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30. Num8ers by Rachel Ward...

March 8, 2010
FTC Disclosure: My copy of NUM8ERS was provided by Big Honcho Media for this review. I am an IndieBound and Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

num8ers
About the book:
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!

drey's thoughts:
I have to say, NUM8ERS got me on the first page. Here's an excerpt:
There are places where kids like me go. Sad kids, bad kids, bored kids, and lonely kids, kids that are different. Any day of the week, if you know where to look, you'll find us: behind the shops, in the back lanes, under bridges by canals and rivers, 'round garages, in sheds, on vacant lots. There are thousands of us. If you choose to find us, that is--most people don't. If they do see us, they look away, pretend we're not there. It's easier that way. Don't believe all that crap about giving everyone a chance--when they see us, they're glad we're not in school with their kids, disrupting their lessons, making their lives a misery. 
How's that for grabbing your attention? And it doesn't let go, either. Jemma is a fifteen-year-old who gets into quite a pickle, only because she knew something was going to happen at the Eye, and ran away. But what else would you expect a teenager on the fringe of society to do? Stay and tell everyone that they shouldn't go up? When they wouldn't listen anyway?

In any case, Num8ers will have you following Jemma and Spider until the very end. I felt really bad for these two kids, running and hiding, with no clue on how to even get around successfully. I mean, driving a car for the first time, while on the lam? Guess sometimes you just have to do what you have to do! And Rachel sure made this a fast, down-in-one-gulp debut novel. Pick it up!

drey's rating: 4/5 Excellent

Title: Num8ers
Author: Rachel Ward
ISBN-13: 9781423396321
Hardcover: 325 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon

Challenges: 100+

5 comments:

Kay said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one. Interesting premise. Thanks for sharing!

bermudaonion said...

That sounds like quite the page turner. I don't think I'd want Jem's power.

Lenore said...

Oh yeah, I got this in the mail recently. I see it staring at me. Maybe I'll sneak it in one of these days!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Drey this just sounds fantastic!

drey said...

Kay, let me know if you do read this...

Kathy, I don't want Jen's power, either.

Lenore, pick it up! =)

Sheila, it was pretty good!

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