***MINOR SPOILERS INVOLVED, BUT MORE SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS***

As you may recall at the end of the 2nd book, we were able to read from two different points of view – one from Four, or John Smith, and the other from Seven, Marina. Now in this book, the third book, we get three points of view. We still get Four’s and Seven’s, and now we can add Six’s!

And I hadn’t actually noticed this in the 2nd book, either, but I just realized it reading this book, that there is a specific font-type associated with each POV. I don’t know why I didn’t actually notice it before, but there it is.

The Rise of Nine basically starts up where it left off at the end of The Power of Six. John, Nine, and John’s chæmera, Bernie Kosar (whose Lorien name is Hadley), group together after escaping the Mogadorian caves (unintentionally leaving Sam Goode behind in the caves), but we find out soon enough that not only are the Mogs on their tail, but the FBI is still after John as well, although it may not be for the sole reason of the incident in Paradise. You soon find realize that there could be more to the FBI chasing him than previously thought.

The Rise of Nine

On another part of the world, Six, Seven, Ten, and Ten’s self-appointed Cêpan, Crayton, move on from Spain. From there, they go on a journey that may lead them to another Garde (one of them), and of course it’s fraught with danger not only by Mogs, but other people for their own reasons.

Setrákus Ra, the powerful leader of the Mogadorians, arrives on Earth as well, and half of the Garde seem to want a piece of him during the course of the book.

The battle scenes are fun, and there are quite a few, (view spoiler)[including a few between two specific Gardes (hide spoiler)] with even a few verbal ones that make for some tense moments.

Regarding the characters, let me just say most of these Lorien aliens/teenagers pretty much share very similar traits and characteristics as human teenagers. Whether that’s because they were raised on Earth, who knows. There’s a brave one, a shy one, an enigmatic one, an arrogant one, and of course, a lovesick one to name a few.

They all have different powers, that, when banded together, make them stronger so that they can beat the big bad evil leader.

Because of this, you have to root for these Lorics, right? Sure you do!

Only, some of them just aren’t as likeable as you’d probably want them to be, which adds another element to the story.

One person that I have grown to admire through reading this third book is Six. She is probably my favorite characters of this series so far. Sure, she’s attractive and probably can get any guy she wants, but she does have a heart and cares for others, humans and Lorics alike. She is wonderfully capable of taking care of herself, as it’s known she’s had to do for quite a few years, is very sure of herself and her abilities, and doesn’t seem to let her emotions get the better of her. You find that almost all the Garde that know her seem to consider her the one to look up to, and she’s not arrogant about it at all.

As with the previous books, more Legacies come into play, especially since we’re still learning about the newer Garde members[and I'm looking forward to finding out if Four really is Pittacus Lore reincarnated. I'm kind of hoping he is, just to prove Nine wrong (hide spoiler)].

THE RISE OF NINE is a pretty straightforward concept and storyline, but still an enjoyable book with loads of adventure. So, grab a copy and read up!

Oh, and long live Bernie Kosar!