Numbers: The Chaos by Rachel Ward

Monday March 21, 2011

Numbers: The Chaos
by Rachel Ward
March 1, 2011
Chicken House (Scholastic)
Goodreads summary: 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"?

Pontifications... I LOVED the first book in this series so I was super excited when I received this one for review!

At the end of the first book Jem finds out she is pregnant.....roughly sixteen years later we meet Adam, her son. Adam has Jem's ability to look into someones eyes and see the date they will die. When he meets Sarah, a new girl at school, she seems terrified. What he doesn't know is that Sarah has reoccurring, terrifying dreams that feature a nameless boy....nameless, that is until she meets Adam at school and recognizes him as the boy who is terrorizing her every night in her dreams. What does it mean? In contrast, when Adam sees Sarah, he feels that they are destined to be together.

Through out the book Adam and Sarah are both dealing with their own issues, but here and there fate seems to through them back together. As much as Sarah wants to stay away from Adam, she feels drawn to him too and as January 2027 approaches they both know that something horrible is going to happen, but what?

Wow, this is a gritty, fast-paced thrill of ride! I literally dreaded putting this book down. I wanted to read, and read until I found what happened! What I love about these books is that the author features totally flawed, imperfect and REALISTIC characters as the focus of the story. Obviously Adam's "gift" (more like curse) is somewhat out of the ordinary but as people, Adam, his Grandma and Sarah have all the qualities of your average, everyday person....no candy-coated glamorous lifestyles here!

Parts of the storyline make this read best suited for ages 14 and up. An excellent choice for reluctant readers too! A must have!

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