Yesterday, I have finished reading the book – ” I am Number Four” by Pittacus Lore. All through, while reading the book I was trying to visualize how this would look if it was made into a movie (Yes…Yes… I know that there is a movie already..but I haven’t watched it). So, I was imagining Keanu Reeves as the lead actor all through 🙂
So here is a summary of the plot.
The story is about the clash between the inhabitants of two planets – Lorien and Mogadorians. Mogadorians have destroyed their own planet with their flimsy life habits. They then target to take over Lorien (a neighbouring planet) which is rich with lush green forests and exotic species. In the war against Mogadorians, Loriens lose and the entire planet turns to ashes. But then, Nine kids with special talents (known as Garde) are identified and sent along with their keepers (known as Cepan) secretly to Earth, with a hope that they would develop their special legacies and destroy the Mogadorians and re-establish their planet.
The story starts with Number three being killed. The legacy binds all the 9 teens together is a bond, in that they can be killed only in the order of their numbers. If any number is killed, a scar would be formed on the ankle of others to let them know of the killing. Knowing that number three is killed, he realizes that he is next.
Number four, aliased as John Smith enters a new town along with his keeper, Henri. They do not stay for more than couple of years in each town for the fear of getting identified by the Mogadorians. In the school in the new town, John falls in love with Sarah Hart and eventually develops rivalry with Mark, her ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile he also starts developing his legacies (where he can emit light from his palms and control light). The legacy also makes him invincible to fire or heat. He also finds a dog which approaches him and he keeps it as his pet.
In the school, he comes across Sam, his class mate who is crazy about science fiction and learns through him that Mogadorians are on the prowl on Earth. On an unfortunate day, at a party at Mark’s, the house catches fire and in a bid to save Sarah, John uses his powers and jumps down a window unscratched. This gets reported on the local news paper and the Mogadorians finally locate him.
John finally discloses to Sam that he is an alien and explains him the entire situation. Sam believes him and offers help to fight the Mogadorians. Sarah offers to show them a spot in the school where they can hide and be safe. Thus Sam, Henri, Mark, Sarah and John end up together in the school waiting for the Mogadorians to attack them. Then comes Number 6 to help them with the war (she has the legacy to be able disappear). Also, Henri has an ancient chest with him which can be opened only when both John and Henri open it together. It has a healing stone which is used during the war to cure them of their mortal wounds.
The dog which John has, turns out to be another creature from Lorien which has reached Earth along with John himself in the same space-ship. The dog can shape-shift and it helps John with the war. In the process John realizes his another legacy that he can communicate with animals through telepathy. Using this, he turns a monster of Mogadorians against themselves and thus destroys them. Henri dies in the process of the war.
The story ends with John bidding farewell to Sarah promising that he would be back someday and that he loves her forever. Sarah agrees to let him go and promises that she will be waiting for him.
The story and the narration are beautiful and the concept of human-alien love will always be liked by all romantic-fiction-lovers.
Now, I am planning to watch the movie. Those who haven’t read this, go ahead and read the book. Have fun !!!