Rise of Nine

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Title: Rise of Nine
Author: Pittacus Lore
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Adventure
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
Published by: HarperCollins Canada
Source: Bought at Chapters for Review
Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Synopsis
Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I'd been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive.

Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others. . . .

I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we're looking for the others--including John.

But so are they.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They caught me in New York--but I escaped.
I am Number Six.
They want to finish what they started.
But they'll have to fight us first.

My Thoughts
It took me a really long time to figure out my thoughts on this book. I absolutely love this series, and the two previous books—I am Number Four and The Power of Six—were absolutely amazing, but this installment fell a little flat for me. I felt from the very beginning that the writing was off in some way. At times I found that the writer was too explanatory and it felt a little repetitive at times. To be fair I had very high expectations going into this book, and I hate to say that I was disappointed. 

In this installment we follow 5 characters and four of them are narrators throughout the book. I found that I enjoyed certain narrators more than others, thinking at times that there were four different writers for the book—one for each narrator. And when it came time to read the final scenes I felt disjointed and spastic trying to go from one narrator to the next in a very short time. In many instances I wanted to follow only one character and ditch the others because I found that story line to be more interesting and engaging. 

We are introduced to two new characters in this book and one of them is Nine (hence the title of the book) and I will admit that I wasn’t fond of his character. Right fro the beginning I had an aversion to his cockiness and his need to be right all the time. I felt myself hating the narration that followed his and Four’s journey and I think that was part of my dislike for this book.

I do have to say that the action does not stop in this book, which I loved. Ever since I am Number Four came out I have loved the action scenes. They are written extremely well and felt myself escape into their world on more than one occasion. I also loved the uncertainty that crept through the book, most of the time I didn’t know what the outcome would be and it always kept me guessing. And I loved that. 

I have to admit that since I read Power of Six, I have fallen in love with Six’s character. She is fierce, strong and hopelessly independent. And her strong-headedness does not stop in Rise of Nine. I found myself wanting to follow her character more than any other because I feel her character is the most developed out of the five and she has a quality about her that begs readers to love her. 

Overall I enjoyed the premise of the story and the conflict was amazing, especially near the end. Rise of Nine was a solid third book, but I am beginning to wonder ho many books are on this series, because the more it drags on, the more I might lose interest in the characters and their fight. But I do know this: I will read the next installment which as much vigor as I did with Rise of Nine.

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  1. *Gasp! Twitch Hyperventilates*
    Okay... I just need to calm down for a second here...
    So happy it was good! Too bad about Nine... I kind of expected it from the last book but I still think he will be an interesting member nonetheless.
    I've been thinking it was going to only be four books but maybe it's five then. I am presuming this because in The Power of Six they added some characters and there was only like... two left? I guess it makes sense for five books because after all the characters come together there will be one final battle!

    1. I know! That's what I thought as well! I seriously can't wait to see what happens!