Friday, April 15, 2011

Book Review: Numbers by Rachel Ward

Num8ers by Rachel Ward 

Genre: YA Fiction
Paperback, 336 pages
Won in giveaway
Challenge: Hogwarts Reading Challenge

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! 

I was so intrigued by the basis of this book. A girl that can see people's DEATH DATES?! How can this book NOT be awesome! Alas...

Here's a book with solid characters and a ho-hum plot. The strength of the characters alone is what kept me reading this book. I was really disappointed with the events of the book but was so invested in the MC that I had to know how it ended.

Unfortunately, there were no redeeming moments. Similar to my disappointment with the book Trapped, nothing really HAPPENED in this book. The major event that drove the entire story felt rushed. I feel like we spent 10% of the book developing the characters and then 75% of the book running from the major event and like whatever percent is left with some sort of forward motion.

Beside the upsetting story, I have go to say that these were some of the most interesting characters I've ever seen in a YA. Jem was hard to chew and she remained as such. Somehow, the author made her accessible through all of that. Her relationship with Spider was actually pretty sweet and I ended up rooting for him to break through her shell.

All in all, I give Numbers 2.5 out of 4 stars. I'm pretty m'eh about the book generally but give it a go if you are intrigued. Recommended for fans of the gritty mature end of YA fiction as there is a lot of foul language and some "adult situations".


  1. Oh my gosh... I LOVED this book! I was glad they didn't make a huge to-do out of the explosion of the Ferris wheel.

    I totally cried at the end!

  2. Ah! Really?! Well, I did truly love the characters. This has never happened to me before in a book. I have to love both plot and characters and I've gotta say I was way into Jem & Spider and Val...but not the action!

  3. i've heard both good and bad things about this book.... thanks for your honest thoughts :) in my opinion, honest reviews are the best! i think i will be reading it, just to make up my own opinion on it! thanks for posting!


  4. Great review! You really expressed your thoughts regarding this book. Good job, Lah!

  5. @ Diana: Thanks!! And I look forward to your review!! I feel like if I knew what I was getting into, it would've been more tolerable, so now you know what to expect so you might like it a lot more than me!!

    @Ruperto Thanks my friend!! I'll be making my way over to you blog soon :)


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