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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  820 ratings  ·  184 reviews
In an alternate world startlingly close to our own, humans have nine lives—and they can’t wait to burn straight through them.

As you shed lives, you shed your awkward phases: one death is equal to one physical and mental upgrade. Julian’s friends are obsessed with the idea of burning lives, but Julian is determined to stay on his first for as long as he can. His mother, the
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by HarperTeen
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I enjoyed this book tremendously. At first I thought this was so strange but, in a good way. The idea is that you have nine lives to burn in this alternate world. Usually, you die in a controlled environment like a clinic. But, there is a group of kids at the high school that call themselves the Burners that "die" via anyway they want i.e. by fire, drowning, shooting etc. They get a number tattooed on their necks with the number of the lives they are on. But, it changes after each lif
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
I don't even know where to begin. This book started off promising but the further I got, the less I cared for it. 

The best thing about this is the concept. Basically, the characters are living in a world where people have 9 lives instead of 1. Because of the risk of overpopulation, the government regulates how many lives a person has left by getting them to 'burn' them at different stages of their life. In return, people are eligible for different life milestones. For example, if one wants to ge
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Star Rating: Solid 3?

I liked it, I didn’t love it. It was kinda just a big MEH for me. But, *shrugs*, to each their own.
Daniel Carpio
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
Loved the concept of the book. It’s basically about a world where everyone gets to live nine lives. But because of overpopulation and a shortage of natural resources, the government gives people incentives to ‘burn’ their lives. The thing is, the more lives you burn, the more chances you have of developing ‘wrinkles’ which are defects (like not being able to taste anymore or not being able to see a specific color)

I thought this was great minus the ending. I felt like it was rushed. I loved Rock
Pop Bop
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Not Just Some YA Conspiracy Thing

From the blurbs I figured this would start with an interesting premise and then turn into an "uncover the conspiracy" adventure, with maybe some action and probably a touch of romance. Well, yeah, that's actually all true, but boy did this author do a lot of fascinating stuff with the premise before then.

The idea is that in this alt-world everyone has nine lives - that is to say they are reborn eight time before they have their final permadeath. After each death
Kathy Martin
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Julian is part of a society where everyone has nine lives. Each time you die, you upgrade in status and perks. However, Julian watched his mother keep upgrading her life count until she became permadead. Each new life cost in terms of senses and mental ability and even in knowing herself and her family. Julian wants no part of it.

Julian's school has a Burners Club where students throw away their lives in spectacular fashion rather than just visiting an extinguishment clinic. Due to family pressu
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

This was such a unique topic for a book- the concept of every person having nine lives. It was like cats, but not. But also there were cats involved and I cannot help but wonder if that was purposeful? Anyway. Let us break this down into the stuff I liked versus the stuff I did not as much, because sure.

What I Liked:

The concept! It's really interesting- it's basically an alternat
Jennifer Guest
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nine has a very unique premise that I've never come across in a Y.A. novel - in an alternate world almost identical to ours, humans have nine lives. The entire society is structured around burning through lives - in order to get into college, you need to be on at least your 3rd life. To get government subsidies, your family's "life score" has to be high enough to qualify you for assistance. To get job promotions, you may need to burn a life...and so on. Those on their first life are either child ...more
Kate’s Book Spot
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I read the description of this book I wanted to know more, it had my imagination going crazy so I couldn’t resist jumping straight in!

Zach Hines, you had me at the first line - don’t you just love an epic first line!

So I was pulled into the storyline straight away and literally couldn’t stop reading, this is definitely one of those books that continuously has you saying “just one more page”. The concept of humans having nine lives was fascinating, the idea of burning those lives was
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't know whether this is creepily odd or oddly creepy. In an alternate world America, storms have swept in and changed the people into nine-lived beings. When dealing with a burgeoning population, the government goes conspiratorial and experiments with permadeath. Of course, the teens at Lakeshore Academy refine "burning" into an art form until Julian starts questioning the whole idea of using up one's nine lives. I wish there had been a better explanation for Julian's connection with the gh ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
''You grab life by the neck and you choke it to death.''

3.5⭐ So, some things were great but some things were just okay. I love how unique and different the plot was but I just think it wasn’t executed that well. I really like this concept of having nine lives and how society is in this premise. However, I felt that the plot and the character development was a bit rushed. I felt that the world building was a bit lacking as some things were still left unanswered for me at the end. Nevertheless, I
Completely Melanie
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: unhauled
I would give this 3.75, yes I am being that picky. It wasn't quite a 4 star for me, but I did really enjoy it. I don't feel like I need to summarize anything on here because you can just read the synopsis and I don't want to spoil anything. ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This book was INCREDIBLE! Ah, I need to process my thoughts on this more before I review.

