There were nine. The first, second, and third have all been killed. Number Four is hiding, as well as he possibly can. When he begins to put down roots and care about people, it becomes more difficult for him to leave again and again. The time is coming where he might just need to take a stand - but how can he possibly survive what's coming?
This book has an interesting premise and plenty of page-turning action, from fights with the school bullies, to aliens with whole new levels of scary danger. Many things are not terribly consistent about the plot; rules are given about the dire necessity for specific priorities to be upheld, and then characters act in ways that completely disregard those priorities. There's a lot to enjoy about a seemingly regular kid having so much power that he has to hide it from everyone else, so fans of humanoid aliens interacting with modern-day North Americans will likely approve.
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