Book Review: Numbers

Book Review: NumbersNumbers by Rachel Ward
Series: Numbers #1
Published by Scholastic Inc. on February 1st 2010
Pages: 336

Starred by PW and SLJ! Now in paperback, Rachel Ward's gripping debut psycho-thriller that pairs futuristic sci-fi with a tender, touchingly real love story. Includes a teaser to the sequel! Ever since the day her mother died, Jem has known about the numbers. Numbers that pop into her head when she looks into someone's eyes. They're dates, the numbers. Dates predicting with brute accuracy each person's death. Burdened by such horrible knowledge, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. Maybe they can find happiness together, if only in the brief time that remains before his expiration date. But on a trip to London, Jem foresees a chilling chain of events: The city's a target. The clock's running out. The countdown is on to a blowup!

Numbers has an intriguing plot – a girl who sees the date of the person’s death and cannot do anything about it. Although there was a good plot, the middle felt a little dragged on. She spends a lot of the time hiding and on the run and it gets a little boring waiting for the next bad thing to happen. The ending had quite a shock to it, which I enjoyed quite a bit (no spoilers, promise).
I’ve known people in high school like Jem and Spider – a bit angry and resentful – but with something else behind it. I see it in some of my older students as well. As a generally good kid, I couldn’t completely relate but they definitely reminded me of some people I used to know.

Numbers is angsty and reminded me of past high school situations I had heard about happening but never involved in. Could definitely match up Jem and Spider to some of the people I knew growing up, but no real personal connection. I guess I was too good of a kid… So, yes, some but more of a hmmm wonder if that’s what it was like for so and so.

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6 responses to “Book Review: Numbers

  1. Sheila (Bookjourney)

    This is one I want to read Kristen – good review. I have to get my hands on this book!

  2. Sue Jackson

    I just finished this today, and I literally could not put it down. I didn’t find the middle slow at all; just the opposite…it was one of those books I carried around with me because it was so compelling.

    I really loved it and will post my review later this week.

    Nice summary!


  3. Misty

    I really want to read this one, it sounds so intriguing. And the cover really grabs you, and kind of gets under your skin a bit. Interesting.

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