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Numbers Game (Numbers Game Saga) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 16, 2015
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REBECCA RODE is the bestselling and award-winning author of the Numbers Game trilogy, the Ember in Space series, and numerous novellas. Rebecca is also a freelance journalist. Her articles have appeared in Deseret News, KSL.com, FamilyShare, and Provo Daily Herald, but her true love is writing for teenagers. She has four children, two cats, one husband, and a ridiculous number of books. Visit her at AuthorRebeccaRode.com.
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I am striving to make this spoiler free as possible - so I will be vague. After Treena is given her Rating, isn't happy with it, then given her special assignment and incorporated into an elite team....I was a little "umm, WTF?" It just didn't fit. But that was again because I knew nothing about Treena prior to her Rating day. I could see no way she could fit into this team and survive, but she physically kept up and then some and I was about ready to call BS on the author until she mentions that she had been involved with a very physical sport that enabled her to have the abilities to run without getting winded after 3 blocks. Her physical training I will call BS on - there is no way she can learn as much special PT as she did in the short amount of time that she did. Read the book, you will see what I mean.
I know so far I have been pointing out negative things....but to me that is a compliment - if a book really makes me THINK, it has my attention and it has me involved with the plot. I was very involved to the point that I was actually thinking about their number system and how it was almost like a caste system. A caste system is a class structure that is determined by birth. Loosely, it means that in some societies, if your parents are poor, you're going to be poor, too. Same goes for being rich, if you're a glass-half-full person. In this case, who you parent is does influence your number and your number will influence your parents number once you are rated. Typically once in a caste system there is no breaking the boundary, so if you are born to a lower class family, you have no hope of ever rising above that - the same is to be said of the Rating system....to me that is a flawed system that this society has instituted.
That last paragraph right there shows you the sign of a book well worth reading if it makes you question society as a whole. Even though the US doesn't participate in a caste system, we do. We just do it without acknowledging it. This book is about looking at someone and judging them at first glance - by the number on their forehead. In the US we all know that we have done that - looked at a person and judged them for one reason or another at first glance, we simply do not have a government in place to enforce that system as Rebecca Rode has created in this book.
In summation, I highly recommend reading this book and the sequel, plus the additional stories. If you aren't like me and like to think a book to death sometimes, it is still a thoroughly enjoyable, well paced read. I love the character Treena, she is relatable, spunky and you root for her all through the book. It took me a little while to warm up to Vance, but I understood where he was coming from and I thought he was the perfect Yin to her Yang. I read thru book 1 and 2 in almost 1 sitting and now I'm eagerly waiting for book 3.
The Numbers Saga is a dystopian novel with an active female heroine. Treena has quite a bit thrown at her, but she doesn't just react to her situations, she actively seeks out her story. She creates her own rules.
I wasn't entirely convinced that a 16-year old who is referred to as 'small' would be able to defend and defeat a fully trained adult soldier after one week of training. There were other small plot conveniences - punishment mode was only triggered for important characters when it could be overcome. Important characters could escape when they needed and get to where they needed to be. I could see the plot twists coming.
That being said, I could not put this book down. The writing style, characters, and plot pulled me right in and I didn't want to stop reading. This was a fun and engrossing book.
If you were a fan of Divergent and Hunger Games, you will enjoy this book.
Long story short, I really enjoyed the new take on dystopia in Numbers Game. In a post-apocalyptic United States, everyone's lives are dictated by their rating. Confirming to societal rules and trends earns you a higher rating. Delinquency or non-conformance brings your rating down. The book follows Treena, a girl who is trying her absolute hardest to please society and become a "green" by earning a high enough rating. But when Rating Day comes, everyone is shocked by an unexpected turn off events. Treena is thrown into an intriguing course as she tries to figure out what is happening under the surface of the society she had always taken at face value.
I read books for their storylines - I usually can't tell you much about the description or word choice, since I usually make my own picture in my head as I read (maybe good description helps me with that but I never consciously pay attention to it). Numbers Game made it hard for me to stop reading because the story was so gripping. Rebecca Rode does a great job at finding the right balance between suspense and revelation, and by the end of the book I was left satisfied and ready for more (and more is definitely coming in the next books, as many questions were left to be answered in the sequels).
In all, I can heartily recommend this book. Another bonus is that there is no language or sexual content, which ruins a lot of books these days. Looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy!