Author: Rachelle Dekker
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Some secrets can't stay hidden
Zoe Johnson has spent most of her life living in the shadows, never drawing attention to herself, never investing in people or places. But when a wide-eyed, bedraggled teenager with no memory walks into the diner where Zoe works, everything changes.
Against her better judgment, Zoe, who has been trying to outrun her own painful memories of the past, finds herself attempting to help a girl who doesn't seem to have any past at all. With little warning, they must follow the only sure thing they know: a woman hundreds of miles away, will either save them . . . or be the last person to see them alive.
Reviewer: Kara Linaburg
I didn’t know what to expect with this book but I was BLOWN away. It’s for sure on the paranormal side but I loved every minute!
I am not normally a fan of the whole bad-guy-good-guy bounce where you can’t tell….is he good or is he faking? It makes for a headache and cliche plot, but it totally worked for Nine. I didn’t know what to expect with who, and I found the closeness between Zoe and Lucy sweet and healing.
Also the idea of cloning is always so interesting, because people have different takes on this. I loved it here in Nine, because it explored the human mind in a way that made me think about things, like who are we? Are we more than what we’ve done? And do we decide who we are?
These themes in Nine were powerful and stayed with me long after the last page.
The fight scenes…
We must talk about the fight scenes for a minute! It was like something out of an action movie — very hip, very cool, and also very violent if I were honest.
The writing style…
A bit like Veronica Roth, I really enjoyed Dekker’s style. It drew me in from the very beginning, giving me a view as though I were watching a movie while in the same breath in the heads of the characters. I love that! I also loved the plot twists, the action, and in general everything about this book. It spoke of hope in the storm while being both gritty and raw.
I would recommend this to fans of dystopian, fantasy, paranormal, and anything in between. A book in the human condition but one that leaves you flipping through the pages ASAP because you are left hanging so many times!
This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group/Revell, and Interviews and Reviews.
Reviewer: Eva-Joy Schonhaar
Rachelle Dekker has crafted a compelling thriller that (thankfully) lacks many of the weird supernatural elements usually associated with the Dekker name/brand. I would say that the more fantastical elements found in Nine are more along the lines of the simulations in Divergent, instead of something from the demonic realm. So I appreciated that.
The character of Seeley was well-done. I can't say a lot more without giving away spoilers, but if you like dark, conflicted, 'yearning for the light, yet entrenched in the darkness' character, you'll probably love Seeley. Lucy was also an interesting character, with the pull between her human side and her 'trained weapon' side. I didn't like Zoe so much, mainly for two reasons. 1) I found her absolute devotion to Lucy a tad unbelievable. 2) She's twenty-four, but seems much older. Couldn't relate. :P
I didn't know that Nine was connected to one of Rachelle Dekker's previous books, The Girl Behind the Red Rope (with Ted Dekker). Again, I won't say much more for the sake of spoilers, but that connection was interesting. However, just so you're aware, I wouldn't say Nine is a straight-up sequel to Girl (so you could probably read the one without reading the other).
The plot itself was tense and twisty. Nine is definitely a win for fans of thrillers!
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Revell, through Interviews & Reviews, for my honest opinion.
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