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Author:  Rachel Ward

‘Since her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else’s, a number pops into her head – the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together, her life takes a new twist and turn. Waiting for the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number – something terrible is going to happen.’

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Apr 16,2014

Jem has a special ability: she can see the date of people's deaths when she looks at them.

She lives with a foster family and has never been able to get along with anyone- especially not since her mother's death. When she builds a relationship with a guy named Spider, she begins to experience another aspect of life, and this leads to an unexpected turn of events which could potentially endanger herself and those around her, including her new friend.

I found this book to be an exciting and gripping read. It tackles a number of issues relevant to today's society, and challenges the reader to consider the impacts of class and stereotypes. Along with the other books in the trilogy, 'Numbers' deals with themes such as media, government corruption, Fate and Destiny, and the impact that youth can have in a world controlled by adults.

'Numbers' is a really thrilling and thought-provoking read, and I would recommend it to everyone. 5/5.

Dec 02,2011

Jem has always been able to see the numbers. But it is only when her mother dies, does she realise what they mean. Jem is cursed with the power to see the date of people’s deaths. Whenever she looks into people’s eyes, they appear in her head.

Ever since that day, she’s been living a rough life. But now that she has reluctantly become friends with Spider, her life is looking up.

That is until one day, when they are at the London Eye, she notices that everybody in the queue has the same number, today.

What follows is an epic battle against the odds, Jem and Spider running for their lives.


This is one of the best books I have ever read, Numbers, by Rachel Ward, published January 2009, is an amazingly exiting, action thriller. It’s a bit slow to start, but when it does, it does so with a bang!

I would recommend this book to an older reader wanting a book that is impossible to put down.

I don’t think I could compare this book to any other book because I have never read one like it!


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