I can’t give it 2.5 stars on here, but that’s kind of where I stand with it. Although it was interesting, I kept waiting for something to happen throughout the whole book.
You basically see what this guy, known as John Smith through this book, does in trying to be a part of Earth. To be human. And I guess that’s where I found it so-so. It was when John was talking about his home world, at the parts he remembers about it, that I found so intriguing. Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be said, given that this is from a first person POV and he can’t remember a whole lot about it since he was a child when he was forced to leave his world.
I can’t say it was boring, but many times I felt like, “there had to be more than this” in the story. Maybe it was because I saw the movie first before reading this book that messed things up for me.
This at least was an easy read in that much of it was simplified in the storytelling. And it seems the characters are somewhat simplified as well, which may or may not be a good thing for this sort of story. Short sentences, short explanations, short descriptions for the most part.
It wasn’t all mediocre. I did like how you’re supposed to feel the loving father-son relationship John and Henri have, and how John finds new relationships with humans, which apparently is something he has never had before, unfortunately. Apparently teenage rebellion is not limited to our world.
And yes, I think these YA books are starting to get to me, because now I can’t say that I hardly cry because of books because, yet again, I got teary at the end of this one. (view spoiler)
So, now that I’ve completed this book, I’m hoping The Power of Six will be better for me. There was no movie made to spoil it, so maybe I’ll find it a more interesting read.