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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!show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 325 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 997.9g
  • Chicken House
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0545143004
  • 9780545143004
  • 198,348

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 more

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20,060 ratings
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2 14% (2,736)
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Jem has the unusual talent of knowing when people will die. All she has to do is look in their eyes and she will know their death date. When she visits the London Eye and sees a bunch of people with the same date, that day, she knows something bad will happen. The premise of this book drew me in. As a character, Jem struck me. She is not your typical happy, everything-going-for-them teenager. She had a rough childhood, and she really doesn't have anything to look forward to except more pain and isolation. I really cheered when she first met Spider, who seemed determined to be her friend, even if she didn't want to. He was a likable guy, and really did a lot of good for Jem. Their relationship seemed to progress at a nice, slow pace until it hit fast forward, fueled by circumstances and hormones. I think the result could only happen in a teenaged context. Emotional and hasty, their feelings seemed concentrated. It made the ending seem even more tramatic and cruel. Val, Spider's grandmother only appears briefly in the story, but she really captured my attention. I kept wishing that Jem would go see her, and I could learn more about it. She was probably the most interesting character in the story, but barely factored in at all. My main complaint was that Jem's talent seemed unimportant for most of the story. Yes, it fueled the actions in the beginning, but it really didn't seem like part of the plot for most of it, except to add a feeling of pain to Jem's character. Overall, a very unique and exciting read with an original premise. I have already added Chaos, the next in the series to my to-be-read more
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