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The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies Series #3) (B&N Exclusive Edition)
     

The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies Series #3) (B&N Exclusive Edition)

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by Pittacus Lore
 

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The third book of the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series!

The Mogadorians who destroyed the planet Lorien continue to hunt for the Garde, the small group of Loric survivors who have taken refuge on Earth. During a dangerous mission at a Mog base in West Virginia, John found and rescued the brutish Nine. But even with their

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The third book of the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series!

The Mogadorians who destroyed the planet Lorien continue to hunt for the Garde, the small group of Loric survivors who have taken refuge on Earth. During a dangerous mission at a Mog base in West Virginia, John found and rescued the brutish Nine. But even with their combined powers, special abilities known as Legacies, the pair barely escaped with their lives. And in the process, John’s best friend, Sam Goode, was lost and taken captive by the enemy.
 
In order to save him—and our world—John and Nine must join forces with Six and Seven who have been battling the Mogs in Spain, and who are now trying to locate Number Eight in India. The Garde must come together before it is too late. They are Lorien and Earth’s only hope.
 
Michael Bay, director of Transformers, raved: “Number Four is a hero for this generation.” This epic young adult series is perfect for fans of action-packed science fiction like The Fifth Wave series by Rick Yancey, The Maze Runner series by James Dashner, and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.

The battle for Earth’s survival wages on. Read the rest of the series: #4: The Fall of Five, #5: The Revenge of Seven, #6: The Fate of Ten, and #7: United as One.

Don’t miss the first book in the brand new I Am Number Four spin-off series: Generation One.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
“There’s genuine suspense…it’s easy to get lost in the world of the sweet teen from another planet.”
Booklist
“Terrifically propulsive.”
The Horn Book
“Riveting.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The action is taut, the characters are fascinating, and the fact that the teens are slowly finding one another and learning about Lorien secrets is sure to yield an impressive all-out battle down the road. This series continues to head in interesting directions."
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Lore picks up and expands on a strong premise that originated in the first novel. An intriguing potential romantic triangle brewing between John, Six, and Sam adds layers as they search for answers.”
Justine Magazine
“This is a can’t-put-it-down book.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The action is taut, the characters are fascinating, and the fact that the teens are slowly finding one another and learning about Lorien secrets is sure to yield an impressive all-out battle down the road. This series continues to head in interesting directions.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“The action is taut, the characters are fascinating, and the fact that the teens are slowly finding one another and learning about Lorien secrets is sure to yield an impressive all-out battle down the road. This series continues to head in interesting directions.”
Michael Bay
PRAISE FOR THE I AM NUMBER FOUR SERIES:“Number Four is a hero for this generation.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The action is taut, the characters are fascinating, and the fact that the teens are slowly finding one another and learning about Lorien secrets is sure to yield an impressive all-out battle down the road. This series continues to head in interesting directions.”
VOYA - Matthew Weaver
Third in the I Am Number Four series finds our superpower alien heroes scattered and on the run, searching for answers and captured friends. The Loriens can only be killed in a particular order by a powerful rival race, or if they are all together. John Smith/Number Four is working with aggressive Nine and dreaming of evil Mogadorian general Setr?kus Ra, who captured his nerdy best friend Sam and ex-girlfriend Sarah. Meanwhile, hot and tough Six is teamed up with the healer Marina/Seven and the newly discovered Ella, long lost Number Ten. Six, Seven, and Ten meet Number Eight in India; he has been hiding out and pretending to be a form of the Hindu god Vishnu, which must be offensive to somebody. Lore’s (really, James Frey and Jobie Hughes, presumably) series is far more entertaining than it has any right to be. Interactions between characters are the best part, although they are overshadowed by constant running, fighting, and lengthy discussions while waiting for the next fight or more running. There is so much mythology from the previous books it is hard to tell characters apart, especially when John, Marina, and Six swap narration duties. Ra’s presence gives us an appropriately epic villain, but the story gets weighed down with so many indestructible super characters. Heroes are much more interesting when they bruise. The authors are gifted at dragging everything out, but hopefully an end is in sight. Ages 11 to 18.
Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
This is book three in the "I Am Number Four" series. In this book, Four and Six have found even more of their Garde...including a number Ten that nobody even knew existed. Four and Nine are working their way across the United States trying to figure out where the government and the Mogadorians are located and how they are working together. Six has gone off to Spain to find Seven, which is also where she found the unknown Ten and her Cepan. Together Six, Seven, and Ten go to India where they have a feeling that another of the Garde is hiding. When they get there Eight tests them before joining the group. Once they have Eight they start to try to use a magical portal to get back to the United States to join up with Four (and Nine even though they don't know about Nine yet). This book is one adventure after another. It is amazing how many times the members of the Garde face death and walk away. Although predictable, readers who enjoy fast-paced action plots will enjoy the concise descriptions that lead up to each battle. Seeing how the book ends with Five still missing (who is hinted at multiple times throughout the book), there is sure to be another book in this series, at which time we will probably see if the Garde will overcome Setrakus Ra and his desire to destroy the world. Reviewer: Joella Peterson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061974588
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/21/2012
Series:
Lorien Legacies Series , #3
Edition description:
B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
181,320
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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The Rise of Nine


