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The Rising

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  948 ratings  ·  162 reviews
From acclaimed thriller-suspense novelists Heather Graham and Jon Land comes a story of action, mystery, and the endurance of young love.

Twenty-four hours. That's all it takes for the lives of two young people to be changed forever.

Alex Chin has the world on a plate. A football hero and homecoming king with plenty of scholarship offers, his future looks bright. His tutor,
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by Tor Books
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Thriller/suspense and science fiction are the best descriptions for this book, IMO. If I had to pick just one, I'd say SF. Even though there's a roman…moreThriller/suspense and science fiction are the best descriptions for this book, IMO. If I had to pick just one, I'd say SF. Even though there's a romantic element, this book really isn't what you'd call a romantic suspense novel; that genre usually means something different, like a Mary Stewart or Victoria Holt novel.(less)
Priscilla Del Gesso yes, I'm raising 3 grandchildren in high school, and 8th grade. I would let them read this book.…moreyes, I'm raising 3 grandchildren in high school, and 8th grade. I would let them read this book.(less)

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Decent but lightweight YA SF thriller. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

In The Rising (2017), Alex Chin is a rising star, the handsome blond quarterback of his high school football team, dating the head cheerleader. His Chinese adoptive parents are concerned about his grades not being good enough, and his nerdy tutor Samantha, a classmate with plans for a career at NASA, hounds him to work harder at school, while nursing a secret and seemingly hopeless crush on Alex. He also has
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amazing book! I love that amid all the aliens, there was so much humanity between our main characters. As a young adult story, the teenage voice was accurate and honest. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope there will be sequels!
My original The Rising audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.
The Rising is a collaboration between prolific writers Heather Graham and Jon Land. It is a science-fiction type suspense novel with a little, clean romance thrown in. It seems geared towards young adults.
While I often enjoy young adult novels with well-developed characters, I was a little disappointed with the simplistic young adult vibe in this. The two high school protagonists are likeable characters b
Taylor Knight
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect from The Rising when I started it. I loved the synopsis but I'd seen some mixed reviews.
My favorite thing about The Rising is the concept. It was a really fun sci-fi thriller and I liked the two main characters, even though they were made up of stereotypes. I was disappointed in the creation of Alex though. Everything was set up for him to be a diverse character, last name Chin and it was mentioned that his parents are from China, but he's actually white. He's adopt
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Heather Graham is such a prominent and prolific writer that these days it’s nearly impossible to walk into a bookstore or even the books section of your local grocery or department store without seeing her name on something. That said, even though Graham has been on my radar for a while, I must confess I’d been woefully unfamiliar with her work. Up until recently, I honestly thought she only wrote exclusively romances an
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I’m torn between giving this a 3.5 or a 4 star rating.

The Rising is a YA novel that mainly follows two high schoolers: Alex, a blond-haired, blue-eyed football star heartthrob, who was adopted by Chinese couple, An & Li Chin. And Samantha, an intern at NASA who hopes to one day be an astronaut, and also happens to be Alex’s tutor; as they fight their way against an impending alien invasion.

The Rising was very fast paced and action packed, it definitely keeps you interested from the very beginni
Sherry Fundin
Buckle your seat belt because this is going to be a very bumpy ride.

Two of my must read authors, Heather Graham and Jon Land, have come together to create to create a fabulous science fiction thriller in The Rising.

Alex is special and he doesn’t know it. He suffers a football injury, winding up in the hospital, and the action and adventure begin.

As Alex, Sam, Raiff and Donati are drawn together, forces are determined to stop them.

The Trackers want him. The Watchers and Guardians protect him.

Therese Thompson
Mar 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm finished-thank god. Terrible. Had to skim last third, due to the inability to read with any enjoyment. ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
High school football player Alex Chin sets his sights on winning for the playoffs. His tutor Samantha is at the top of her class but she would like to date Alex. A tackle on the football field lands him in the hospital and his CT scan reveals an abnormality. All of a sudden, his doctor is killed. Samantha walks in after Alex's parents lay dying on the floor. His mother tells Sam to get Alex and run. Alex knows he is adopted but the story must come out as to how this came to be and who he really ...more
This story kept me engaged. It was fast paced and really interesting. I hope there's another book. ...more
Bart Hopkins
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
The premise is somewhat interesting, but the execution of this book was mediocre, and barely that. Clunky writing. Cheesy characters.

The story gets very, very repetitive with some of the content. Like how many times characters say or insist, to Alex, that he "knows something" and then he insists he doesn't, then they tell him, "oh, you justy don't know you know it." That literally happens 30-35 times. A few times would be foreshadowing or building suspense, but it becomes ridiculous and clumsy.

Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Four Stars: An intense and exciting YA sci fi thriller full of suspense and surprises.

For Alex and Samantha, it is a typical Friday night in their home town. Alex is in his starring role as the local football hero. Meanwhile, Sam is feeling out of place at the football game, because usually she is studying or researching for her internship. Tonight, Sam is nursing her secret crush on Alex while she wrestles with whether she will help the mean girl clique, the Cat Pack, cheat on their biology te
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Though I have never read anything from Jon Land, I am a huge Heather Graham fan, so I was so excited to get to review this audio!! Not a huge sci-fi fan but it was light enough that It didn't get to bogged down in tech stuff.

