Sunday, July 11, 2010

Numbers by Rachel Ward

Title:  Numbers
Author:  Rachel Ward
Genre:  Young Adult
Publisher:  Chicken House  
Publication Date: February 2010
ISBN:  978-0-545-14299-1
Stand alone or series:  Series
Pages:  325
Book Received from:  Bought
First Lines:  There are places where kids like me go.  Sad kids, bad kids, bored kids, and lonely kids, kids that are different.

Whenever Jem meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die.

Burdened with such an awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. But while they’re waiting to ride the Eye Ferris
wheel, Jem notices that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode!

My Thoughts
I came across this book while looking at other blogs and reading the synopsis had me intrigued.  I wanted to know what was going to happen and what would someone like her do with that sort of information.

I'll be honest here, I liked it but I didn't love it.  I kind of expected this story to maybe give  a bit more from the sound of the synopsis.  It felt like the whole "Numbers" curse that Jem has was pushing the story along but it also seemed to take a backseat as other subplots took over.  If that makes sense.

I enjoy the interactions between Jem and Spider, definitely an unlikely duo.  I read the whole book in one sitting but the ending left me feeling... well.. is that it?

I'm still tossing up whether I will get Numbers 2.  I haven't read the synopsis of it yet but I won't be rushing out to buy this just yet..


  1. I'm kinda intru=igued by this one too, but am hanging out to see if my library gets it in first :) I like the names Jem and Spider though :)

  2. I've read many mixed reviews on this one. Thanks for the honest feedback!

  3. I think this is one of those that the blurb gives you different expectations than what the story turns out to be. You did a great review!



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