Saturday, November 27, 2010

Num8ers by Rachel Ward


Since the day her mother did, Jem has known about the numbers.

Numberes that pop into her head when she looks into someone’s eyes. They’re dates, the numbers. Dates predicting with brute accuracy each person’s death.

Burdened by such grim knowledge, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. Maybe they can find happiness together, if only in the brief time that remains before his expiration date. But on a trip to London, Jem forsees a chilling chain of events.

The city’s a target.

The clock;s running out.

The countdown is on to a blowup.

Number of pages: 325


Just like the cover, this story is intense. From the very beginning actually. Jem has the unfortunate circumstance of having the knowledge of everyone’s death in her head. She just has to look at them in the eye and the numbers that flash in her head are the dates of their last day. She hates it, and fears it which makes her to keep those around her at arms length, so as not to care when eventually the numbers come true and they are taken from her. Living on the fringes of society, she is a loner until the day that she starts to make a friend in the equally lonely, but much more jumpy and excited, Spider. This is their adventure of running from the law when they are suspected of being terrorists when seen leaving an attack moments before, finding a true and unique love in each other, and Jem trying to figure out a way to save Spider from his number that's in her head that is fast approaching.

Like I said this book is very intense. I don’t mean it in the “action in every corner” sort of way; it’s more of a “brings out your emotions” sort of way. That doesn’t mean it is not a good book, it just means that this is a tough book to swallow if you are looking for a happy ending. I will admit it, I cried. This book got me so frustrated! Yet, it was good enough that I couldn’t put it down until I knew how a unique book like this could end. I was expecting a little more action and excitement from what I read from the summary, but otherwise it was good. The ending was the most exciting part in this book. So from 1-10? I give Num8ers a 5.5.


  1. Loved this premise! So original. Also crisp, beautiful writing. :)

  2. Thank you so much, Jill. I'm really flattered that you like my review and my writing. I'm still getting used to my bog, so if you have any recommendations on books or authors feel free to contact me. Thanks again!