By Pittacus Lore

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright © 2012 Pittacus Lore
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-06-197458-8


Excerpt

CHAPTER 1

Seriously? I look at the boarding pass in my hand, its large type announcing my seat assignment, and wonder if Crayton chose this seat on purpose. It could be a coincidence, but the way things have gone recently, I am not a big believer in coincidences. I wouldn't be surprised if Marina sat down behind me in row seven, and Ella made her way back to row ten. But, no, the two girls drop down beside me without saying a word, and join me in studying each person boarding the plane.

Being hunted, you are constantly on guard. Who knows when the Mogadorians might appear.

Crayton will board last, after he's watched to see who else gets on the plane, and only once he feels the flight is absolutely secure. I raise the window shade and watch the ground crew hustle back and forth under the plane. The city of Barcelona is a faint outline in the distance.

Marina's knee bounces furiously up and down next to mine. The battle against an army of Mogadorians yesterday at the lake, the death of her Cêpan, finding her Chest - and now, it's the first time in almost eleven years that she's left the town where she spent her childhood.

She's nervous.

"Everything okay?" I ask. My newly blond hair falls into my face and startles me. I forgot I dyed it this morning. It's just one of many changes in the last forty-eight hours. "Everyone looks normal," Marina whispers, keeping her eyes on the crowded aisle. "We're safe, as far as I can tell."

"Good, but that's not what I meant." I gently set my foot on hers and she stops bouncing her knee. She offers me a quick apologetic smile before returning to her close watch of each boarding passenger. A few seconds later, her knee starts bouncing again. I just shake my head.

I feel sorry for Marina. She was locked up in an isolated orphanage with a Cêpan who refused to train her.

Her Cêpan had lost sight of why we are here on Earth in the first place. I'm doing my best to help her, to fill in the gaps. I can train her to learn how to control her strength and when to use her developing Legacies. But first I'm trying to show her that it's okay to trust me.

The Mogadorians will pay for what they've done. For taking so many who we've loved, here on Earth and on Lorien. It's my personal mission to destroy every last one of them, and I'll be sure Marina gets her revenge too. Not only did she just lose her best friend, Héctor, back at the lake, but, like me, her Cêpan was killed right in front of her. We will both carry that with us forever.

"How is it down there, Six?" Ella asks, leaning over Marina.

I turn back towards the window. The men below the plane begin to clear away their equipment, conducting a few last-minute checks. "So far, so good."

My seat is directly over the wing, which is comforting to me. On more than one occasion I've had to use my Legacies to help a pilot out of a jam. Once, over southern Mexico, I used my telekinesis to push the plane a dozen degrees to the right, only seconds before crashing into the side of a mountain. Last year I got 124 passengers safely through a vicious thunderstorm over Kansas by surrounding the plane with an impervious cloud of cool air. We shot through the storm like a bullet through a balloon.

When the ground crew moves on to the next plane, I follow Ella's gaze towards the front of the aisle. We're both impatient for Crayton to board. That will mean everything is okay, at least for now. Every seat is full but the one behind Ella. Where is he? I glance out at the wing again, scanning the area for anything out of the ordinary.

I lean down and shove my backpack under my seat. It's practically empty, so it folds down easily. Crayton bought it for me at the airport. The three of us need to look like normal teenagers, he says, like high school students on a field trip. That's why there's a biology textbook on Ella's lap.

"Six?" Marina asks. I hear her buckle and unbuckle her seat belt nervously.

"Yeah?" I respond.

"You've flown before, right?"

Marina is only a year older than I am. But with her solemn, thoughtful eyes and her new, sophisticated haircut that falls just below her shoulders, she can easily pass for an adult. Right now, however, she bites her nails and pulls her knees up to her chest like a scared child.

"Yes," I say. "It's not so bad. In fact, once you relax, it's kind of awesome."

