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Lore, Pittacus. The Rise of Nine: I Am Number Four, Book 3.

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Lore, Pittacus. The Rise of Nine: I Am Number Four, Book 3. HarperCollins, 2012. 416p. $17.99. 978-0-06-197458-8.

Third in the I Am Number Four series finds our superpower alien heroes scattered and on the run, searching for answers and captured friends. The Loriens can only be killed in a particular order by a powerful rival race, or if they are all together. John Smith/Number Four is working with aggressive Nine and dreaming of evil Mogadorian general Setrakus Ra, who captured his nerdy best friend Sam and ex-girlfriend Sarah. Meanwhile, hot and tough Six is teamed up with the healer Marina/Seven and the newly discovered Ella, long lost Number Ten. Six, Seven, and Ten meet Number Eight in India; he has been hiding out and pretending to be a form of the Hindu god Vishnu, which must be offensive to somebody.

Lore's (really, James Frey and Jobie Hughes, presumably) series is far more entertaining than it has any right to be. Interactions between characters are the best part, although they are overshadowed by constant running, fighting, and lengthy discussions while waiting for the next fight or more running. There is so much mythology from the previous books it is hard to tell characters apart, especially when John, Marina, and Six swap narration duties. Ra's presence gives us an appropriately epic villain, but the story gets weighed down with so many indestructible super characters. Heroes are much more interesting when they bruise. The authors are gifted at dragging everything out, but hopefully an end is in sight.

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Author:Weaver, Matthew
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Young adult review
Date:Dec 1, 2012
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