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I was expecting a bit more from this one
on January 3, 2014
I really really really wanted to love this book, but sadly I just didn’t. I think I expected more from the book. I wanted to see the Loric come together and start kicking ass, instead we spent a majority of the book waiting for them to find each other. That’s not to say that other things don’t happen, they do, but I felt as if this one was very repetitive. There are only so many times I can watch John/ Four or whoever get cornered by the bad guys and somehow miraculously fight his way out.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book. I like the action and suspense and sci-fi goodness this series brings. I love the kickass characters and how they really are just simply awesome. What I don’t like is that I still don’t have many answers concerning Lorien. I feel like I just have to accept certain things without any real reasoning or backing. Maybe the answers are being withheld until the conclusion, but I feel like there are a lot of things we should have answers to by now.
John/ Four is still awesome and I still love him, even when he is being all mopey over Sarah. Gosh, Sarah, I dislike her… a lot. She isn’t even in this one really and she still aggravated me. Then we have Six, who is all sorts of awesome. She is the definition of a tough chick. I love that we got her perspective in this one. With that, I wish we could have lost Marina’s perspective. She annoys me. Then we have what I think is the best addition to this series, Nine. Nine is an awesome character. He is hysterical! He always has a response and is always ready for a fight. Heck, he is always looking for a fight. But underneath the snark and wit, there is a good hearted guy there. He was rude, but I pretty much fell in love with him.
The ending to this one kinda kills and not necessarily in a good way. There really isn’t much closure. I get that it is a series, but I still want a story ARC and this book lacked that. The story came to a climax, but I feel as if the climax has been left to conclude in the next book. Plus, I thought the ending came about abruptly. I also didn’t like the transition between chapters. Every chapter seemed to end on a cliffhanger, almost as a ploy to keep you reading. While I am all about keeping your readers invested in the story, I don’t think you need to end every chapter the way the author did.
All in all, The Rise of Nine was a good addition to the series, albeit a bit disappointing. However, I have hopes for the next one as this book really sets up for the event we have all been waiting for.