Title: The Chaos (Numbers #2)
Author: Rachel Ward
Hardcover: 339 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, 2011
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Source: Big Honcho Media
When he was a little boy, Adam learned about the numbers. The first ones he saw were Jem’s. That was how he knew she was going to die. 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"?
Rachel Ward's follow-up to The Numbers is just as captivating as its predecessor. The world that Adam and Sarah live in is stark and a bit depressing, honestly. There's poverty, food shortages, brown-outs, and flooding. As it is, the story starts out with Adam and his grandmother having to leave his mother's house as the floodwaters are swirling...
So they move to London, where Adam starts seeing the same number everywhere--January 1st, 2027. People in the streets, his classmates, whole groups of people show the same number. It gets overwhelming for Adam, who tries to capture the images that flit through his brain whenever he sees someone's number.
As if that's not bad enough, he has to deal with a new school where he immediately runs afoul of the local bullies, and is stymied by the Sarah's reaction to meeting him.
Character: Adam is a likable character, even when he's belligerent and rude, because you get why he reacts the way he does. Sometimes I forget that he's only a teenager, because his reactions are more mature than I'd peg him for. Then again, when you've had to deal with a secret as big as his for as long as he's had to, I guess you grow up quick.
I thought Sarah was surprisingly antagonistic, but then you finally get the picture of where she's coming from. All I can say is, Rachel Ward sure puts her characters through a heck of a lot of emotional wringing...
Pace & Plot: The Chaos starts off a bit slowly in the action department, but that's because it spent time building up the characters. I never got bored, and there weren't any slow spots. However, I do think it took quite a bit before they got around to figuring out what to do about Jan. 1, 2027.
drey's rating: 4/5 Excellent
Find Rachel online at her website, www.rachelwardbooks.com.
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