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, Dystopia

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...
  • Ashley
    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.
  • 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...
  • 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 re...
  • Jennifer
    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...
  • Kate’s Book Spot
    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...
  • Maude VM
    5⭐ Damn that was good!!! Enfin un livre où la fin n’est pas prévisible après 50 pages 🙌🏼 Ce livre explore des concepts nouveaux which is so refreshing! Love the plot and the MC.Action packed and a bit of a mystery/intrigue 👌🏻100% would recommend 😍 5⭐️ Damn that was good!!! Enfin un livre où la fin n’est pas prévisible après 50 pages 🙌🏼 Ce livre explore des concepts nouveaux which is so refreshing! Love the p...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    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. Needin...
  • 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...
  • Adri266
    Po tom, ako kometa narazila do zeme, ludstvo sa zmenilo. Zrazu boli schopni zomriet 9x a vzdy sa cez Jazero zrodit znovu v tom istom veku, ale s dokonalym telom. Avsak, kazde take zomretie ma nejaku tu vrasku /niekto strati schopnost vidiet farby, niekto strati chut, atd/ a postupne sa cele telo aj mysel degeneruje.Vlady vsak podporuju pravidelne a nariadene zomieranie, kedze nastalo k preludneniu.Napr ak chcete ist na VS, musite byt cislo 3. Ak ...
  • 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...
  • Larosenoire299
    3.5/5The premise of Nine is better than the execution. I don't like how people have 9 lives turns out to be an experiment. An open ending is not what I want. I don't like how the denouement leave too many unanswered questions. I have a feeling that this book could have had more room to develop. It starts off promising and ends up falling flat, which let me down a bit.
  • 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 ...
  • Dominic O.
    After reading this book, I would recommend it to others who enjoy an unusual and a slightly dark science fiction book. I believe that this book was engaging and interesting, and it kept me hooked. This book is about a world where everyone has nine lives, but the government and society forces people to waste these lives in order to control the population. In return, these people get rewards for each live they waste as well as coming back in a more...
  • Alyssa Mead
    first line: “Julian had no idea what it meant to die.”plot: Hundreds of years ago, a fierce storm blew across the world, altering the DNA of the humans who lived on the surface. It wasn’t long before they realized that they now had nine lives -- every death leading up to their ninth, they would be reborn with better characteristics, such as a larger intelligence, better metabolism, etc. Now in the modern era, governments have attempted to c...
  • Brittany
    3.5-3.75Have you ever heard that cat's have nine lives? Well what would you do if you lived in a world in which people have nine lives? This is the dilemma Julien faces everyday because he hasn't used up any of his lives, he is still a One, despite the government mandates to extinguish lives at certain milestones for population control. Unfortunately for Julien, staying a One may no longer be an option.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it w...
  • Anita Eti
    This book had a really interesting concept, I really enjoyed the premise and the book did not disappoint. Read if you’re in the mood for some YA science fiction that is different from literally everything out there.The world is based on the fact that humans get nine lives and after every death they wake up in this lake usually better looking or thinner, etc (sometimes they come out with defects though , like an inability to see certain colors o...
  • Tayo
    How disappointing. Once upon a time dystopia used to be my absolute favourite genre, and that changed largely due to books like this. Just very underwhelming, even moreso when considering the intriguing premise. This book just never took off for me. There was barely any world building. And if contemporary romance lives or dies by the ship, then dystopia lives or dies by the world building. I could not tell you if this world in Nine was always thi...
  • 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...
  • Alice
    Overall, Nine was a quick and thrilling read. I'd give it a 2.5.While I sympathized with some of the characters, I wasn't particularly invested in their plight. I felt bad for Julian, being made to burn his lives to help his family, but personality-wise he made for a pretty dull leading character. Meanwhile, Nicholas, the sort-of-but-not-really antagonist made me cringe with his dialogue. He took himself far too seriously and came off as more the...
  • Jonathan
    This was an atypical dystopian venture that surprised me by how dark it is considering it's a YA title. The main character is a little linear throughout and predictable, but I found the setting to be interesting. A dark tone prevails the entire book as suicide and murder are promoted under the guise of encouraging people to socially advance by shedding their multiple lives. Due to some unexplored and unexplained phenomena two hundred years prior ...
  • Ema
    What a strange and unusual book!I do appreciate the ending. It almost fell into my perpetual complaint of the trap of dystopias, that it tried to solve the dystopia, but the ending was quite realistic and in line with all of the characters' desires and goals, and I very much respected that.This also made sense as a dystopia--there was a touch of magical realism that meant I could buy that part and suspend my disbelief--but I wish it had explained...
  • Jen
    Kind of an interesting premise, Nine imagines a world where everyone gets nine lives, and when one "dies," they are instantly reborn in a lake. There's an interesting mystery involved when the main character goes on a quest to discover what the government is hiding about this situation which involved his mom who was "permadead" and was involved in said conspiracy. The book was okay, but I think I had a hard time with the overall premise-- it just...
  • 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...
  • Beth
    Brilliant concept, poor execution. Every human gets nine lives? Sweet. Evil corporation/governing the process of rebirth? Terrifying. Crazy suicide school club? Whoa. So how did this end up being so meh?It starts out very strong and then practically drizzles to the finish.There are too many side characters that I guess you are supposed to care about, but you don't get to know them at all. No empathy was built, at least for me, whatsoever.Also, at...
  • 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...