Alex thought he was just an ordinary teenager football player until he had an accident on the field that changed his whole life. Sam, was his tutor and had a major crush on him, and she got thrown into the chaos after finding Alex's parents dead and some strange people after
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Think Heroes meets Area 51 and you'll be on your way to The Rising.
Young Alex, a high school football star, is injured at a game.
The hospital finds a strange shadow in his brain... and then the weird stuff happens.
I would have given this 4 stars except the ending set me up for a sequel.
I wish it had closed the story.
Ray Palen
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first heard of this collaboration between authors Heather Graham and Jon Land I was filled with anticipation. Graham is the author of more than one hundred novels and Land has been putting out solid thrillers for decades highlighted by the terrific series featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong.

Authors who write in different genres could find it difficult to blend their talents and ideas into a cohesive story. I am pleased to say this is not the case with THE RISING. In what I hope will be
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
While I would classify the book as YA since the protagonist is a teen, I really can see this being read by adults as well. It is more a sci-fi thriller than YA in it's feel.

This was a intense ride. There are a little bit of social issues at hand in this book which I found interesting since it is a turn on its head than what is generally expected, but it really is about Alex, Sam (an intelligent girl) and aliens which all fit into questions about Alex's life he never thought to ask. There is murd
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2017
I didn't know a lot about The Rising going into it. I have read a ton of books by Heather Graham and I had no idea she was collaborating with another author. The Rising is a Sci-fi ,YA-ish novel about an all american football high school boy whose life turns upside down when he is injured in a game. He has always known he was adopted. He just never knew the real story of how his Asian parents came to adopt a blond hair, blue eyed baby. What he learns is beyond his imagination.

I thought this book
Jodi Pomerleau
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not much one for Sci-Fi, and this book doesn't fit the niche exactly, but it was other worldly in that Alex, the main character, is not human. He looks human, behaves human, and believes himself to be human, but that all is dispelled when he suffers a concussion playing football. The story is a combination young adult romance, Sci-fi, thriller. It was a good thing there were some boring explanations of worm holes (not only once, so I could skim when the explanation was given again) so that I ...more
April Sarah
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars.
Heather Thompson
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book! It was a fun, quick read. An enjoyable YA novel. I really liked the quick pace of the book. Never a dull moment. Definitely wanted to keep turning the pages to see what was coming next. My only disappointment.....I can’t find any information about the next book in this new series!
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
There were parts of this novel I wanted to rate a 4 to. Unfortunately, there were also parts of this that warranted a 2 due to cliched mustache twirling level villain aspects that I could have done without.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The teaming of authors Jon Land and Heather Graham ends up paying immediate dividends as their young adult/science fiction/action thriller book The Rising manages to straddle the genre lines of all three of those categories and turns into a heck of a thrill ride.

The book starts out like an episode of "Friday Night Lights" where the action is set on the football field and star player Alex Chin. In the stands is his tutor, Samantha Dixon. She is doubly tied to him to do her unrequited crush on him
Hannah T
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
If I were to describe this book in one word, I would say it’s overloaded. I found it very hard to keep up with everything that was happening as the book progressed. It was switching between four different characters almost every chapter and I had to hone in on every intricate detail. The book had so much to tell about Alex, Sam, and multiple other character’s stories in such a short amount of pages, and I feel like the pacing of the story could have been better organized.
Despite that, I’d give
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Alex Chin, a white boy adopted by his Chinese parents, is a football star looking at a bright future. He dates the head of the cheerleaders, is looking at multiple scholarships and is looking forward to his future after high school. His tutor, Samantha, prepares for her internship with NASA and has secretly harbored a crush on Alex. During a football game, Samantha's iPad gets stolen by a stranger in the bleachers while Alex gets into an accident on the field that sends him to the hospital. His ...more
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3.5 stars from Tadiana, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATURE

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In The Rising (2017), Alex Chin is a rising star, the handsome blond quarterback of his high school football team, dating the head cheerleader. His Chinese adoptive parents are concerned about his grades not being good enough, and his nerdy tutor Samantha, a classmate with plans for a career at NASA, hounds him to work harder at school, whil
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Though I'm not familiar with Jon Land's work I am familiar with Heather Graham's that is why I picked up "The Rising". Over all it was a good Science Fiction story. Very different from what I'm used to reading by Heather Graham. I enjoyed reading about Alex and Sam and following the beginning of their journey. Though I'm looking forward to what will come next their is a part of me that wishes​ this would have been a stand alone story instead of the set up for a series. ...more
Bruce Wert
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
excellent book. lots of suspense, drama and great adventure. Another book that I couldn't put down. Wish I could give it a rating higher than five. ...more
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Twenty-four hours. That's all it takes for the lives of two young people to be changed forever.
Alex Chin has the world on a plate. A football hero and homecoming king with plenty of scholarship offers, his future looks bright. His tutor, Samantha Dixon, is preparing to graduate high school at the top of her class. She plans to turn her NASA internship into a career.
When a football accident lands Alex in the h
Julie Kuebler
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I originally wrote this review in April.

My review: "I just finished this book last night. Now, normally, I can finish a book in a night; maybe two if I started late at night or if it's super long. But with The Rising, I bumped into a few problems which made it a bit difficult to read. It took me three days to get through it.

I'm trying to figure out how to best review this book, but I'm having a really hard time.

I guess I should get it out of the way and just admit that yes, I did like it. The
William Bentrim
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Rising by Jon Land and Heather Graham

This story starts with a football hero and a stereotypical nerd. Alex is the hero and Sam is the nerd. Samantha is Alex’s tutor. The two discover that Alex isn’t what he seems and that the world as they know it is about to change.

The authors have crafted a likeable pair of teenagers. They clearly show the over the top confidence that some teens exhibit but in this case, Alex isn’t posturing, he really is both physically and psychically a strong and good
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Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some tria

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