nine they should be safe, but the description of their pale bodies hidden behind hats and trench coats is too haunting for logic!) This is a wonderfully gripping read.
On the character front, John (Four) has his moments of being annoying and foolish. He manages to demonstrate that boy drama can inspire as much eye rolling as girl drama. But in the end, he is a great guy, and readers will become invested in his safety and his guardian Henri’s. There is also a cute, loyal dog named Bernie Kosar for which Lore definitely deserves bonus points. The girlfriend, Sarah, sometimes seems to say “Yeah, a guy invented me” because she is gorgeous, popular, a former cheerleader, and older than John. But she is also truly compassionate and loyal and gave up cheerleading in favor of photography. Overall, she is pretty awesome, too.
The series ends on a strong note, with all these characters showing their best characteristics, and with the stakes for Four higher than ever. Though the story is very nicely complete in some ways, there is still much to happen, and readers will want to know about it as soon as possible. Having the rest of the series on hand is recommended.