I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!
Geez, I'm know I'm in the minority, but I honestly cannot see anything redeeming about present tense narration. Four/John is like this automated, lifeless robot thing, and I don't care if he's an alien, HE GREW UP ON EARTH DANGIT. I want to stab the writing. I want to stab the characters. I don't like anything.
Plus, I don't understand using present tense narration and then making it clear that the character is speaking about past events. What the heck purpose does that serve? Marina/Seven was describing the introduction of a new character (all in present tense) and then adds something like, "Later, rumors go around that blah blah blah" and then goes right back to the current scene. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN LATER IF YOU'RE TELLING ME WHAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE FUTURE BECAUSE IT'S PRESENT TENSE AND IF YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE PAST, YOU SHOULD BE TALKING IN PAST TENSE UGH HOW HARD IS THAT TO UNDERSTAND.
Short version: I don't like present tense.
On the plus side, this book might have a redeeming quality of Four and Six get together. I hate Sarah, so I'd be fine with that.