Book Review – The Rise of Nine

the rise of niceBook: The Rise of Nine (The Lorien Legacies 3) by Pittacus Lore
Original Release Date: August 21st 2012
Genre: Sci-Fi
Reading Format: Paperback
Edition: English edition, International First Edition by Harper
Rating: 2,5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads / I Am Number Four (book 1) / The Power of Six (book 2)

Possible spoilers for books 1 and 2 of the series.


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.


I had a lot of trouble figuring out how I feel about this book. While this isn’t a bad book, I had a hard time connecting with it. Throughout the book I also kept wondering when, beside finding new Garde, the plot would advance forward like it did in the previous two books.

This time we follow three point of views, that of Four, Six and Seven. As these are all written in I point of views it can be a bit confusing when in the midst of a chapter the point of view is changed. Also the point of view was changed with each chapter. I would have preferred to have a few chapters bundled together in one point of view to follow that story line instead of being jolted between the three like that

Like I said, beside finding Eight, there is no real plot advancement. Nor do we learn a lot of new things. The government role was new, but not all that surprising. It has been often used. Finding out about Setrakus Ra in combination with their powers took Four the whole book. Actually he didn’t even think about those hints he got in the visions for that while it was very obvious. This was a frustration point for me.

Dutch cover
Dutch cover

The ending gave us plenty of action, but of course it was again obvious how that fight was going to go. It was too predictable, and it did nothing to really advance the plot.

As for the characters, judging by the title I had expected to get Nine’s point of view. Though I like Nine for the contrast that he gives next to Four, he is a bit jaded and bordering on one dimensional. There was certainly no rise of him in any way. I hope his characters gets deepened out because he could be a great addition. What we got off his background just wasn’t enough.

Four was a little easier for me to read than in the second book. His interactions with Nine makes his point of view more interesting. But he remains such a typical hero cliche. Him thinking he is Pittacus Lore (or has his powers) was laughable and predictable. And you know what, he is probably right. He probably is, because that is how this plot is being set-up.

Though I still like Seven, I feel that she was pushed backwards to make room for Six’s point of view. She didn’t stand out too much. With the exception of one scene Ten completely disappeared into the background. Six remains kick ass, but she needs to be more deepened out. There is more to her than fighting. The addition of Eight was interesting.

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