The Chaos (Numbers Series #2)

The Chaos (Numbers Series #2)

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by Rachel Ward
     
 

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The curse of the NUM8ERS continues in Rachel Ward's CHA0T1C, earth-shattering sequel! Adam has more than inherited his mother's curse: When he looks in someone's eyes, he not only sees the date of their death...he feels the searing, shocking pain of it. Since Jem died, Adam has lived by the sea with his great-grandmother, Val. But when rising tides flood the coast,…  See more details below

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The curse of the NUM8ERS continues in Rachel Ward's CHA0T1C, earth-shattering sequel! Adam has more than inherited his mother's curse: When he looks in someone's eyes, he not only sees the date of their death...he feels the searing, shocking pain of it. Since Jem died, Adam has lived by the sea with his great-grandmother, Val. But when rising tides flood the coast, they return to London. The city is an alien, exciting, frightening place. Most disturbing of all, Adam can't help but clock how many people's numbers are in January 2027; how many are on New Year's Day. What chaos awaits the world? Can he and Sarah stop a catastrophe? Or are they, too, counted among the "twenty-sevens"?

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for NUMBERS

"Even the idea of this book gave me chills. How would you like to know someone's fate just by looking in their eyes? Creepy and original." --R.L. Stine

"A page-turner. What starts as a simple extrasensory gimmick grows into an increasingly engrossing and au courant plot line involving terrorism, class tensions, and youth. One thing is certain: Ward's Numbers is ace." -- The Los Angeles Times

* "Gritty, bold, and utterly unique. Jem's isolation and pain, hidden beneath a veneer of toughness, are palpable, and the ending is a real shocker."
• -- School Library Journal, STARRED review

*"It's a gritty tale, unsparingly told, and debut novelist Ward demonstrates exceptional control of her material. Her characters remain true to themselves and their bleak circumstances, making for some excruciating moments....Despite its supernatural premise, Jem's story shines a stark and honest light on the lives of teens on the fringe."* -- Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

"A lovely, bittersweet tearjerker about living life to the fullest." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A moving portrayal of life and love lost." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Intelligent and life-affirming. Rachel Ward is certainly one to watch." -- The Guardian (UK)

"Utterly compelling." -- The Sunday Telegraph (UK)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545388450
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Series:
Numbers Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
631,368
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


RACHEL WARD first won a writers' award at a regional arts festival, and her prize-winning short story turned into the opening chapter of NUMBERS, her breakout debut novel. Its sequel, THE CHAOS, was published in Spring 2011; the trilogy concludes with INFINITY. Rachel lives in Bath, England, with her husband and their two children.

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The Chaos 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Ashley Funes More than 1 year ago
THIS book really blew my head of and it really made me think of dieing a wierd way. It will blow you away.%)
jillt18 More than 1 year ago
Makes you think, while there's quite a lot of action. Some kind of disturbing parts, and a lot of bad language, but all in all, not a bad book. (But you should definitely read the first one!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was probably my least favorite of the three books, however, it was necessary as a bridge between the first and third books. I would highly recommend the whole series!
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
After reading Rachel Ward's Numbers last year, I was eager to read more by her, especially since her future books' would be part of the same world. Sadly enough, while The Chaos is, without a doubt, an interesting and suspenseful addition, it truly didn't live up to Numbers, in my opinion. The Chaos begins the story of Adam, the child of Jem and Spider- the main characters of Numbers. Just like his beloved mother, Adam can see the people's death dates as well as what will happen to them when he looks into their eyes. In his opinion, this is not the best ability, as not only was he able to predict his mother's death, but he has also become emotionally scarred by everyone else's as well. After a few incidents, Jem begins to learn it's best to stay under the radar, though everything changes when he realizes how people's numbers are in January 2027. Knowing that nothing good is to come from this, he teams up with Sarah, another teen with a harrowing past of her own, to stop this. However, will they be able to in time? More importantly, will they come out alive? Only time and more pages will tell in this fast-paced thriller. One of my favorite parts of Numbers was the characters, Jem and Spider specifically, but in The Chaos I had the hardest of times relating to Adam and Sarah. Sure, I found them and their stories interesting, but when it down to it I didn't really have much in common with them; ultimately bring this story down a few notches. Thankfully, the plot was what saved this novel, because not only did I love the premise, but the execution was also great. There wasn't a moment where I wasn't contemplating what would happen next: Would Sarah and Jem come out alive? What was going to happen in January 2027? There were so many questions, making this novel one I ripped through quickly as possible. Rachel's writing has also improved, as she did a great job of switching narrators in a way that created lots of tension and suspense and had plenty of decent world building. However, I will admit, I didn't find the ending she gave to be the greatest. I was left with plenty of questions, but with the promise of a sequel in the future, I'm sure they'll be answered then. While The Chaos wasn't my favorite book of Rachel's so far, I did still find it to be an enjoyable read overall. I will definitely be reading the conclusion to the trilogy, coming out next year. So, in all, I suggest this read to teens of all ages as well as adult fans of YA. Grade: B
Babette Sherrier More than 1 year ago
I can not wait 4 the 3 1!!!!!!! Going to be soo good!!!!!!!! Love this series, unlike anything i've ever rread!!!!!!! :) becca
ThIsFun More than 1 year ago
This book was great I loved everything about. The title does match the book this ins't a regular book it makes you think what if this were to happen what would you do would flee or help. I also loved the characters they were fantastic who their  personalities matched who they were real people not fake characters. I loved everything about and this would make a great read. 
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I thought this book was better than numbers!
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It was great.