Published: August 21st, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
e-copy: Publisher and Edelweis
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.
Ok, let's recap - Book 1 has #4 and #6, book 2 introduces #7 and #10. The Rise of Nine introduces #8 and #9. Got that? 6 very different characters and personalities, but with one goal in mind. Find and kill Setrakus Ra. Who is he? Well he is one mega-nasty Mogadorian who is only interested in killing them all as painfully as possible.
This book has all 6 of them running around the world trying to catch up with each other, and getting into explosive straits in the meantime. It is very cool to see each of them develop new and more interesting legacies and I laughed out loud a couple of times at the obvious joy the boys have with the 'toys' they find in their chests. Just like kids at Christmas.
Unfortunately, the book is written in several 1st person POVs that can change with alarming frequency, and I did find it more than a little confusing sometimes. As the action heats up, the POVs change more frequently, so you have to concentrate really hard to work out who's telling you what. In spite of that, I thoroughly enjoyed the Rise of Nine and I'm sure that it will not disappoint fans. It's so easy to picture Alex Pettyfer whenever #4 is talking - swoon!
In a silly aside, where I come from we sometimes refer to cats as mogs or moggies - so it was a little disconcerting when the Mogadorians are referred to as Mogs. I kept picturing 8ft tall cats - not quite was was intended, I'm sure.