Ninth City Burning
We never saw them coming.
Entire cities disappeared in the blink of an eye, leaving nothing but dust and rubble. When an alien race came to make Earth theirs, they brought with them a weapon we had no way to fight, a universe-altering force known as...more
Ninth City Burning is an impressive debut, built upon an array of inventive ideas and wildly original world-building. It may be a science fiction novel at its core, but it also contains plenty of elements that would not be out of place in a fantasy epic. The story, which takes place hundreds of years in the future, is told through no less than half a dozen diverse narratives all woven together to form its brutal premise of ...more
There are some particularly interesting female characters: Kiz, the amazingly intelligent creator/engineer; Naomi, a member of an outsider group known as Walkers, who turns out to be a rare source of thelemity (magic, ...more
I fell in love with the multiple perspectives Black writes from, especially Jax, Rae, and Kizabel—three of the seven perspectives with whom you will explore this similar, but foreign enviro ...more
Especially considering I just read FIRST KING OF SHANNARA and I found it such a slog because it was so overwritten, I was not expecting to get thrown right into another. Any action in the story, any character development, all lost in the expansive pit of detail that is this book. And I don’t say that lovingl ...more
It blends Science Fiction and Fantasy while splitting the difference between YA and 'regular' writing.
Instead of having one angsty teen protagonist, Black introduces multiple viewpoint characters, who thankfully go light on the overwrought teen-drama that makes parts of The Hunger Games hard to push though.
And it does all these things pretty well.
I really enjoyed it and look forward to the sequel.
— Megan Cavitt
from The Best Books We Read In October 2016: http://bookriot.com/2016/10/31/riot-r... ...more
This is a clever and creative story that weaves together a post-apocalyptic world with enough science to be believable and enough magic to be fanciful. But the true heart of the story are the people who live in this intricately detailed world.
Delightfully, the ladies in the story were written three dimensionally wit ...more
For the first 150 or so pages, we are evolving in a world we can assume to be Earth several hundred years in the future, but we don’t really know why or who it got ...more
This epic science fiction novel takes place in an Earth bound together against a common enemy they've been fighting for centuries. This is a world very different, but still similar in ways that will make the reader smile with how Black incorporates old forms of pop culture into this new society.
Along with this well-described world comes a group of characters who are fighting this war in their own ways. The multiple pers ...more
What this book is about:
In the distant future planet Earth and its citizens have been in war with alien forces reffered to as "Valentines" or "Romeo". Earth has been defending its place in this universe for many years now and seems to be winning the fight against Romeo. But things might not be as good as they appear and our planet will soon find itself in grave danger..
Ninth City Burning is a debut young adult, scie ...more
More often than not, I’m wary of books with shifting first-person. In this case, readers meet seven different points of view – and every single one of those characters have their own voices. I find this impre ...more
The above sounds nonsensical for someone who hasn't read "Ninth City Burning" but I hope it has piqued your interest. This debut starts off an explosive new series that has quite th ...more
I am an Indigo employee, and I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Indigo Books and Music, in exchange for my honest feedback.
I had low expectations going into this book, and although it was slow to start, I found myself hooked into this gripping dystopian tale of science and magic. My one complaint is that there was quite a lot of jargon and terminology that often went over my head, and I felt like I had to read and re-read paragraphs because they went over my head the ...more
At times this novel seemed more like reading a textbook. Not surprisin ...more
The story: 500 years ago Earth was attacked by aliens. Only nine cities are left on the planet. Young people are recruited to fight ...more
The basic premise is a world set in another universe with different laws of science. It's a cross of alien invasion/military SF and YA, with the drawbacks of both. There's a new vocabulary to learn (thelemity and fontani are just two of many), and multiple narrators (seven, I think), all from the first person perspective. And of course it's written in the present tense, because that's what all YA authors seem to do these days.
People have scattered across the land, some choosing to be wan ...more
So, by day 5, I was ready to finish it up, but I wasn't upset that I still had another few chapters to read on day 6. It was a really good book.
The author does a great jo ...more
Did not finish at 41%.
Ultimately I'd pass on this book if I were you. I'm glad I found it on sale.
Seven young narrators tell the story in first person of Earth's fate in this four part novel. The narrators are are: Jax, Torro, Vinneas, sisters Rae and Naomi, Kizabel, and Imway.
An alien race, nicknamed "Romeo"or the "Valentines," wants to take over the Earth. The war began 500 years ago when "Romeo" brought a weapon that is a universe-altering force known as thelemity. ...more