Sitting there on the plane, my thoughts turn in the direction of my own Cêpan, Katarina. Not that I ever flew with her. But when I was nine years old, we had a close call in a Cleveland alley with a Mogadorian that left us both shaken and covered in a thick layer of ash. Katarina moved us to Southern California after that. Our crumbling, two-story bungalow was near the beach, practically in the shadow of Los Angeles International Airport. A hundred planes roared overhead every hour, always interrupting Katarina's teaching as well as the little free time I had to spend with my only friend, a skinny girl next door named Ashley.

I lived under those airplanes for seven months. They were my alarm clock in the morning, screaming directly over my bed as the sun rose. At night they were ominous ghosts telling me to stay awake, to be prepared to rip off my sheets and jump in the car in a matter of seconds.

Since Katarina didn't let me stray far from the house, the airplanes were also the sound track of my afternoons.

On one of those afternoons, as the vibrations from an enormous plane overhead shook the lemonade in our plastic cups, Ashley said, "Me and my mom are going to visit my grandparents next month. I can't wait! Have you ever been on a plane?" Ashley was always talking about all the places she went and things she did with her family. She knew Katarina and I stayed close to home and she liked to brag.

"Not really," I said.

"What do you mean, 'Not really'? You've either been on a plane, or you haven't. Just admit it. You haven't." I remember feeling my face burn with embarrassment. Her challenge hit its mark. I finally said, "No, I've never been on an airplane." I wanted to tell her I've been on something much bigger, something much more impressive than a little airplane. I wanted her to know I came to Earth on a ship from another planet called Lorien and the trip had covered more than one hundred million miles. I didn't, though, because I knew I had to keep Lorien secret. Ashley laughed at me. Without saying good-bye, she left to wait for her dad to come home from work.

"Why haven't we ever been on a plane?" I asked Katarina that night as she peered out the blinds of my bedroom window.

"Six," she said, turning to me before correcting herself. "I mean, Veronica. It's too dangerous for us to travel by plane. We'd be trapped up there. You know what could happen if we were thousands of miles in the air and then found out Mogs had followed us on board?"

I knew exactly what could happen. I could picture the chaos, the other passengers screaming and ducking under their seats as a couple of huge alien soldiers barreled down the aisle with swords. But that didn't stop me from wanting to do something so normal, so human, as to fly on a plane from one city to the next. I'd spent all my time on Earth unable to do the things other kids my age took for granted. We rarely stayed in one place long enough for me to meet other kids, let alone make friends - Ashley was the first girl Katarina had ever allowed over to our house.

Sometimes, like in California, I didn't even attend school, if Katarina thought it was safer.

I knew why all this was necessary, of course. Usually, I didn't let it bother me. But Katarina could tell that Ashley's superior attitude had gotten under my skin. My silence the following days must have cut through her, because to my surprise she bought us two round-trip airline tickets to Denver. The destination didn't matter - she knew I just wanted the experience.

I couldn't wait to tell Ashley.

But on the day of the trip, standing outside the airport, Katarina hesitated. She seemed nervous. She ran her hand through her short black hair. She had dyed and cut it the night before, just before making herself a new ID. A family of five walked around us on the curb, dragging heavy luggage, and to my left a tearful mother said good-bye to her two young daughters. I wanted nothing more than to join in, to be a part of this everyday scene. Katarina watched everyone around us while I fidgeted impatiently by her side.

"No," Katarina finally said. "We're not going. I'm sorry, Veronica, but it's not worth it."

We drove home in silence, letting the screaming engines of the planes passing overhead speak for us. When we got out of the car on our street, I saw Ashley sitting on her front steps. She looked at me walking towards our house and mouthed the word liar. The humiliation was almost too much to bear.

But, really, I was a liar. It's ironic. Lying was all I had done since I'd arrived on Earth. My name, where I was from, where my father was, why I couldn't stay the night at another girl's house - lying was all I knew and it was what kept me alive. But when Ashley called me a liar the one time I was telling someone the truth, I was unspeakably angry. I stormed up to my room, slammed the door, and punched the wall.

To my surprise, my fist went straight through.

PKatarina slammed my door open, wielding a kitchen knife and ready to strike. She thought the noise she'd heard must be Mogs. When she saw what I had done to the wall, she realized that something had changed with me. She lowered the blade and smiled. "Today's not the day you get on a plane, but it is the day you're going to start your training."

Seven years later, sitting on this plane with Marina and Ella, I hear Katarina's voice in my head. "We'd be trapped up there." But I'm ready for that possibility now, in ways that Katarina and I weren't before.

I've since flown dozens of times, and everything has gone fine. However, this is the first time I've done it without using my invisibility Legacy to sneak on board. I know I'm much stronger now. And I'm getting stronger by the day. If a couple of Mog soldiers charged at me from the front of the plane, they wouldn't be dealing with a meek young girl. I know what I'm capable of; I am a soldier now, a warrior. I am someone to fear, not hunt.

