The Rise of Nine – by Pittacus Lore
I’d been keeping an eye out for this book, the latest in a series that so far comprises I Am Number Four and The Power of Six. I Am Number Four used some familiar elements as well as some refreshingly original twists, making it a good read and a story I’ve enjoyed following since. Here’s my take on the latest instalment:
John Smith, Number Four of the handful of the survivors of Lorien, has spent his life waiting and hiding. Hiding from the enemy aliens who pursued John and the handful of remaining Garde from Lorien to Earth, and are determined to eliminate every last one. Waiting to come into his powers, or legacies. Waiting to find the other Lorien survivors, the rest of the Garde, who are all charged with finding a way to defeat the enemy Mogadorians. Waiting to avenge his people and find a way home. Now the members of the Garde are finding their way together, and after all the waiting they will finally have the chance to fight.
The Rise of Nine picks up the story as Number Six, Number Seven and the newly discovered Number Ten fly across the world to find Number Eight. Meanwhile, John Smith, Number Four, is fleeing the US authorities with Number Nine, and trying to make his way back to the others. The format of the novel is less confusing than this synopsis! The author, “Pittacus Lore” presents chapters from alternating points of view, which is useful in getting a clear picture of each character.
The action built gradually, but instead of following through on the momentum, the story cuts off just before the final battle begins. Cliffhanger? Maybe. But it felt like, for example, the end of the movie adaptation of The Two Towers – you know that bit of the story had to be told, but you also know that all the proper action and actual plot will be delivered in the next part, and a fair bit of what happened here was about making two feature-length instalments. It was okay, but it’ll need to be redeemed by the next instalment in Lore’s series.
… But I want to know how the story ends. So I’m in!
Are you acquainted with the Lorien Garde?