Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books but we are real.
Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.
But they know.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four.
I am next.
Also included is a sneak listen to the first chapter of the next book in the series. Enjoy!
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Good story - started listening to see if the movie might be interesting and found myself drawn into the characters. I really like it and want to see the movie now.
Can't wait for the next part to come out. Loved the characters being built and the plots. Thought it actually was ok for my middle school kids to listen to/ read also.
This book would be interesting to a preteen. I purchased it after seeing the Motion picturewith my Daughter. The book starts very well. It has a great story line that runs out of gas at the end. This is the RARE time that I must admit the movie was better than the book.
I agree with Brian. Poor writing and very juvenile for adult readers/listeners. Also, the narrator is annoyingly overdramatic with some voices dripping with insolence and other very nasal voices that quickly become irritating. Most of the conversations in this book are 5th grade level, at best, not believable for high school characters, and certainly not interesting to adults listeners/readers. This is a good book for the 10-14 year old crowd. That being said, the underlying story is interesting. I just wish it was more science fiction and less junior high level drama.
I could NOT put this one down (or turn off the MP3 player, should I say?)! I am 40 years old (not a teen), but I found it VERY EXCITING and entertaining. The narrator was great at changing his voice (especially into the deep FRENCH sounds.
I LOVED this story, was sad to hear it end, and CANNOT WAIT for the second book to come out!!!!! TAKE A CHANCE ON THIS ONE, you won't be disappointed!
They seem to have started with a good outline for a young adult story series. The actual writing of the story in my opinion is just okay. Worth listening to, but nothing exceptional. I found the narrator to be very irritating in the beginning, but I got used to him after a while. They had some good ideas in the story, but other places are pretty predictable and down right corny. Most books are better than the movie, but I think this will actually make a better movie than this book. The final big battle scene is pretty weak in the book.
This book had a LOT of potential, but it has the feel of a book that was made to be a sequel for not too bright readers. Here are a few of the things that turned me off...
First, they turned it into a "GREEN" novel and I feel that by doing this they cluttered up the book with a bunch off junk that just didn't work. The evil bad guys use weapons that suck the life out of the planet, but don't really do much. All the while getting killed by regular old guns. If they were so smart and evil, why didn't they just get some guns of their own... DUH!
The next thing that REALLY turned me off was the whole martial side of this book. Whoever wrote it is an idiot on weapons and tactics! The good guys train their "special" powers during the entire book, but never train/use martial arts, blade weapons or guns. Until the end fight, too bad as they are VERY effective! Also the author is an idiot about guns.... double barreled shotty that holds 10 rounds... really, I want one! One time in a fight the good guy unloads a gun on purpose and then uses it to scare some people.... ARRRGGG! Once again a lot of this is due to the "GREENNESS" of the book.. weapons are bad, etc...
Its really too bad as the storyline could have REALLY worked and gone somewhere!!
i think this book would be good for children between the ages of 10 & 12
Any one would be better. Bronson Pinchot or Oliver Wyman are the best narrators out there and would have done an excellent job narrating this book.
I dont think i would cut any of the characters. Its the voices of the characters that need to be changed.
i may have been able to stomach the book if it wasnt for the narrator. He gave the characters voices a cartoon like quality. Example is the nerdy friend, He has a constant whiny, nasally voice. It was absolutely horrible.
The speaker was very over-dramatic. And the book was very predictable and dry. This was said way to many times : "The (blank) was so (black) that (blank)." The premise of the book was good though, but it was hard to sit though... very unrealistic dialog and narration.
Paul in Boston
The "Brat Pack" goes alien. Sci-Fi by and for teenagers. An immature tale for and about an alien superhero-to-be and his high school days.
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