My Thoughts About The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies #3) (Book Review #62)

Yes. The rise of Nine, the third book in the Lorien Legacies series, didn’t disappoint me.

The third book delivers. Action and drama scenes were more intense. The book follows each of the surviving Garde’s journey in finding each other.Number Four, John, and Number Six teamed up thus removing the charm that prevented from being killed out of order by the Mogadorians making the their battle and survival even harder. Along the way they met Number Seven, Number Nine, Number Eight and Number Ten. We follow how they tried to kill the Mogadorian leader, Setrakus Ra.

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Being separated from the rest, Six (who went to Spain to look for the other eventually meeting Seven and Ten), Seven, Ten and Crayton traveled to India to search for what they thought to be one of them. Their journey was marked with a lot of fights as they had to battle armies of the government who got tricked by promises of power and ammunition by the Mogadorians to assist them in looking and fighting for them making the battlefield become more complicated. They found eight and they used his teleportation powers to eventually locate Four and Nine. Eight’s power to teleport is still not that strong thus making it hard for the team to eventually be in New Mexico, where the Mogadorian/ US government HQ is located. While they are teleporting, Six got separated, was teleported to New Mexico and captured by the US government, and in their she saw Sarah who explained to her the true story regarding John’s capture when he visited their house in Paradise, Ohio. On the other hand, suffering from injuries from their previous fight, John and Nine went to Chicago to go visit and rest where Nine and his Cepan, Sandor, previously lived. In contrast to John and his Cepan’s previous hideouts, Nine lives in a bustling city. They believed that it’ll be harder for the the Mogadorians to catch them in a city where there are a lot of people. That tactic seemed to work because they managed to live in the place for five years. Not until Nine’s mistake got them caught and his Cepan was killed.

A wise man once told me that only by leaving someone good can you meet someone better.
― Pittacus Lore, The Rise of Nine

John admired the luxurious place where Nine previously lived, with all the state of the art training and monitoring rooms to ammunition and a comfortable living place. Both have issues with each other and contrasting ideas of where they should go. With the help of the tablet that they found at the well in Ohio where Sam’s father used to do his research, it served as a tracking device in confirming the location of the other Gardes. The tablet though just shows dots as to their location on the earth and not who they really are so they don;t know who was with who. Nine believes they should go back to Ohio and check for what was left their at the well but John believes they should follow his dream and go west to where they can rescue Sam and Sarah in New Mexico where also one of the Gardes is as per tracker. By way of a dream that they both dreamt, Nine quickly gives in and they head for New Mexico.

The book is now told from three points of view. Four, Six, and Seven compared with the previous books’s two perspective. That helped with the pacing of the book. Being told from a first person point of view really makes the book easy to understand.

I know what I’m capable of; I am a soldier now, a warrior. I am someone to fear, not hunt.
― Pittacus Lore, The Rise of Nine

The plot of the novel happened when the two groups finally met and together they moved inside headquarters where the Mogadorian leader, Setraku Ra, is. The actions scenes were played very well. The transition of voices and point of views worked very well to my liking making me even more feel the rush of excitement, anger, thrill and relief. The book left me speechless at some point. The plot if this book is much more thrilling that the first two books. And I also like how the characters are more fleshed out. The ending was just a cliff hanger as to what’s going to happen next.

The book also has the same elements as the previous books, action, romance and friendship. It totally worked again for me. The book get more and more intense and I hope the book’s momentum will still continue to be even more exciting and rise. The book is not deep but a very exciting one. It’s totally page-turning and I just love it when the characters found a new Legacy or when they use some of the stone they have on their Chests. (I just find it very inconvenient for the characters to be always dragging their Chests wherever they go. I wish they have a way of making it small for the mean time while they are not using it.) I am also very excited to know when will the Garde be completed. Among all those whose still living, it’s only Five now that they just have not met yet. I am excited when will they all come together and fight the main villain.

We will not conquer our obstacles by running away from them. Speed does not matter, just that we do not stop.
― Pittacus Lore, The Rise of Nine

There is still much to be discovered, in India before the two groups met, Eight shows the rest of the Loriens a cave with drawings depicting the future and not everyone survives. He also revealed that one of the remaining Loriens is supposed to be equipped with all of Pittacus Lore’s powers and is supposed to be the most powerful Lorien ever. (If you noticed, Pittacus Lore is the one writing the book relaying his race’s history and struggle.) They just hope that it’s not Number One, Two or Three who were all previously killed. The group believes that, instead of looking who among them has that ability, they should instead focus on training and even more developing their Legacies because they know when will the enemies attack.

I don’t like bullies. No one has a right to take or to hurt just because they can.
― Pittacus Lore, The Rise of Nine

5 stars out of 5.

I’m excited for the next book which is The Fall of Five!

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