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Review - Numbers 2 (The chaos) - Rachel Ward

Numbers 2 the chaos by Rachel Ward
Published by Chicken House 2010

Adam sees 'numbers' - when he looks in peoples' eyes he can see their death-dates, just like his mum Jem used to. Adam has trouble dealing with his awful gift, and when he realises that everyone around him has the same series of numbers, he becomes deeply afraid of what might happen in 2025.
Desperate to find out what could be about to go wrong, Adam spends hours researching possibilities - war, nuclear accidents, killer viruses. He knows something big is coming, but what? And is there anything he can possibly do about it?


My first initial thought when I finished reading this book was that this was what book one should have been! I read the first book in a series a while back because I loved the concept but I was really disappointed with it as I felt it really didn't deliver. This book was much stronger and I for one really enjoyed it.

I enjoyed the main characters Adam and Sarah much more than the main characters in the last book and found myself warming to them and caring about what happened to them much more. They just seemed to have a lot more depth to them as people. I loved how Adam's gift was used in this book and was blown away by the ending as things go off epically (is that even a word) when they finally do go off (I couldn't have had that book prised from my fingers during the last 100 pages). The thing I liked was that the whole thing was slightly dystopian as the author has built up a world in the near distant future which is slightly sinister yet very very plausible (think electronic chips and blackout). It made me wonder what the world will be like in 15 years if things carry on as they are.

A fast paced exciting book that kept me thoroughly engaged throughout. If you were put off by the first book don't let it stop you this book is well worth the time and effort.


Dwayne said…
Jst lightly skimmed through the review - haven't read the first yet!
basma aal said…
I read the first was so good. cant wait to read the next 1