Author: Rachel Ward
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: February 1, 2010
I received this book for review from Big Honcho Media.
Summary: 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!
Thoughts: Jem has gotten a raw deal when it comes to life in general. Not only is she in foster care, but ever since she was little she could look anyone in the eye and see the exact date they will die. She has never been close to any one, but when Spider comes along she takes a chance and opens herself up. Jem's life has changed many times, but one trip into London will change everything.
Numbers is a captivating and unique tale. The story is both touching and strange. I thought it was a bit freaky too, I wouldn't want Jem's talent... but that said I thought it was a good read. Jem is a very interesting character, I liked her. When reading this book you feel for Jem you really do. She is just in a terrible situation and it can't really be changed. She's an outsider and lost and has a gift that wreaks stress on her daily life, which in turn I think makes her depressed. I also liked the fact that the story took place in present day London, that was a nice change. This book was definitely different, but a worthy read.
Score: 3 Stars
Author Website: http://rachelwardbooks.com/
Untitled sequel to Numbers- 2010