In a society like our own, humans are given nine lives to help with overpopulation. The choice is yours whether you burn (suicide) or medically die. Julian has never burned in his life and has never wanted to. However, when something arises with the rebirthing system, Julian is left with no choice but to burn to be able to solve the mystery. This book is engaging and hard to put down. Readers will easily fall in love with characters and dive into the plot.— Genevieve R., Euclid Middle School in Littleton, CO
In this twisted Lauren Oliver-meets-A.S. King debut, Julian has just eight more lives to burn in order to uncover a brutal secret.
In an alternate world startlingly close to our own, humans have nine lives—and they can’t wait to use them up.
The government has death incentives aimed at controlling overpopulation. 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, but Julian is determined to stay on his first life for as long as he can. His mother burned too fast and inflicted a debilitating rebirth sickness on herself.
Julian realizes that he’s going to have to burn at some point—especially when he becomes a target for Nicholas, the manipulative leader of the Burners, the school’s suicide club. And when Julian eventually succumbs, he uncovers suspicious gaps in the rebirth system that may explain exactly why his mother went so far down the rabbit hole years ago.
Along with a group of student dissenters, Julian sets out to find answers and is soon on the verge of exposing the greatest conspiracy ever unleashed on the world.
“[Nine] has strong pacing and…a gratifying ending. A good addition to any YA thriller collection.”
“[Nine’s] energetic writing style and fast pace will keep readers engaged.”