Review: The Chaos (Book Two in the Numbers Series) by Rachel Ward

March 15, 2011 Dystopian fiction, Paranormal Fiction, Review, YA 3

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The Chicken House; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 054524269X
  • Source: Publisher
  • In the sequel to Numbers, Jem’s son, Adam,  has inherited his mother’s curse….and then some.  When he looks into a person’s eyes, he not only sees the exact date of their death but also the manner in which they die.It’s nearly a decade later & Adam is forced to deal with this horrible curse.  Since his mother passed away, he’s been living with Val/”Nan”, his great-grandmother. 

    The world isn’t as it used to be.  Natural disasters are occuring on a more frequent basis.  The government monitors its citizens by way of chips embedded under the skin.

    When rising tides cause flooding, Nan & Adam are forced to move to London. Adam keeps track of “the numbers” in a smal black journal.  He begins to notice a trend; hundreds upon hundreds of people will die on New Years Day in the year 2027, just days away. With so many people “destined” to die in one day, Adam is certain it will be the result of some large catastrophic inncident.

    At school one day, Adam meets Sarah.  It’s obvious she is special as well, but not the same as Adam.  She has also lead a horribly tragic & painful life.  Her sleep is ambushed by horrible dreams of fire & death.

    The book is told in alternating chapters, each one giving the reader a glance inside the minds of the main characters. Adam and Sarah must find a way to warn London’s citizens of the impending doom, but in a world in which the government controls all communications this task becomes nearly impossible.

    Nearly a year ago I reviewed Numbers, the first book in this series. Any issues/problems I had with this series have vanished after reading The Chaos. Unlike Numbers the pacing of the storyline is relentless. The main characters, Adam & Sarah, are so vivid, so “real” that one can’t help but feel sympathy for them.  Both have been dealt a pretty difficult life yet choose to rise above all of this in order to save thousands of people.  I couldn’t help but read this book in one sitting; I had to know what happened to these characters in which I invested so much of my time.  

    The Chaos does end in a cliffhanger but considering this is part of a continuing series it is to be expected. The third book in this series, Infinity, is scheduled for release this summer.  I impatiently await it’s release!

    I highly recommend this series for fans of dystopian fiction. However,  due to some of the mature sexual content, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under the age of fifteen.  

    Be sure to check back later today to enter for one of two copies of The Chaos.

    For more information on this series, check out the Numbers web site.

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