[Book Review #22] The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

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In Pittacus Lore’s The Rise of Nine, third in the New York Timesbestselling I Am Number Four series, the stakes are higher than ever as John, Six, and Seven try desperately to find the rest of the Garde before it’s too late.

The Mogadorians who destroyed the planet Lorien continue to hunt down the Garde, the small group of Loric survivors who have taken refuge on Earth. The Garde must come together. They are Lorien and Earth’s only hope.

During the dangerous mission at the Mogadorian base in West Virginia, John found and rescued Nine. But even with their combined powers, special abilities known as Legacies, the pair barely escaped with their lives—and they lost Sam in the process.

In order to save our world and their own, John and Nine must join forces with Six and Seven who have been battling the Mogadorians in Spain, and who are now trying to locate Number Eight in India.

Power in numbers will save us all.

Book Specifications:

Author: Pittacus Lore a.k.a. James Frey

Format: Hardbound

Part of a Series: Yes. Lorien Legacies #3

Release Date: August 21, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins

No. of Pages: 360 pages

Price: 625.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Paranormal, Contemporary

Book Review:

The Cover: The cover featured a sandy texture with the Loric Symbol for Number Nine etched right at the center of the artwork. I love this cover with the same amount of love I gave to its predecessors “I am Number Four” and “The Power of Six”. I love how the covers tend to give some insight as to what legacies the member of the Garde possesses. For example, the cover of I Am Number Four featured a bright red artwork, which seems to feature John Smith’s Lumen legacy and the ability to create fire, and such. I’m not sure I’m pointing it out clearly, though. Here’s to hoping you guys got it! (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: This 3rd book in the Lorien Legacies series tackles the obstacles that the remaining members of the Garde faces as they desperately try to put up their own army and re-group to stop the Mogadorians, once and for all, and restore their beloved home planet, Lorien. The story starts as Maren Elizabeth (Number Six) travels with Marina (Number Seven), Ella (Number Ten), and Crayton (Ella’s Cepan) to re-group once again with John Smith (Number Four) who, in the process of looking for Sam’s dad found and freed Number Nine but leaves Sam inside the Mogadorian Cave. I’m listing some points about the book as well below.

  • I absolutely love the character developments of all the characters, most especially the members of the Garde. Let’s take Numbers Four and Six as an example. When the series started, they were not the most confident and strongest warriors ever. There was even a time when they both doubted themselves. They had low knowledge of what they are capable of, and they were simply not ready to bring justice to Lorien. But as the story progressed, they grew to be such noble and brave fighters. Can we all agree on that? Marina, too, had some great development as well. You’ll know what I mean if you read the books.
  • The legacies of each and every Garde member were given developments in this book as well. John, towards the ending of the book, developed a legacy that is somewhat similar to Marina’s healing. It wasn’t quite cleared out but when Sarah and Ella was in trouble, he somehow managed to heal them.
  • Spoiler: The death of Crayton was, just like any other good-guy character deaths, simply heartbreaking. Seeing Elle completely hopeless as she watched her Cepan die without any knowledge as to how she could help was such an emotional moment. Crayton was, if my memory serves me correct, the last living Cepan. He was supposed to take care of not only Ella, but also the remaining Lorics. But he did not die in vain. He died protecting them, and that counts.
  • The remaining Garde members are slowly growing in numbers! After discovering Numbers Seven and Ten in Spain, Number Six then found Number Eight in India. Such a joy seeing almost all of the Lorics alive, well, and together. I just wanted to point that out.
  • The arrival and discovery of Number Eight just gave me joy to help me in binge reading the series. I love his character! He’s funny, witty, and he seems to be that Garde member who one would like to hang out with. I just hope that he’s given a great character development as well as the story goes on.
  • The budding romance forming between Number Seven and Eight is something I find quite cute, and endearing. Heck, I find it even cuter than the romance between John and Sarah. They are, as we book nerds call it, my OTP (One True Pairing).
  • Towards the ending of the book, I loved the part where they all re-grouped together before entering the Dulce Base to save Number Six. It was absolutely action-packed! With the intense teleportation of Number Eight together with Seven and Ten, and the resistance of Numbers Four and Nine, it was an absolute favorite scene of mine!

With all the action, small bits of romance, and historical facts present in the book, I have to say that this is by far my favorite among all the books in the Lorien Legacies series. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* This book actually has a happy ending. All of the reunited Garde members are alive. Bruised, yes. Tired, absolutely. Disappointed for not being able to stop Setrákus Ra, one big yes! BUT they are all alive, and that’s the only thing that matters to me for now. And there’s nothing to discuss, to be honest, since the story is far from over, so I’m not listing down some more details. I am, however, going to start readin The Fall of Five asap! Yipee! (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: As far as I’m concerned, this book is by far my most favorite out of all the books that I’ve read in the series. It’s action-packed, filled with notable bits of history about Lorien, the Garde’s legacies, and so much more! Because of this book, I’ve finally decided to finish reading up until The Revenge of Seven before I go back to school this Tuesday. (4.83 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“I know what I’m capable of; I am a soldier now, a warrior. I am someone to fear, not hunt.” – Number Six

“A wise man once told me that only by leaving someone good can you meet someone better.” – Number Eight

“I don’t like bullies. No one has a right to take or to hurt just because they can.” – Number Nine

“We will not conquer our obstacles by running away from them. Speed does not matter, just that we do not stop.” – Number Eight’s General

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