Author: Rachel Ward
Publisher: Chicken House
Available: March 2011
Synopsis:The curse of the NUM8ERS continues in Rachel Ward's CHA0T1C, earth-shattering sequel!
Adam has more than inherited his mother's curse: When he looks in someone's eyes, he not only sees the date of their death...he feels the searing, shocking pain of it. Since Jem died, Adam has lived by the sea with his great-grandmother, Val. But when rising tides flood the coast, they return to London. The city is an alien, exciting, frightening place. Most disturbing of all, Adam can't help but clock how many people's numbers are in January 2027; how many are on New Year's Day. What chaos awaits the world? Can he and Sarah stop a catastrophe? Or are they, too, counted among the "twenty-sevens"?
Can the numbers change?
At the end of Numbers we learn that Adam is the son of Jem and Spider, he has inherited his mom’s ability to see the "numbers" and has foreseen his mother’s death.
In the beginning of book 2 it is 2026 Adam is now 15. He lives in Weston with his nan Val who has been his guardian since his mom passed away 7 years earlier.
Evacuated from their home the two return to London, where, like his mom Adam encounters trouble at every turn. He can not only see peoples Numbers but he can feel how each person he meets will die and that makes it hard for him to be around people. It is at school that he meets Sarah a troubled girl who like Adam has somewhat of a special ability, for her she dreams of a terrible occurring event, and Adam is a bad man in her dream. Adam who is unable to stay away from her tracks her down so that together they can try to protect each other and save London!
I felt more drawn to the story line in this book than I did in Numbers. This book is filled with twist and turns on every page. The author has outdone herself with this book. The alternating points of view from Adam and Sarah give you the chance to feel the emotions of each character as they experience both their own turmoil as well as face the foreseen disaster that awaits the whole city on 01012027. With so much excitement it was a fast read that left me wanting more. The big event is more elaborate, the struggles to overcome the impossible are greater and like in Numbers the big shocker is unexpected, it gives a whole new meaning to for every death there is life!!!