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I Am Number Four is the book that I have decided to focus on for my third multimedia blog post, and I made a collage which focuses on the falling action. The falling action is when John Smith (Four) fights the Mogadorians – a species of aliens wanting to take over Earth for its resources- with his friends and Cêpan, Henri. This includes meeting Number 6. Number 6 has found John is hoping to unite the rest of the surviving Garde that happen to be on Earth. A Cêpan is a protector of the Garde, and the Garde is another species of aliens with powers, known as Legacies. The Cêpan trains the Garde to fight and to use their Legacies. The planet the Cêpan and the Garde come from is called Lorien. Lorien was attacked by the Mogadorians 10 years ago for its resources. It was defeated miserably, but 9 of the Garde and 9 Cêpan escaped in a shuttle to Earth. To keep the 18 Loriens safes, a charm was placed upon them so they had to be killed in order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, then 9. John Smith is Number 4, and he and Henri escaped Florida to Ohio when Number 3 was killed.“In the beginning, we were a group of nine.Three are gone, dead.There are six of us left. They are hunting us, and they won’t stop until they’ve killed us all. I am Number Four. I know that I am next.” This shows the pressure and harms the Mogadorians cause and why John and Harry had left immediately to Ohio. The conflict of this book is person vs. supernatural because John and Henri are fighting against an entire species of scary and deadly aliens. The hateful and homicidal relationship started with the Mogadorians over Lorien’s resources, and it also shows how important and how far people would go for resources.

One clear theme in I Am Number Four that is mentioned in the book is that there will always be hope, no matter what. As Henri, his Cêpan says: “There is always hope, John. New developments have yet to present themselves…No, don’t give up on hope just yet, it’s the last thing to go. When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when you think all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.” I can connect this theme to the MS production I participated in because, in the end of the Pandora’s box scene, Hope emerges from the box and says: Even when everything is lost, hope will prevail! Throughout the book, John discovers new things about him. He learns that he can stand up and fight for his species and friends, despite all the evil of the Mogadorians.

My collage was slightly difficult to create because magic from John’s legacies are included in the book, and I couldn’t find the image that suited the scenes where he fought, so I used 3 pictures from the movie that was created. This picture from the movie is the one at the top, and it shows John with a light coming from his hands, and he is grimacing. The Legacies are difficult to keep up for a long period of time, and he was fighting for his race, so it wasn’t like he wouldn’t have a lot of pressure. Also, his Cêpan had just been killed, and his friends were either unconscious or somewhere away from him. He had no idea about their whereabouts, and having never met a Mogadorian before, he must have been scared. This picture also shows his first legacy, Lumen. “My hands come on and glow brilliantly with a bright light that sweeps through the night, the world suddenly ablaze.” The second picture is a picture of the two Mogadorians that attacked John and his friends, shooting light out of their swords in a school hallway. You can tell it’s in a high school because of the lockers in the background. The Mogadorians had chased the people throughout the school hoping to kill John, which will bring them closer to the extinction of Loriens. The second to last picture on the left is a picture of Henri, the Cêpan dying. “I haven’t felt him move in minutes and cannot tell if he’s alive.” The Mogadorians had killed him with a sword. The picture is of John cradling Henri’s head in his lap, and you can see the darkness and limp figure of Henri. The last picture is brighter, and shows a truck driving away. John is in the car with Number 6 and he is leaving Ohio to search for other members of the Garde so he can bring them together and defeat the Mogadorians. In the middle of all the pictures, I typed: I AM NUMBER FOUR, I AM NEXT. This sentence was on the blurb of the book, and is the last sentence used to build suspense and it sounds catchy. I think this this phrase worked well to describe John’s life. How he knows that he will be the next one to die.

I used Canva to create this collage because it was easy to use and it had a variety of designs for me to choose from.

Hyperlinks:

https://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1001/p06s02-woaf.html

https://ourworld.unu.edu/en/global-fight-for-natural-resources-has-only-just-begun

http://www.scidev.net/global/water/news/water-death-yemen-conflict.html

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