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Numbers: Book 1 Hardcover – February 1, 2010
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Not that there's a lack of things to like about the book. It maintains your interest as the protagonist, Jem, a rather street-smart type, hooks up with Spider, a black ne'er-do-well who gets in trouble with the law and goes on the lam with his sweetheart. In fact, the "road" portion of the book, where Jem and Spider are fleeing authorities after witnessing a terrorist attack (they ran because Jem saw the same numbers -- that day's -- in all the people's eyes), is the best stretch of all, as it allows Ward to show a deft hand at characterization and humor. But the numbers keep getting in the way, and when they do, you expect Ward to go somewhere with them. She never quite does that. Instead, the book holds to realism more than you might expect, and you grow increasingly intolerant of a numbers sub-plot that ultimately transforms into an irritant. It all lands in a heap at the end -- an eye-roll "surprise" line at the finish which doesn't quite satisfy and seems a bit pat.
Still, I wager that the book might appeal to older teens (if it were a movie, it would assuredly earn its "R" rating) curious as to what happens with the death-date thing. I myself wondered how Ward would handle it.Read more ›
The premise is that Jem, a 15 year old orphaned girl in London knows when people will die. When she looks someone in the eye, a date pops into her head; that date is the day the person will die. Knowing when others will die leads Jem to avoid personal relationships with everyone; she never lets anyone get too close.
Jem, begrudgingly, befriends another social outcast like herself nick-named Spider. When the pair finds themselves suspended from school, they head for the tourist areas of London, and wind up making a bit of a scene in front of the London Eye. Jem then notices that a bunch of people in line for the Eye have the same number: today.
It's a wonderful setup that quickly devolves into familiar themes and worn out cliches.
The big lure of "Numbers" is centered around the London Eye, but this particular plot device runs its course rather rapidly (and yet, is never resolved). It's merely the launching point for the "grand adventure" in the book. I put grand adventure in quotes there to signify that it's really not all that grand. I completely understand the author's decision to use this event as a fulcrum, but the adventure that follows seems to glorify being homeless, not showering, and stealing. I could mention a few other items, but I don't want to completely give the story away.
The upshot for me being that Jem and Spider make some SERIOUSLY bad choices and the author justifies these choices by saying it's because of where they come from. Blaming society... hasn't that been done already?Read more ›
After I finished reading, I figured a few things out, that the parts of the book that dragged for me, needed to drag for the end result to have the affect on me that it did. To be able to really see just what the message of this book was, there needed to be all that came before it. At least for me to be able to understand things that is.
The message is finally clear in the last few pages and I'm sure there are other readers out there who will have the same reaction I did. I don't want to tell anyone because it will give too much away.
Jem is such a strong 15 year old girl that sometimes that strong nature gets in the way. She tries to stay away from everyone for her fear of the numbers that she knows are the dates people will die, she just doesn't understand why she can see them or what they really mean.
Along the way she allows herself to connect with a fellow classmate Spider. After witnessing a horrible event, they run. Most of this story is of the two of these characters as they flee from London. Oh, and that's another thing I loved about this book. It's all set in England. Some who aren't familiar to British terms or slang might be a little confused, but don't let that bother you. With the internet it's easy to look things up to understand what the various things mean.
Jem and Spider somehow fit together. They are both so different from each other and yet they work.Read more ›
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When I was browsing through the library shelf in the ya section this book caught my eye well actually the cover drew me too the books, and when I read the synopsis I had too check... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katiria Rodriguez
Initial plot grabbed my attention. Great potential, but overall the storyline is boring, unoriginal and unrealistic. I was glad to put it down.Published 2 months ago by Rachel W
''making love'' she writes although they only HAD SEX. Love is between HEARTS, not LEGS. Disgusting that she misuses the. Deepest feeling ever, love, for a body activity. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stefanie Wieland
I'm 75% through this book, and am so annoyed. If you want people from around the world to read your books, then write the books using proper language. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Barbara V.
this Book was amazing I hate reading but this book actually made me want to read the writing style was smooth to read as well as the Amazing Story NO SPOILER of a girl who never... Read morePublished 7 months ago by cooper clampitt
After reading Numbers by Rachel Ward, I found that although the plot of the story intrigued me, ultimately the storyline and the characters made the author's voice seem sluggish... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer