The Chaos (Numbers Series #2)

The Chaos (Numbers Series #2)

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, 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"?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545242691
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: Numbers Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 549,529
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: HL550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About 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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 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
jenniferthomp75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rachel Ward sure knows how to write a page-turner. In this second book of the "Numbers" trilogy, we meet teenager Adam, Jem's son. Jem has died of cancer and she knew the date because her son has the same ability as her - he sees a person's date of death when he looks into their eyes.Adam notices that, more and more, when he looks at a person, many of them have the same death date - January 1st, 2027. He sees fire, flooding, broken bones and more. What could possibly cause all of these deaths?When he meets Sarah, a pregnant runaway with secrets of her own, they fight their fate until they realize they are meant to be together.A fun followup to "Numbers" but not as great. Still recommended to teens that love dark, dystopian fiction.
BookRatMisty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In my review of Rachel Ward's first book, Numbers, I talked about how impressed I was with the story that she had crafted, and the raw, unflinching feel of it. Book 2, The ChaØs, continues in this same thread, but with a few twists. The ChaØs alternates POVs this time around, following Adam, Jem's son, and Sarah. Adam is similarly gifted as his mother was -- he can see the Numbers, people's death dates -- when he looks into their eyes. But he also sees more than that. He actually feels their death for a brief moment, experiences it along with them. A lot of these Numbers and death dates seem to revolve around 1 specific day: New Years day, 2027. Sarah, who has led a much more cushiony life than Adam, has problems of her own to say the least -- as well as an ability of her own: she has a vision of a horrific event -- one in which Adam plays a part . The date of her horrific vision? New Years Day, 2027. These two stories play off of each other and slowly weave together in a very skillful way. Rachel Ward upped the stakes in The ChaØs in some really interesting ways. In Numbers, Jem and Spider were on the run, and that really provided all the tension you'd need (not that that was all the tension their was, but it provided plenty). In The ChaØs, tension is built through a number of things. Adam, like his mother, cannot see his own death date, and with a huge cataclysmic event coming, he's worried he'll be one of the "twenty-sevens" -- and there are things to support the idea that he just might be. This, coupled with Sarahs' nightmare vision, provides a strong baseline for the tension and unease of the novel, and creates a sense of immediacy. But other things -- the idea of the cataclysmic event, the increase in "Big Brother" style governement, tensions between Adam and Sarah, and tensions of a wholly different sort with a boy who targets Adam -- all of these work together to keep the reader feeling anxious, knowing that any minute, the other shoe is going to drop. It just has to. I loved this. Rachel Ward can keep you on the edge of your seat for sure. (Side note: This was a read-in-one-sitting type of book for me. No matter how many times I told myself that I needed to go to bed, I simply couldn't stop until I knew.) There were a few drawbacks for me. There were times, especially in the beginning of the book, where things mirrored book 1 to the extent that I wondered if it was just going to be a rehashing of the same story. Adam has anger issues, as Jem did, and the way it sometimes came out of nowhere and he just had to act out and break something or freak out (and then later, when Sarah had to do the exact same), just started to feel a littel hollow to me. Like Ward couldn't find another way to show her characters angst. But it was something that was either righted at some point, or I got so caught up that I failed to notice it, because at some point in the book, I was completey invested and not aware of any "hollowness" or repetition. It also could have just been a symptom of me reading the two books back to back, come to think of it... It certainly wasn't enough to keep me from recommending these books, or to keep me from adding the final book, Infinity, to my wishlist. All told, this a strong and complex continuation of the Numbers story, made more interesting by the addition of a 2nd point of view -- something that's normally tricky and can weaken a story, rather than improve it. The dystopian/post-apocalyptic element was much stronger in this one, so readers of Numbers who were disappointed with that aspect in book 1 will be pleased with book 2, I think. With The ChaØs, Rachel Ward has cemented herself as an author to watch for me, and I'm eager to see how the story turns out.
