Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore [REVIEW]

The Rise of Nine
(Lorien Legacies #3)
by Pittacus Lore
 Summary from Goodreads:

"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.
"

Rating:

Warning: If you haven’t read the Lorien Legacies series, this review contains spoilers.

John Smith/Four is lucky to be alive after braving the hideout of the Mogadorians. In doing so he manages to free Nine from his imprisonment, but in his escape, Sam got left behind. Although tempting to go after him, Four and Nine are pressed forward to find the rest of the Garde, train, fight the Mogs and free everyone on earth, including Sam. But the plan isn’t that simple...

Meanwhile, Six has finally found Seven in Spain, along with Ella/Ten and her Cepan, Crayton. After careful research, they’re off to India to find another member of the Garde. As Seven tries to catch up to the training Six already had with her legacies, and as Ten still waits for her own legacies to develop, they get to meet who they’ve been travelling in search for, a peculiar one of their kind, Eight.

As these remaining Gardes find their way to each other, they fight off the Mogadorians, as best they could, who are eagerly trying to kill them all. But they know that this battle only comes down to them, the remaining Lorien Gardes, and Setrakus Ra, the leader of the Mogadorians...

This is one hell of an action packed book! I haven’t even settled myself in it when Six, Seven and Ten get their first taste of fighting off the Mogs. Four and Nine though are in for a different group of enemies. Enemies that they didn’t know were in league with the Mogs.

Four is a lot stronger now from the first time he came into picture. His fighting skills are more of the warrior he’s thought off to be. I can’t say the same for his decision-making skills though. Now I’m not heartless, but thinking of throwing yourself into the Mogs’ hideout without a plan is reckless – not to mention stupid. Noble, yes, because he wants to save Sam, but if he and Nine had a huge struggle to escape the first time, how can going back there – wounded and disoriented – assure they’d get out alive?

The gradual rendezvous of the characters that’s happening within this series just makes it all the more exciting to read. And now here in Rise of Nine, it’s an interesting mix of characters – and a lot of hormonal moments going on. Nothing dirty, don’t worry, but a lot of physical attraction. At first it was cute but kind of a little crazy as it went on. It’s like a route map! Six likes Four then she finds Eight interesting, then Eight likes Seven, then Nine likes Six, you see? Crazy, I tell you.

Anyway, I most especially like Nine among the characters. Oh, that dude totally cracks me up! He is absolutely hilarious. He’s all bad ass, and the whole fighting that goes on with him and Four was awesome. Okay, so I know they’re not supposed to fight but seeing them go head to head in a “sparring” session (that’s heavily quoted by the way, you’ll see why when you read the book) was definitely entertaining.

Moving on. That whole Setrakus Ra moment was unbelievable! Uhm...I guess it goes both ways, good and bad. It was good because you finally get to see what the Mog Boss is actually capable of. Also the fighting scenes were incredibly vivid and will keep you at the edge of your seat. The bad part came when I didn’t get the details on how they fended off his power and the Gardes got their legacies back. I know Ella did something, but what exactly was that exactly? Yup, the authors left it out for Book 4 to explain. Sheesh!

The Lorien Legacies series gets really more exciting every time the next book comes out; opening one door after the other to a whole new adventure. I can’t wait to see what happens when finally the entire Garde is complete. Who carries which Loric leader’s power? Who possesses Pittacus Lore’s gift? And how will these seven remaining kids from Lorien save the earth from being ruled by the Mogadorians?

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