Marina lets go of her knees and sits up straight, releasing a long breath. In a barely audible voice, she says, "I'm scared. I just want to get in the air."

"You'll be fine," I say.

She smiles, and I smile back at her. Marina proved herself to be a strong ally with amazing Legacies on the battlefield yesterday. She can breathe underwater, see in the dark and heal the sick and wounded. Like all Garde, she also has telekinesis. And because we're so close in order - I'm Number Six and she's Number Seven - our bond is special. When the charm still held and we had to be killed in order, the Mogadorians would have had to get through me before they could get to her. And they never would have gotten through me.

Ella sits silently on the other side of Marina. As we continue to wait for Crayton, she opens the biology book on her lap and stares at the pages. Our charade does not demand this level of concentration and I'm about to lean over and tell her, but then I see she isn't reading at all. She is trying to turn the page with her mind, trying to use telekinesis, but nothing's happening.

Ella is what Crayton calls an Aeternus, someone born with the ability to move back and forth between ages. But she's still young and her other powers have not yet developed. They will come in their own time, no matter how impatiently she wills them to develop now.

Ella came to Earth on another ship, one I didn't know existed until John Smith, Number Four, told me he saw it in his visions. She was just a baby, which means she's almost twelve now. Crayton says he is her unofficial Cêpan, since there wasn't time for him to be officially appointed to her. He, like all of our Cêpans, has a duty to help Ella develop her Legacies. He told us that there was also a small herd of Chimæra on their ship, Loric animals capable of shifting forms and battling alongside us.
(Continues...)


