Monday, January 17, 2011


Numbers by Rachel Ward

Publication Date: February 2010
Publisher: Schoolastic, Inc.
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 325
Source: Barnes and Noble

From the Back Cover: 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!

My Thoughts: This was not at all what I expected. That's not to say that i didn't enjoy it, though. From what I read from the back, I thought this story would be oriented around the mystery of the bombing of the London Eye. But it went on to be a story of two teenagers running away and surviving, while trying to hide from the authorities. It was a bit raunchy at times and had more for a more mature teen, than anything else. It was set in England and written by and English author.  Ward has that original British humor that made the book worthwhile, for me.

Cover: 4
Plot: 3.5
Characters: 4
Style of Writing: 4
Overall: 4

Would I read from this author again?: Maybe. I would need to have heard raving reviews about another book by Rachel Ward, for me to consider it.

Oh yeah, Happy Monday!

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