Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black
Published September 6, 2016 by Ace
Genres Science Fiction, Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
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 thelemity. It seemed nothing could stop it—until we discovered we could wield the power too. Five hundred years later, the Earth is locked in a grinding war of attrition. The talented few capable of bending thelemity to their will are trained in elite military academies, destined for the front lines. Those who refused to support the war have been exiled to the wilds of a ruined Earth. But the enemy’s tactics are changing, and Earth’s defenders are about to discover this centuries-old war has only just begun. As a terrible new onslaught looms, heroes will rise from unlikely quarters, and fight back.
This was an interesting book that combined science fiction with both dystopia and post-apocalyptic. I have heard other book bloggers compare this book to Ender’s Game and Red Rising, however I haven’t read either of these so I can’t make a comparison either way. I enjoyed that the author wrote from several different character’s perspectives, including Jax, Rae and Kizabel, who were my favorite out of the 7 perspectives that he wrote from. Sometimes when an author uses so many different perspectives, it can get confusing but I personally did not feel that way about this book. I also sometimes feels that I don’t get to know the characters as well when there are so many main characters, but again I didn’t feel that way when reading this book. The book focuses on the remainder of the human race fighting for control over Earth against aliens. I know that we have seen this theme in other YA book in recent years, but I felt that this book contained it’s own unique story. I did find the beginning of the book to be a bit slow but farther into the book the plot stays at a faster and more steady pace. Overall, it was an interesting book and I think readers who have enjoyed similar books in the science fiction genre will also enjoy Ninth City Rising! Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy of this book. Happy reading!