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REVIEW: The Rise of Nine (novel) by Pittacus Lore

The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, #3)The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

***MINOR SPOILERS INVOLVED, BUT MORE SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS***

I had just read I Am Number Four, The Power of Six, and The Rise of Nine in succession.

Although I did enjoy reading The Rise of Nine, I don’t know if it was as enjoyable a read for me as The Power of Six. However, I can say that I did enjoy it better than the first book, mainly because there is quite a bit of action/fighting going on.

As you may recall at the end of the 2nd book, we were able to read from two different points of view – one from Four, or John Smith, and the other from Seven, Marina. Now in this book, the third book, we get three points of view. We still get Four’s and Seven’s, and now we can add Six’s!

And I hadn’t actually noticed this in the 2nd book, either, but I just realized it reading this book, that there is a specific font-type associated with each POV. I don’t know why I didn’t actually notice it before, but there it is.

The Rise of Nine basically starts up where it left off at the end of The Power of Six. John, Nine, and John’s chæmera, Bernie Kosar, group together after escaping the Mogadorian caves (unintentionally leaving Sam Goode behind in the caves), but we find out soon enough that not only are the Mogs on their tail, but the FBI is still after John as well, although it may not be for the sole reason of the incident in Paradise, but it is revealed that there could be more to the FBI chasing him than previously thought.

On another part of the world, Six, Seven, Ten, and Ten’s self-appointed Cêpan, Crayton, move on from Spain. From there, they go on a journey that may lead them to another Garde, and of course it’s fraught with danger not only by Mogs, but other people for their own reasons. (view spoiler)[They do eventually make it back to the states, but not without having to jump through a few hoops. (hide spoiler)]

Setrákus Ra, the powerful leader of the Mogadorians, arrives on Earth as well, and half of the Garde seem to want a piece of him during the course of the book.

Sounds exciting, right? Well, yes, there’s a lot of excitement in the way of skirmishes, and of course, there has to be a big battle at the end. But I found that battles aside, certain aspects just didn’t give me as much intrigue as I had hoped. The FBI, and thus the U.S. government, and their role in this world just seemed so bland, or maybe cliché is the better term for it. I was really rather annoyed by how they were brought about and wondered if the author felt just a tad lazy in writing out government’s involvement.

The battle scenes are fun, though, and there are quite a few, (view spoiler)[including a few between two specific Gardes (hide spoiler)] with even a few verbal ones that make for some tense moments.

Regarding the characters, let me just say most of these Lorien aliens/teenagers pretty much share very similar traits and characteristics as human teenagers. Whether that’s because they were raised on Earth, who knows. There’s a brave one, a shy one, an enigmatic one, an arrogant one, and of course, a lovesick one to name a few.

They all have different powers, that, when banded together, make them stronger (hmm…sounds predictable), so that they can beat the big bad evil leader (view spoiler)[(including the big bad U.S. government – metaphor, anyone?) (hide spoiler)] – yeah, definite familiar/predictable storyline.

Because of this, you have to root for these Lorics, right? Sure you do!

Only, some of them just aren’t as likeable as they ought to be. I won’t say who, because who I deem as unlikeable may be likeable to someone else, because of the fact that that specific character is arrogant and seemingly tough and brash. That one doesn’t make it easy for the other(s) to deal with. The funny thing about the arrogant one is that many times, that Garde is pretty much doing what all of them are supposed to be doing, and that is working to go back to their home planet, but in a much more militaristic/less tactful way, like a bully who thinks whatever he/she says goes.

So, what of John? I will say that I thought I wouldn’t have a problem continuing my positive view of him, but in this book, he becomes increasingly annoying with his pining for Sarah (as well as his confusion about his feelings for Six). Obviously, you realize who he wants to really be with by the end of the book, but for some reason it doesn’t make it any less irritating. I only hope that that’s not an issue in the next book (and if it still is, then the author better make it worth reading, because I’m actually getting really tired of John’s lovesickness).

One person that I have grown to admire is Six. She is probably one of the better written characters of this series so far. Sure, it seems she can be attracted to almost any guy she sees, but she does have a heart and cares for others, humans and Lorics alike. She is wonderfully capable of taking care of herself, as it’s known she’s had to do for quite a few years, is very sure of herself and her abilities, and doesn’t seem to let her emotions get the better of her. You find that almost all the Garde that know her seem to consider her the one to look up to, and she’s not arrogant about it at all.

As with the previous books, more Legacies come into play, especially since we’re still learning about the newer Garde members, (view spoiler)[and I’m looking forward to finding out if Four really is Pittacus Lore reincarnated. I’m kind of hoping he is, just to prove Nine wrong (hide spoiler)].

Despite certain predictable and tiresome metaphorical situations, it’s still an enjoyable book. And I will continue to read at least the next book of the series (as apparently, this is the 3rd of 6 books).

Oh, and long live Bernie Kosar!

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By Nat, the Geek Girl

Southern California native who likes movies, books (Shadowhunter Chronicles, NA, YA fantasy, Red Rising series), TV shows (The Sandman), and San Diego Comic-Con. I also like to write, but don't get to do much of that aside from on here. I fell into the BTS rabbit hole, and I refuse to leave.