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Numbers

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Countdown to a blowup! A gripping debut psycho-thriller that pairs futuristic sci-fi with frighteningly real themes of global terrorism! Ever since she was child, Jem has kept a secret: Whenever she 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 awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. The two plan a trip to the city. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem is terrified to see 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!show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 325 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 453.59g
  • Chicken House
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0545142997
  • 9780545142991
  • 753,621

About Rachel Ward

RACHEL WARD first won a writers' award at a regional arts festival, and her prize-winning short story turned into the opening chapter of NUMBERS, her breakout debut novel. Its sequel, THE CHAOS, was published in Spring 2011; the trilogy concludes with INFINITY. Rachel lives in Bath, England, with her husband and their two children.show more

Rating details

20,060 ratings
3.46 out of 5 stars
5 22% (4,375)
4 29% (5,869)
3 29% (5,787)
2 14% (2,736)
1 6% (1,293)

Our customer reviews

For as long as she can remember, Jem has seen numbers whenever she looks into people's eyes. Numbers that tell her the exact date they will die. Orphaned as a little girl, bounced from foster home to foster home, Jem has kept her ability a secret and shunned human company. But then she meets Spider, a boy almost as much a misfit as she is, whose eyes show he has only a few weeks left to live. Despite Jem's attempts to dissuade him, Spider stubbornly works his way into her life. Then Jem and Spider end up mixed up in a terrorist attack in a spur-of-the-moment trip downtown, and find themselves running from the police. As they hurry across the country, just trying to stay alive and free, Jem allows herself to really open up to another human being for the first time. With Spider's time ticking away, she decides to do whatever it takes to keep him alive and beat the numbers. NUMBERS is a different sort of paranormal romance. Spider is hardly suave or handsome, in a way that's completely refreshing. Jem's feelings for him develop naturally as she sees his true colors, and their relationship is based on mutual affection and respect rather than blind passion. Jem herself is totally believable as an outcast with an understandable chip on her shoulder, and it's a pleasure to watch her grow as circumstances force her out of her comfort zone. Highly recommended for fans of the paranormal looking for more realism in the stories they read.show more
by TeensReadToo
Since Jem can see death dates of living people, concepts of fate/destiny come into play for obvious reasons, although what disturbs me a little is that we appear to have little control over the "when" part of our "departure from this world," according to this book, according to Jem. Jem and Spider are on the run and it's all about survival. I think the way each of them think complement each other, and it wasn't hard for me to like Spider. There were a few moments of humour and some light-hearted scenes, but their adventure brings them to places neither of them expected to find. I believe there are a few British expressions in this story, some swearing appears now and then and there is some mention of sex, but nothing more than that. I found it refreshing and not annoying. Jem is not your typical girl; she's independent, she'll stand up for herself and she doesn't whine to get what she wants or needs. She's street smart, but she lets Spider lead when he's around. In an odd way, she's like a boy and I actually like that about her. She would refuse to show any sign of weakness. She may be short, but what she lacks in height, she makes up in character. I had wanted to see a different ending because I didn't want to believe that death dates are somehow predetermined and unchangeable in a particular context, but after some pondering, perhaps it's the most suitable ending. The pacing of this story is very good, until the last couple of pages where everything happens very quickly and reader's are fast-forwarded to five years later. Readers don't know why Jem sees death dates, but there's a hint. While reading this story, I would have given it a 3 or 3.5 out of 5, but due to the suspenseful but satisfying end, I'm giving it a 4. This is the author's debut YA novel and I think she did a great job with this life affirming story. There will be a sequel set for release in 2010. If you'd like to read from a new author and the ideas of fate and how our actions affect the outcome intrigues you, this one's for you.show more
by Linda Mai Ellen
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