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Numbers Game (Numbers Game Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I got a review copy of Numbers Game from the author. It is your standard YA Dystopian novel and in many ways reminded me of The Selection, although it bears a lot of resemblance to Uglies as well. In this world, the number you are given - your Rating - is everything. Treena, the heroine, gets an unlikely Rating that leads her to an adventure as well as a romance, but things aren't all simple and she loses a lot along the way.
My main difficulty with this book came from the timeline, which was very difficult to believe. Treena goes from thinking she'll spend the rest of her life with one guy to falling in love with another in the space of just a few days, and in the same time learns martial arts well enough that she can throw a man larger than her when she knew nothing about self-defence before. I also had some difficulty following the action at certain points. The characters weren't quite my cup of tea either (I didn't believe/like most of them) but that won't bother everyone.
Overall I would say a good read for a younger crowd, but older teens and adults are not likely to find it terribly enthralling. It's definitely not in the same class as The Hunger Games but fans of The Selection will likely enjoy it.
What I liked:
First of all, the cover! It didn't influence my rating, but it really is a gorgeous cover. I love Clarissa Yeo's work.
Rebecca Rode's writing style. The sentence fluency, word choice, grammar, etc. was all well done and flowed nicely. The description was also well done, except for a couple of parts that left me confused. For example, at one point Treena gets handcuffed, but then a couple of minutes later, the guards tell her to put her hands up (and she does), but there's no explanation of her getting out of her cuffs (unless I missed it...).
The concept. I liked the idea of a society where you're defined by a number. Although the story had themes common in other dystopians--which is to be expected--I liked the moral of the story.
What I didn't like:
The writing of the characters.I think this was my biggest problem with the book. It's not that I didn't like the characters as people. It's just that they lacked depth. Vance was okay. I got a feel for who he was for the most part.
But Treena? She could have practically been any random girl. She doesn't have likes or dislikes, quirks, or really anything that sets her apart. Sure, she has a past, but she lacks any other defining qualities. She's supposed to be this smart girl who everyone expected to score really high, but the author didn't show us her intelligence.Read more ›
The writing itself is good and the action is laid out like a movie but the characters develop relationships so quickly and acquire fighting skills almost instantly so it all lacks believability. When you get to the end you find all these points and questions almost like cliff notes obviously planned by the author for primary school teachers to use this book.
Doubt I would bother with the next book but would probably recommend this one to small children.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Treena is a model citizen of NORA. She’s spent her whole life following the rules to get the highest possible rating because in NORA, your entire future depends on the number... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Caroline Greyling (Author of Five: Maor book one)
I'm not usually a fan or a reader of dystopian YA, but I loved this book. I read it in one sitting and fully enjoyed it.Published 12 days ago by sally
It was good, Its just following the line of so many other books right now.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I've gotta say when I first started reading Numbers Game I thought this book is similar to Divergent. Only its way different. This book really took hold of me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by book lover
Join the Clan! How could I not join! This book is a must read if you enjoy books like “Divergent,” by Roth or “Under the Never Sky,” by Rossi. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jessica
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed the idea of this book even though it seemed to be similar to a lot of other dystopian novels out right now. Read more
I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
I started off not liking the main character, Treena, very much. Read more
I enjoyed it for the most part, just a little wordy in certain parts.Thinking about reading another just because I want to know what happens, it may be a few months before I do.Published 2 months ago by Luvs2buy
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