The Rise of Nine is a relentless, riveting read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 July 2018
"I am Number Six.
To finish what they started,
they'll have to fight us first..."
The Rise of Nine continues to chronicle our favourite aliens as they search for each other and partake in epic battles along the way. The series' structure is pretty predictable, but it's reliable thanks to its fast pace and gripping action. Each entry so far hasn't failed to delight and move the plot just that little bit further toward the endgame.
The first half is a little scattered, but when the story focuses, the build up is beyond worth it. We follow various viewpoints, each distinctive and delicious. Through those perspective we adventure through a tale of unity, hope, and utter devastation.
The board is filling up, and I cannot wait to see how the series handles the many captivating pieces. I know for sure it's going to be phenomenal (fingers crossed).
Until 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.
I am Number Six.
To finish what they started,
they'll have to fight us first.
Plot - 4/5 Stars
The Rise of Nine picks up not too long after the end of The Power of Six, only now we're treated to three viewpoints: Four's, Six's, and Seven's. I will admit I found the first half of the book a little scattered. I guess you could say it's meant to be, considering our cast has no real idea what the hell to do. Action scenes, while concentrated pieces of adrenaline that do not fail to get the blood pumping, also feel overly orchestrated, like they're just to give the characters something to do.
But, don't get me wrong, The Rise of Nine, from start to finish, is a white-knuckle ride.
I mean, come on, can aliens fighting for the survival of their race with superpowers ever get old?
Once the story pinpoints its purpose, things go boom (often literally). The race to unite, to survive and fight and succeed is tense and suitably suspenseful. The overall plot moves forward with startling surprises, and a little more lore is wreathed throughout the series' mythology.
The finale is action gold, but it is kind of abrupt.
Pace - 4.5/5 Stars
There are so many developments that that final page comes far too soon.
But don't worry, there's more to come.
Characters - 4.5/5 Stars
The Rise of Nine's three perspectives are impeccable. There's never any confusion about who's eyes you are looking through, and the fact that everyone is mostly scattered gives the novel the best adventure feel as we race across the Earth. Character development is small, but effective. Each member of the cast has already been through so much that their personalities are layered phenomenally as it is.
Their backgrounds give them major juice.
We also get a more in-depth look at the main bad guy, and some subtle hints pique the reader's interest in a horrifying (if I'm right) way.
Writing - 4/5 Stars
The author (or authors?) keeps the novel flying along with the present tense coupled with first-person narration. The style is simple but full of energy, which merges well with the super-charged plot and characters. Dialogue is good, for the most part; it can sometimes be a little stiff, and comedy can sink a scene when it falls flat.
Overall - 4.5/5 Stars
To put it simply: The Rise of Nine is a relentless, riveting read.
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