Sunday 16 September 2012

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

Title: The Rise of Nine
Author: Pittacus Lore
Publisher: Penguin
Page Count:  360
Publication Date: August 21st 2012

Obtained: Received from the publisher


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

What I thought:

Well the start of this book was quite slowly paced which I’ve become used to with the Lorien Legacies series. There wasn’t an obvious plot to begin with but I assumed the book was carrying on from where it left of in The Power of Six. I like how we were seeing more of the other characters and less of John/Four who I found annoying due to his lack of common sense and what I felt was out of character behaviour.

The combat scenes have improved since the first and second book but are still a bit difficult to follow. At times I felt they were either too vague or overly detailed which can be frustrated when you’re trying to picture anything, let alone a battle scene.

As for Nine himself, I wasn’t sure about him in this book. At the end of the last book he appeared to be to most interesting character and admittedly I was excited to be seeing more of him. The problem was that he seemed to be too similar to John personality wise, albeit more knowledgeable, and he was more of a ‘Sam replacement’ than his own character.

I didn’t hate this book but I didn’t love it either. One thing I will say is that as the series has progressed, the books have improved and they are quite enjoyable to read if you’re quite partial to a blood thirsty alien so if this looks like your kind of book, you should give it a try.

Rating: 2.5/5


  1. I had similar thoughts as well, especially about Nine lacking characterization. It seems that he's supposed to be the "tough guy," but it's hard to tell when they're all doing the same sort of fighting.

  2. @excellentlibrary

    It's a shame because the story has so much potential but we hardly ever see any character development.

  3. Entertaining....The ending is a little hard to follow and abrupt. I was hoping for a little more closure. I did enjoy the book.