Book Review: Num8ers by: Rachel Ward


Scholastic / The Chicken House

Publish Date:
February 1, 2011


Trade Paperback

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Since the day her mother died, Jem has known about the numbers.

Numbers that pop into her head when she looks into someone's eyes. They're dates, the numbers. Dates predicting death.

Burdened by such grim knowledge, Jem avoids relationships. Until she hooks up with Spider and decides to take a chance. But on a date to London, Jem forsees a chilling chain of events. The city's a target. The clock's running out. The countdown is on to a blowup, and her world is about to explode!

Review: Jem sees numbers when she meets someone's eyes and that number is the date of their death. No matter what, there's no changing this number - that she's found. The premise reminded me of an episode of Medium when Allison saw a number counting down above people's heads and when it was zero that was when their "time was up". I enjoyed the roughness of the characters and the plot. Jem's a tough girl, practically on her own since she was a little kid. I admired her determination and can understand her motivations. Num8ers is a kick-ass book and one that will make you think hard about the future.

Numbers series: Num8ers (1), Th3 Chaos (2), Infinity (3)


  1. This a fantastic idea. I think I would rather see this on a screen rather than read it, but it does sound interesting. Great review.

  2. The premise of this novel sounds very intriguing -- I'll have to check it out!

  3. I really want to read this but hadn't seen any decent reviews for it. Thanks! :)


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