sch_94 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Summary: Adam is Jem's and Spider's son. When his mother dies of cancer, Val (Spider's grandmother) comes to raise him. Life would be great for Adam... if it weren't for the fact that he inherited his mother's 'gift' (more like a curse, he's sure). Adam, like his mom Jem, can see people's 'numbers' - the date of their death - when he looks into their eyes, along with feeling the pain of it.When their home by the coast is flooded, Adam and Val are forced to move back to London, where Adam is disturbed to find that a large majority of the population all have the same number: January 1, 2027. Now, with an oppressive government blocking him at every turn, Adam must warn everyone before it's too late... but will he be able to change people's numbers, or is it all for nothing?My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book - more than the first, I think. Adam was a great character, and you can really feel his internal struggle when it comes to figuring out what he has to do and how he feels about Sarah. Sarah was a great character, too - I loved how strong she was, despite everything she's had to go through. I really liked how the author managed to mix dystopia with paranormal elements like Adam's gift and Sarah's visions - for some reason, it works really, really well. Ward's writing is great as well; it pulls you in and doesn't let go. I read this one all in one sitting (2am - 6am, so you know I mean it when I say I couldn't put it down despite how tired I was!).Final Thoughts: This novel is a solid read for fans of dystopian fiction and anything paranormal, and the romance is satisfying enough for those who crave it with their fiction. I recommend it for teens over 16 (for some sexual content - nothing too descriptive, but I definitely don't recommend it for teens under 14).
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In NUM8ERS we met Jem - a teen girl who by staring into a person's eyes can see their numbers. The numbers are their date of expiration or the day of their death.Adam, is Jem's son and he was born with her same gift ,or curse, as he sees it. Adam can not only see the numbers of the person's death but he can also feel whether it'll be a painful or peaceful one. When he starts noticing that most of the people around him will perish in January 2027 and he feels that they will be horrible deaths - he has a feeling that something big will happen... something chaotic and life-changing.The story is actually told in dual narrative. Along with Adam's story, you also meet Sarah. Sarah is a young girl who eventually crosses paths with Adam. She has been having the same dream over and over and only knows that a man will take her baby from her and run off with her in his arms into a fire. She doesn't know who this man is but she will do anything to avoid coming into contact with him. And then she meets Adam... the man in her dreams.I actually really liked Adam's story much better than Jem's. As the imminent threat of 01012027 draws near, you can feel the tension and the anxiety grow in these characters. I really liked both Adam and Sarah and. although sometimes I felt exasperated by their situation, I kept that thread of hope that somehow it would all work out in the end. They were both likable, believable, and easy to connect with. As with Ms. Ward's previous book in this series, she does not hedge around dark topics - rape, drugs, prostitution, runaways and even controlling governments, are all in the mix. This was a very fast-paced and exciting story. The last 100 pages had me glued to my seat. What an epic finale! For fans of the series or those of you who have read its predecessor and are on the fence about it, I recommend you read Numbers 2: The Chaos. I personally enjoyed it much more than Numbers. For readers who haven't read the first in the series, I still recommend you read this one as it can very easily be a stand-alone novel. I look forward to Numbers 3: Infinity scheduled to release June 2011.
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adam is Jem's son and she has passed on her curse to him. Seventeen years has passed, Jem is dead and Adam has been living with his grandmother. When they go back into the city he is shocked to find that everyone's number is the same January 2027. He knows something terrible is coming but doesn't know what, or if he'll be able to stop it.The Chaos is just as creepy and unique as the first one. I think having the curse would be scary and quite stressful. It was an good, intriguing read. Although I liked the first book a lot more. But really that has to do with characters. Jem was a great character, I loved her personality. The ending of The Chaos was pretty intense. The curse just got turned up a notch... wonder where it's gonna lead.I'm not sure if this series qualifies as a dystopian, but I think it is a bit. It's definitely futuristic. I would recommend this series to fans of either genre. It's not one to miss.
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.