Book Review: The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

Posted August 31, 2012 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: The Rise of Nine by Pittacus LoreThe Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore
Series: Lorien Legacies #3
Published by Harper on August 21st, 2012
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 360
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.

1.5 Stars

I dunno guys. I dunno. I’m not really sure why I’m still reading this series. I loved I Am Number Four, but The Power of Six was almost the most disappointing sequel imaginable.

In this installment, we focus on two main storylines: Four and Nine in America, torn between the urge to confront Setrakus Ra and saving Sam, Sarah, and Six; and Six, Seven, and Ten as they meet up with Eight. Yeah, I think I’m more comfortable with referring to them by their numbers than their “names”. Anyway. At a certain point Six splits off from her group, so we have three POVs ruling the novel: Four, Six, and Seven. Four and Six are all right (although Four is the most hypocritical, annoying douchebag at some points) but Seven (Marina) … just… *fists clenching* must resist the urge to stab her.

There are some huge flaws to this book. The characters just AGH. The only one I seriously, thoroughly like is Nine. He’s just badass and awesome. And he has his cocky attitude and sticks with it. That, I feel, is a really big factor in why I like him so much. Four has his moments of bravery and confidence but then regresses into this lovesick puppy dog with a major prioritizing issues and makes me want to shake him. Honestly his personality goes all over the place. Six is really cool, except for the fact that she apparently crushes on EVERY male character that comes by. It kind of works with her personality, because she just does what she wants and isn’t into the whole sentimental part of relationships, but at the same time it just makes her a bit slutty. I hate Seven. Eight … hmm… I got excited with the prospect of him dying, does that say enough? Ten, I suppose, is all right. She’s cute enough, but barely there.

The romance in all of this is just baffling. I don’t understand what they were trying to do. It’s like this terrible orgy type thing, everyone crushing on everyone, and just WUT.

I mean, the result is that in the actual “honest” type relationships (Four and Sarah, Seven and Eight) I just roll my eyes and can’t take it seriously because it’s not developed at all.

I guess the most baffling part of this whole book is that it held my interest. Somewhere deep, deep, deep down the story is quite interesting. I dunno, maybe I’m just invested in this series since I’ve pretty much been here since the start. There was enough action, I suppose, and reading about the development of their Legacies was… sort of unique? I don’t even know what held my interest. Maybe it’s just the sci-fi parts, aliens, war of the worlds, that kind of thing.

Summing Up:

The book was a massive disappointment, but for some reason I’ll still read the next one. I have this feeling I just need to know how it ends. God I’m a ridiculous pushover.

Recommended To:

Fans of the series? I dunno.

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