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Numbers Game (Numbers Game Saga Book 1) by [Rode, Rebecca]
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Length: 413 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

REBECCA RODE is an award-winning author, journalist, and mother of four. She is the author of the YA dystopian novel, NUMBERS GAME, and the inspirational book, HOW TO HAVE PEACE WHEN YOU'RE FALLING TO PIECES. She also writes for Deseret News, KSL.com, FamilyShare, and Provo Daily Herald. However, her true love is writing for teenagers. She enjoys traveling, reading, and martial arts, and she has a ridiculous addiction to chocolate-banana shakes. Visit her at www.AuthorRebeccaRode.com.

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  • File Size: 4077 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Diamond Patch Press; 1 edition (March 10, 2015)
  • Publication Date: March 10, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UKDWTPG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Actual rating 3.5 stars.

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.
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I've thought long and hard about how I would rate this book. It wasn't easy because there was a huge mixture of good and bad points about it. I almost thought I just wouldn't give a review because I really dislike complaining about books, but this book evoked so many emotions in me--both good and bad--that I couldn't NOT share my thoughts.

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.
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I really mean two and a half stars for this one. It is one of those books where the author surrounds the heroine with older, smarter, more experienced people then lets the heroine put forward simple obvious plans that they have never thought of. Might be all right read for pre-teens but even then they might not like this heroine for her gullibility.

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.
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I like the idea that this novel was going to be a dystopian like Divergent or The Uglies, but it just wasn't developed enough for me. And because of the lack of development, it didn't seem believable. I had a hard time really bonding to the characters. While the romance was enjoyable and even predictable, the subplots needed more enhancement. The ending felt rushed. I did enjoy the lead in to the next novel. That sounds promising. I'll consider giving it a read. This novel was a clean read.
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This book was amazing! It captivated me from page one and kept me wanting more, even at the end! It's got the deepness of The Giver, with the excitement of the Uglies series, or the Hunger Games. It has romance, but it's not just another love story, it really digs deep into this superficial life we lead. I would recommend this to anyone, literally anyone, even people who don't like reading, that's how good it is. It's written in a simple enough form, that anyone would be able to read it, (switching perspectives every chapter, which keeps it interesting), but it's not a simple book. There is a lot that you will have to stop and think about, and how they apply to the world we're living in. I won't say anymore, because I'll just be giving things away, but read this book, you won't regret it!
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