Monday, April 18, 2011

Numbers book review

           Author: Rachel Ward 
Available: 2009
             Publisher: Chicken House

Synopsis: 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

Jem one of the main characters of the book has an unusual yet disturbing gift, when she looks you in the eyes she sees a series of numbers like 04182011 it is not till her mother passes away that Jem learns the numbers she sees are the dates of death.  As she grows up a statistic in the system she isolates herself from others, to avoid the loss of some close that she knows will die. This all changes when  she meets spider a, right away she sees his number and tries to keep her distance. Spiders is a persistent and peruses a friendship with Jem.  When these numbers create a problem for Jem her and spider go on the run only to end up caught and separated until 12152010 the day spider dies.

There are several   things in this book that may upset the average reader. The teacher that treats the students like a burden or the police who just want an easy way out. The idea behind this book is intriguing. the author was straight forward in her story right down to the interracial relationship down to the surprise at the end. I was hooked with this book and can only imagine how the rest of the series will turn out.
definitely a great read, but be advised that there is strong language and sexual content .



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