Shera (Book Whispers)
Meh. Review to come, but I really didn't care for it. So much lost potential and world building. Honestly quiet boring. ...more
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I bought this book just because of the concept alone. Humans with 9 lives & we follow Julian, a high school student who values his life and doesn't want to waste even a single one. But what happens when he must sacrifice at least one?

The introduction was great. It established the main mechanics of the world pretty well. I thought it would be simple, just humans with 9 lives but this new human attribute was integrated into the functioning society and it created a very i
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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In a clever twist on dystopian storytelling, Zach Hines shows us a present day alternative world remarkably similar to our own in his debut novel NINE.

Hundreds of years ago, in an Earth of a different dimension, a comet crashed into the planet, altering the atmosphere. When the fallout cleared, humans were irrevocably altered, having nine lives instead of just one.

Fast forward to the present day and society has adapted to their nine lives. Needing to organize structure and optimize the populatio
Ainslee || Jest and Hearts
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was so weird but so interesting.

The book is full of strange death clubs, government secrets and conspiracies, weird super intelligent cats and cicadas(yes, you read that right!) and rebellion groups.

Basically the story is set in an alternate universe where people have nine lives. When they die their "life score" increases and they get benefits like money and better jobs etc. The main character Julian doesn't want to die, hes on his first life which is unusual for someone his age. The more l
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
The whole concept was freaky and interesting (sounded a bit like a Black Mirror episode). People burn through their lives, 10 in total, and in the process get a better, yet flawed body. You will be more slim and handsome, but still return with a 'Wrinkle', like losing taste or seeing a certain color. The higher the number, the better your chances in life. You need to burn through certain lives in order to gain things like a job and a marriage.

Julian is a solid number 1 and he is planning to sta
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
They Both Die At The End on crack.

Where do I begin? What even is this book? For some people, this book might be information and sensory overload.
Do not skim read this book, everything is important everything matters. If you so much as skim read or skip two sentences you will be completely lost.
Curiosity and the desire to know plays a huge part in this book. Both for the readers and the characters.
I feel like I just read and learned something I shouldn’t have. Like it’s some kind of secret t
Rachel Kelly
Feb 22, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book and I have been on a journey. I remember reading the description in like 10th grade while at Barnes and Noble, and just thinking it was the coolest idea! I also remember searching for it the next time I was at Barnes and Noble and not being able to find it. I wish it would have stayed that way :/ I got this for like $2 off of BookOutlet and it still cost too much money. The whole thing is weird and I really had to force myself to read the book. I had to resist the temptation to set it ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book! The concept of people having 9 lives was so interesting and creative and I just couldn’t put this book down! All my expectations going into this book were exceeded! My only criticism would be that I wish the ending was more clear (specifically about the cat). Would love an explanation if anyone has one....
Heini | lokikirjoituksia
I really wanted to give this book three stars because the concept is intriguing and some parts of the plot are actually good. However, both the plot and the characters were too vague and didn’t evoke any feelings: this was just a typical sci-fi action book where the characters might or might not die but I honestly don’t care. Which is sad because I really did want to care.
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

It was weirdly great. Lol. It is definitely a new concept for me. It delivered, imo. The world building is great, the writing good. The story line, yep.

It just a bit descriptive in some parts but some parts are NOT that descriptive if you get my drift. I still have questions. Like, where did the bodies comes from? Like did they get it manufactured or something? I'm morbidly curious about the science of it. Lol. They jus
Patrick Barry
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun sci fi yarn where in an alternative universe people have nine lives. Not surprisingly so do cats. Each succeeding life is. Supposed to bring people closer to their self actualization. While it seem idyllic, it exacerbates world problems like over population and hunger. Too, people that are experiencing rebirth are having defects and people are disappearing. Young Julian resists the idea of rebirth and finds himself caught in the web of mystery. A nice fun summer read.
May 28, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF because I couldn't get into this one ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was creepier than I expected it to be, but also quite intriguing.
Kryssi D'Eredita
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked it, though it ended kind of abruptly 🤷🏻‍♀️
Faith Ellis
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very unique apocalyptic-type of book. I like the idea but it could have been taken to another level. Overall I would recommend reading because it was interesting!
Danielle Heiert
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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Zach Hines is a novelist and screenwriter. Originally from West Virginia, he was based in Hong Kong, where for over ten years he worked as a journalist. He now lives in Los Angeles. Nine is his debut novel.

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