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article imageReview: The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

By Kristal Cooper     Oct 1, 2012 in Entertainment
"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. . . ."
The third book in the Lorien Legacies series is a sci-fi adventure that seems ready-made for the big screen. But is it as heart-stopping and hard to put down as the first two in the series?
Both I Am Number Four and The Rise of Six set up the story of a group of teens who were sent as babies from their home planet Lorien to earth just before a group of evil aliens called the Mogadorians attacked. The babies were split up, given numbers and an adult guardian who was meant to protect them until they were able to grow into their "legacies" -- a set of powers unique to each child that would help protect them from the Mogadorians and perhaps allow them to eventually join forces and return home, restoring Lorien to what it once was. Both books proved to be fast-paced guilty pleasures that detailed the teens discovering their power and their way to one another in the midst of repeated attacks from the evil Mogadorians and their leader Setrakus Ra.
The Rise of Nine picks up right where the last book left off. The Loriens are slowly coming together: Four and Nine are on the run in America while Six, Seven and Ten are on the look out for Eight in India. Unfortunately, the Mogadorians are hot on their heels and it seems that all out war grows closer as the teens slowly come to realize that an additional threat -- one a little closer to home -- has been thrown into the mix.
The best thing about the Lorien Legacies books, aside from them being genuinely thrilling reads, is the fact that the characters are all strong, smart and capable of taking care of themselves. Sure they have super powers and cool alien guardians that keep an eye on them, but they're also each fully realized characters who seem human despite their superhuman characteristics. Given that these books are mainly targeted at teens, it's pretty refreshing to see both male and female characters who are equally matched in their strengths yet still feel nervous or unsure about how to proceed with the awesome responsibilities they've been given. It's a great message and example for teens.
This book amps up the action considerably and as the teens begin to further discover and develop their abilities, they learn to work together as a team against what is sure to develop into all out war with the Mogadorians. It's also great fun to find out each new power as it makes itself known and just how it will come in handy later on down the road (for the record, I'm torn between which power is my favourite one: Breathing under water? Teleporting? Having glasses that allow you to see just a few minutes into the future? I just can't decide!).
All of this equals a super fun ride for anyone who wants a quick, mindless read that will have you eager for the next book in the series to hurry up and come out already!
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