In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.
This is one of the first YA sci-fi books that I have read, I don't know what put me off picking this up maybe the fact that it was based on aliens and not Earths struggle. I kind of like my sci-fi to be the humans versus the aliens not the other way round.
The story centres on teenager John or as he is known in Lorien Number Four. Him and his guardian Henri were shipped off to Earth some years ago when their home planet was destroyed, it is Henri's job to look after John. A job he has been successful at for some time. Though John isn't alone their were nine altogether each going on their separate paths hoping to reunite and topple the Mogadorian's that have taken their home planet. The Mogadorian's are on the hunt for the nine, only problem for them is that they have to kill the nine in order, John knows he is next each time another dies he has a burning sensation in his leg, which leads to a scar there are three now.
John has to move again, all he wants arre friends and maybe even a girlfriend. He can't even remember Lorien that well, all he has that makes Lorien real is Henri. When John moves again he does start to make friends, Sam, and even a possible girlfriend, Sarah and her ex Mark.
The book for the beginning had me intrigued I loved finding out about the history of Lorien and the action was pretty much non stop, there was always something happening. The only slight problem I had with this book was that I kind of thought that the only developed characters were John, Sam and Henri. Sarah didn't seem real in a sense, she had just found out her boyfriend was an alien and she wasn't at all bothered. Not the way this would happen in real life, but I guess that is the beauty of having a book to do it for you.
The plot was a little predictable, but was an entertaining fun read that will make for the perfect go between book. It has some cliffhangers at the end, which I don't think will be resolved in the second book as it doesn't focus on John all that much, but hopefully as the series goes on we will find out more about Lorien and the others.