Book Review - Nine

Nine-Zach Hines

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I have to admit that I was a little hesitant to read this book. The premise is good, it’s an alternate world where humans have nine lives, but I was hesitant because I have read way too many books where the world building is not so great which made the book confusing to read. Nine was not one of those books.

The world building in this book is incredible. I believed that what these characters were doing could be real, and that maybe this world could exist. People get reborn in a lake? Bit strange, but sure, I can accept that even if I don’t understand how it could work.

If there is one word I could use to describe this book it would be disturbing. There’s something truly unsettling about high school kids preaching about how great it is to ‘burn’ through your lives. It was disturbing to read about a mass suicide at a party and for the main character to see the aftermath. It was disturbing to be there when the main character had to jump off a building just so he could get money from the government to live. And it’s even more disturbing when they kids wake up with ‘wrinkles’, or imperfections, with their new bodies. It was really harrowing when one kid found out that he could no longer taste, and when the main character could no longer see the colour green and therefore could no longer see the colour of his dead mother’s eyes. It was heart breaking.

But, it was also intriguing and very, very gripping. The main character, Julian, was so likable. He didn’t bow down to society’s norms and I felt so sorry for him when he had to burn through some of his lives just in order to make enough money to live. Cody, and her fascination with the lake cats and her strong sense of right and wrong, was also a really fun character to read about. The character that I could have done without was Molly. I didn’t really believe her and Julian’s friendship all that much, and there wasn’t really any emotion when she turned up not remembering anything about her past life, and to be honest, I didn’t really care that much and didn’t think she added much to the plot. But that’s just a personal opinion.

Overall, I really did enjoy the cleverness of this book and it’s originality. I had really high hopes for this book and certainly wasn’t disappointed.

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