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Numbers Game (Numbers Game Saga) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 16, 2015
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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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She has spent her whole life preparation for Rating Day. People are judged based on intelligence, activities and virtually every single thing they say or do. On Rating Day each person is given a score based on all those factors. They are thus divided into three groups. The Greens are the top-rated group and end up in the best jobs and best homes.
Yellows are the in-between and are looked down upon by the Reds. They get things like cleaning jobs and things like that. Then there are the bottom of the stack, the Reds, which are disliked by all the others and live in poverty and areas where no Green or Yellow wants to go.
The nation is ruled over by an Empress who has the highest score of all.
Things that make this book believable are the police state they all live under, the techbands they have to ware (and which can be used to incapacitate a person), nutrition pills (instead of real food; having real food is illegal and is punished severely) and the fact that a person's rating can be changed do to what they do.
Treena believes in the system but something goes terribly wrong and she ends up a red. Despite all her hard work and adherence to the rules. She complains but ends up assigned a dangerous mission to carry out after which her rating will be examined.
Supposedly. Little does she know the actual cause of her low rating, what has happened to people with very high ratings, what happened to her real father, who's out to betray her, what happened to her boyfriend and exactly why it seems that people are out to kill her.
It all makes for a very dark and unfortunately very possible future. The characters are all done well, there's a lot of action and things make sense within the context of the story. Basically a must-read.
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.