The Rise of Nine (A Lorien Legacy novel #3) - Pittacus Lore
The third main book in the Lorien Legacies goes back to Six’s point of view, as she, Marina, Ella and Crayton go to India to find Number Eight. Six wants to go to America to see John ( Number Four) and Sam. Little does she know that Sam has been captured by the Mogadorians and that Number Nine is with Four. As Four tries to connect with Nine, he realizes that they have nothing in common and they dislike each other. On the way to Chicago, Nine and Four’s truck runs out of gas and they are stranded in a lonely desolate house. John had visions of Sam being tortured and plans to go back to the West Virginia cave to save him.
(Synopsis from wikipedia)
** As this is the third book in the series, I will try as much as possible not to include any spoilers, but readers beware!
AHH!! FINALLY! Picked his book up a week after its release and devoured it in a matter of hours. What a ride. If you haven’t read the first two in the series (I Am Number Four, The Power of Six), you seriously need to get your hands on a copy.
The Rise of Nine diverts again into multiple perspectives: Four (John Smith), Six, and Seven (Marina). At the end of book two, Four escapes with Nine from a Mogadorian camp, inevitably leaving behind his best friend, Sam. Four struggles with his guilt for leaving Sam behind and also for his feelings towards Six. (Personally, I never liked him with Six; romance with Sarah > flirting with Six). Meanwhile, Six and Marina also escape from a Mogadorian attack in Spain and meet up with Ten (woah!) and her Cepan, Clayton. The Rise of Nine describes their journey to India in search of yet another member of the Garde. Marina is embarrassed and frustrated throughout the novel for her lack of knowledge. Her Cepan, Adelina, refused to teach her how to fight, how to use her Legacies. However, as they face more and more challenges, Marina becomes more confident and gets her first (and second !!!) kiss, so cute (: Ten, otherwise known as Ella, the tenth member of the Garde sent to Earth on a second ship revels in the company of Six and Seven, while also growing stronger under the guidance of her father/Cepan, Clayton. Meanwhile, we also meet a new member of the Garde, Eight!
But where is Sam?!?!?!?! Why has he been left behind! He was such a crucial part in book two and to have him just disappear in book three, it’s quite unnerving. Did he die? Did the Mogadorians let him live? WHAT IS GOING ON.
I really enjoyed this novel. I admit, I loved the first two as well, so my expectations were already pretty high up for this one. Once again, I was disappointed at the end because of the fact that I have to another year for the next one. (Supposedly, there are supposed to be six in the series!!) The different perspectives were well integrated and the timing made the writing flow and easy to follow. At times, I would race through a chapter just to find out what happens, but have to re-read it just to experience it all over again.
As for future novels, I’d really love to have some bits/chapters in the point of view of the other members of the Garde, namely Five (where are you….), Eight, Nine, and Ten.
Cannot wait for the next one!
ALSO, where the heck is Five?