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Pittacus Lore is Lorien's ruling Elder. He has been on Earth preparing for the war that will decide Earth's fate. His whereabouts are unknown.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read the first 2 books in this series, and I simply love them. The Rise of Nine is going to EPIC.
salvadore57 More than 1 year ago
Great Book. Surprised that number 8 was a boy. Hope 4 can forget sarah though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely my favorite in the series and maybe my favorite book Iv'e ever read! There was so much action ans suspense throughout the entire thing book. I really liked how the Garde really came together and tested their strength against all the Mogadorian soldiers and there leader. They almost didn't make it through but they pulled it together to make a stand. There were many challenges with coming together but they made sure that they made it. This book was over all an amazing installation in the series and i am very excited to read the rest of the series when they come out!!!
Southender More than 1 year ago
The reviews heretofore predate the novel's release. Fans of the series, including me, expected a lot of Rise of Nine. It fell well short of my expectations. Gone is the heroism of the lead character John Smith; he spends much of the book brooding and getting bullied by the title character. "Nine" lacks the noble qualities of the other Lorien--he expresses contempt for humans and argues that the Loriens should abandon their princiipa human allly. I'm not sure how he rises in keeping with the title. My major criticisms of this installment center on poor character development, a plot that, for all the excitement doesn't get very far, the disappearance of my favorite character Sam from the story, and an ending that doesn't wind the story down. Indeed the book doesn't end as much as the author simply broke off writing without fallling action. Rise of Nine conspicuously lacks the epic qualities that make the series so appealling. The fourth novel in the series will have to carry extra weight to make up for the slightness of this installment. Can the author bring back the soaring quallity of the first two novels, or will the characters and action remain stuck in a rut? I'll await the fourth book eagerly, but if it is more like the third than the first, more discerning readers will move on to better-written series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is, so far, my favorite. All the the chapters are action packed and full of suspense. And I can't wait to finish it and read the next three books when they come out! This series is pretty amazing. I usually don't read scifi or books with aliens, but these books are so different from the few cifi books I've read. I'd reccomend this to teens who don't or do like scifi. P.S. To the person who said it was a new author, it's not. There were two authors, James Frey and Jobie Hughes, who wrote I Am Number Four amd The Power of Six. Now it's just James Frey.
Ginger-Read-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Audio: There were three narrators for this book. Only one did a good job. Neil Kaplan voiced John. He made him sound like a complete whiner. Okay, okay...John is somewhat of a whiner but not all the time. He has his moments of strength and valor and I heard none of that come through in Kaplan's narration. It was John's chapters that also included Nine. Nine I think could be a great character but again Kaplan's narration failed miserably for me. Nine was made to sound like a doped up surfer 'dude'. I cringed most of the times his character spoke. Marisol Ramirez narrated Six's chapters. I love Six, I think she is the best character in this series. However, Ramirez botched the reading. Her inflection was completely off and none of the feistiness of Six was heard. On the other hand, Devon Souvari who voiced Marina did quite a good job. Subsequently, her chapters became my favorites. Story: The story on The Rise of Nine is exactly what I've come to expect from the Lorrian Legacies. It was action packed with just the right amounts of sentiment and snark and, of course, cheesiness. It picks up with John and Nine roaming away from the Mogodorian base and Six heading back from Spain with her new companions. We learn much more about Nine, Marina and Ella and are introduced to yet another member of the Garde. And what a fun addition to this eclectic family he is. The dynamics between Garde members was entertaining to read (hear). They are so much like siblings, bickering and bantering, but when the fighting starts they are like a cohesive unit. New legacies are discovered, new friendships formed and a new determination is solidified amongst them all. I hate giving away spoilers and this is a difficult book to review without giving anything away, so I will keep it short. If your a fan of the series, you won't be disappointed by this edition. All that being said, I will not be continuing this series via audiobook. I feel like I missed a lot by not reading it. Lesson learned on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the "The Rise of Nine" was so cool. I read all three books and I'm waiting for the next book because the author left me on a really bad cliff hanger that makes you think " No don't end yet tell me more"! This has been the best book i have ever read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Pittacus Lore's books. I just completed reading "The Rise of Nine" and am hapopy to know that this book is not the last one, but I am also at the edge of my seat wondering what will happen next. I am a Soldier in the U.S. Army and so I can relate to fighting an enemy, but nothing as exciting as these books. Great book!!! I had to fight myself to put it down and get some sleep. I won't tell the story of what happens but it kept me glued to the pages of my Nook from cover to cover. I hope us the FANS will not have to wait another year for the next book, but I will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the other two books and they are good not great but very close; each book getting a little bit better i am in love with this series though, and i read the preview and it is absolutly perfect, great suspence and it is just amazing. I have no further words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has a lot of fictional action great for kids 10+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is easily the best one in the series so far! Every page is packed with action from beginning to end, loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the book was spent by describing them traveling to their destination and fighting with magadorians. Other problems in this nook were barely touched or expanded on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the first book in the trilogy was a great teen read, the second one much more complicated, but still fun. this one was a bit disappointing, obviously dashed off to continue the series. no depth of personalities, just shoot-em-up type storyline. :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good continuation. We get to meet an interesting new character. I can't wait for The Fall of Five!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got hooked on the series right from the first book but pittacus needs to write more books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series gets better and better. Not the same stuff repeated over and over but there's something new everytime one of the books come out! Great reeding its hard to stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg four and sarah are so ANNOYING right there such drama queens!!! Like shut up already shes a human!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! The best one yet in my opinion. The whole last chunk of the book gave me the chills, it was so good. I wish they would make a second movie. Great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author said there will be six books. This review is dedicated to people like me. Huge fans of this series. I have read this book and it is GREAT!!!!!!! ( most of the time. The ending is okay )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm an OTR heavy haul truck driver, and my sister got me into reading the first book: I am Number Four. Well, I couldn't put it down. Eventually I got: The power of Six, The rise of Nine, and The Lost Legacies. Pittacus Lore, in my professional opinion, ranks up there with my favorite authors: R.A. Slvatore, Raymond E Fiest, Anne McCaffrey... to name a few. I truly enjoy reading his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
STUPID FOUR IS TOO OBSESSED WITH SARAH!!!! 4 GIVE UP ON SARAH 6 IS SO MUCH BETTER!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite loric would have to be #4 fir the boy an #6 for the chick. I think they need toget together. The both r perfect for eachother!!!!!! Well... not as perfect as me and 4 would be... but the garde is kinda out of reach right now... so oh well... i guess 6 can have 4 until we meet up and then i will blow 6 out of the ball park!!!!! From #5 (Im a chick...btw... and im super hot! All the boys at my school r all over me :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1. 4 is a wus i thought he was supposed to be the main character and strong 2. The interesting parts were when 4 and 9 were the ones in the chapter otherwise the other peeps were mostly boring lore should just stick with one group and not jump all over the place 3. The ending was too fast it was the climax then the story was over lore should put some falling action in there other wise favorite book in series ( best ive ever read) i love 9 hes a character but hes also to cocky and thinks about how cool he is him and 4 do not go together well
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is down right the best book ive ever read. Better than the power of 6 by a long shot. Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got bone the book and my jaw droped!!!!!!! I was so shocked and amazed at how good this book was. I read all three and this was by far the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It had so much action and it left me on the edge if my seat. When i got to the last chapter t i was screaming just wanting to find out what happed. The caracters in this book are so well put together it is to hard to decided which one you like. This book is by far the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you like to read you would love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!