By J. Patrick Black
Rating: 3 / 5
Review: I was excited to read this book because on the back of the book, it said that fans of the Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Red Rising would enjoy this book. I’m not sure how much Red Rising fans will like this book as I’ve yet to read that, but nonetheless, I think this would be an enjoyable read for most everyone.
I love the author’s writing style, and I’m surprised that things didn’t get confusing as this book is told from the perspective of several different people. The story flowed together very well, which is a testament to the author’s superb writing skills. For those of you worried that this book will not be interesting as the whole “ailen invades earth, human race is fighting for survival” is not a novel idea, Black does add several elements that make this story unique to him, so you do not have to worry about being bored.
I’m surprised that I liked this book, as I usually stay away from dystopian type of books, but I can make an exception for Ninth City Burning. I do think the introduction could use some work, and the concept of thelemity should have been introduced earlier in the book. There were also several moments when I wished that the author could stop trying to describe everything in such minute detail, and a lot of the excitement is lost in all the details thrown around.
In the end though, this was an enjoyable read, and I recommend it for anyone looking to dive into dystopian books!