Nine by Zach Hines


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 ultimate cautionary tale, burned through her first eight in just a f...

Details Nine

Release DateAug 7th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction

Reviews Nine

  • MarytheBookLover
    My Opinion: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...
  • Pop Bop
    Not Just Some YA Conspiracy ThingFrom 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 t...
  • Kathy Martin
    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 visit...
  • Ainslee || Jest and Hearts
    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 lif...
  • Lex
    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 morbi...
  • Tashy
    **I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion**"We embrace death, and we make a mockery of it. Death. She is our bitch."Wise words huh?I started reading this YA novel right after I finished the Black Dagger Brotherhood series just to get something fresh in my head. I hope my review isn't too biased. Because in all honesty, I can only give this book 3 stars. It had a lot of potential when it first started but I feel like it co...
  • Hannah L (Reviewer)
    A stand alone, Nine asks the question: would we value life if we had nine of them? The answer, heck no. Julian is a One. He hasn't died even once yet, but that comes with the problem of not getting any of the physical advancements that comes with dying. For each death, you get tax breaks and stronger, faster, smarter, prettier and more talented. Julian is quite unusual and he is in a lot of danger when the life burners get their sights locked on ...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I really enjoyed Nine by Zach Hines in the midst of reading many many fantasies. This is more of a dystopian world where everyone has nine lives and the higher your life number, the more high your standing in society is. Each time you die you get regenerated/reborn in a Lake. But something sinister is going on with how these Lakes are managed. The book follows Julian (and a couple other characters) in third person, and he is the only "One" in his...
  • Aoife
    An eerie, unique novel. The central idea - that humans have been granted nine lives instead of just one - is fascinating and something I've never come across before.However, the writing was confusing. Information was dropped in at random points, I was never quite sure of the rules, and after finishing I was still confused about certain plot points. Maybe this is part of a sequel and they'll be addressed later, I don't know.If there is a sequel, I...
  • Robson Gabriel
    I expected so much of this book. The plot was something new that could be so much more and, at the end, was just some poor take on suicide and the value of life. Julian could be a great lead character, i true revolutionary, but turned out to be just someone with their own agenda, with no care for the greater good. Theres a lot o loose ends, no explanation on how the rebirth works, why the lakes were failing and how people got nine lifes at all. N...
  • Melinda Beatty
    It was interesting reading this book back to back with the SCYTHE series--both being set in worlds where there are laws that govern death. Though very different, 9's world was also interesting. A solid YA read.
  • Fry
    Initial Thoughts 3.26.18: The concept for this was really, really interesting, and the plot twists kept me guessing, even though the actual solutions ended up being simple and logical. I wish I had more feelings about it, but I definitely enjoyed the ride.
  • Maryalice
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Enter a futuristic world that is eerily similar to our own except for one major difference - humans have nine lives. As they burn through their lives on a government sanctioned schedule, humans are reborn into new bodies with physical and mental upgrades. Burning through lives too quickly, though, can cause rebirth sickness (most similar to dementia...
  • Evan Greenspoon
    This book rocks. I was hooked from page one. It's got a clever, creative premise, and Hines' storytelling makes for a gripping, moving, consistently surprising read. Tonally, the book rides that razor's edge between dark and fun, and you never quite know where it's going to land, which I loved.NINE's nightmarish version of high school feels more true to life than most other more "realistic" versions I've read.Building out from the premise that ev...
  • Tweller83
    Received ARC from The Tattered Cover Book Store for an honest review. Thank you!I'm not sure what I think about this one. It kept me reading even after I wanted to put it down. I think if I was not going to review it, I probably would have put it down after the first few chapters where there are many, many deaths told about it detail. It had a huge gross factor, at least for me. However, I'm sure I have plenty of students who love horror and woul...