The Rise of Nine: Lorien Legacies Book 3
I truly enjoyed the first two books of this series and was looking forward to Rise of Nine; at least until I learned there would be six books in the series. That presents two problems for me: 1) waiting years to get closure and 2) the "middle" will probably lag. Sadly, not only did this book lag with little actual plot development, but the actions of the Loriens became so ridiculous I could no longer suspend my disbelief.I have an excellent memory for books, but after reading several dozen books over the year, details begin to erode from following so many series. I was a third of the way into Nine before everything started clicking again. And now it'll be another year before the cliffhanger ending gets picked up. And, Rise of Nine is a "middle" book with all that comes with being one. First off, it jumped around like a madman from one narrator to the next, with the teens spread about the globe. In fact, the last few pages switched between the 7 Loriens paragraph by paragraph, straining my ability to keep track of who was talking (as they all speak in first person!) I did like knowing what was happening to all of them, rather than being stuck with one narrator, but it was poorly organized. But, the more serious problem I had with the book may come down to me being an adult and not the intended YA audience.The teen angst got on my nerves, as well as continuing story contrivances. These teens are on the run for their lives; they have seen their dearest family murdered before their eyes; and yet, they make stupid mistakes and fight amongst themselves like regular teenagers! It just didn't make sense. Nine and Four get caught by the FBI because they are too busy playing with the items in their chests? I mean, really?! Oh, and those chests. So important, yet not one of these kids knows how to use more than one or two items. And have hurt themselves with them more than once. The Cepans knew they could be killed at any time - why would they not go through every item with their charges, or at least leave instructions, just in case?SPOILER>>>>And, speaking of contrivances, the big bad can take away their legacies. All this build-up about how important these kids are; how important their legacies will be, and snap - he can just take them away with a thought? It stretches credibility to the breaking point.>>>>ENDSPOILEROverall, the book wasn't bad but the saga has lost serious momentum for me. After an entire book, all that was accomplished was bringing everyone together except Five. No doubt, the next book will spend its entirety looking for him/her - how else will they stretch this out 3 more books? Though I still find the over-arching story interesting, I will probably hold off on reading any more until all the books have been released. Recommended, but with reservations.