Numbers (Numbers Series #1)

Numbers (Numbers Series #1)

by Rachel Ward


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ISBN-13: 9780545142991
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Series: Numbers Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 137,783
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 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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Numbers 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 151 reviews.
FOS More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for mature teens and the young at heart. A fast paced adventure with a teen romance thrown in. The story focuses on Jem, a misunderstood troubled girl with the power to predict when people are going to die, and her equally misunderstood friend Spider. The two are caught up in a terrorist act in London and are forced to flee from the police. In their ensuing flight Jem comes to terms with her life and herself, whilst discovering that sometimes people can really be trusted. Ward is an exciting new talent who writes engaging contemporary fiction. She tackles the complexity of the lives of her protagonists realistically and compassionately. I can't wait to find out what happens in the sequel. I have given this book as a gift to most of my teen friends in England - male and female and they have all loved it.
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
This book was so good; you have to read it. Jem is a tired and frightened girl going from foster home to foster home. She's sick of seeing people's "numbers" when she looks in their eyes. The "numbers" are the dates of their deaths. But can she change the dates? Can she find love and happiness? Read it, and find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a real page turner. Itll keep you on your toes and very unique ideas. It changed my #1 all time favorite book! My emotions went up and down while reading this. I laughed and cried, and at times I wanted to crawl in the pages and slap a few characters. Amazing book. I dont think its possible to even dislike this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are no other words to descibe this book! Rachel Ward has a hit on her hands. The concept is imaginative and the writing shapes the plot wonderfully! I finished reading it in a matter of hours and i have loaned it to 4 of my friends so far and they have all loved it too! You must read this book!
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
I chose to read Numbers because the summary of the book sparked my curiosity. I thought the book sounded very interesting. I couldn't put it down when I started reading it. Though she can be mean, the main character is very likable. The author did a really great job writing it and the story was never boring. I love how there were several different genres that the book had. It was a great action/adventure sci-fi story, but at the same time it was like the ultimate love story. I loved how personal the characters were and how well described the places in the story and the characters personalities were. I really loved the book because for me it's everything I look for in a good book. The storyline was interesting and got exciting at a lot of different parts. I also like how part of the story was the mystery of the numbers. The mystery was how she found out what the numbers meant and how they work. My favorite part of the book was the ending because for me it was the most exciting part and the most unexpected. I'm glad I chose this book and I would recommend it to anyone. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
kiet nguyen More than 1 year ago
My very first book I ever finish. This book is very interested. From the very first time I heard the summary, no matter what  I'm going to finish this book. Numbers is about a shy , unsocialize teenage girl: Jem had a unwanted gift (more like a curse) that  she can see people date of death by look into their eyes.She hide away from people and life for avoid her gift. Then she met Spider ,and she realize how living & loving are so important. The ending of the book is very predictable, it make me can not sit still . It make me want to read the second book of this series !!!!  K.N
book_loverSW More than 1 year ago
this book was one of the best books i have ever read it was very hard to put it down it had drama, action and more everything you would ever want into one great book with a major twist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot is interesting and so is the love story. It is definitely one of my favorite books. Some parts made me cry and others made me laugh. It is worth buying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay , This story made me feel soooo good ! I LOVED Britney and Spider and Jem. It was one if those romantic sifi books thst should be a movie or something. I could read this book over and over again. The thing is though she shouldnt have put in the part where Spider slipped to his death. That killed me. But the book is like soo full of feeling. I want to see another one like this. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK-5 STARS!!!! This Is a really good book for mature teens to read, because it is a fast paced adventure that is told in the best way it can be. The story is about Jem a misunderstood teen girl that has the ability to predict the date that people are going to die, and she is very accurate. She tries to avoid relationships because she doesn’t wants to fall in love with someone and his date is coming soon to die, she avoids relationship until she meets spider another outsider and takes a chance to be in a relationship with him, but he only has a brief time that remains before his expiration date comes up. If you don’t read this book it’s your loss!!!!
booksplusmusicequalslife More than 1 year ago
Amazing Book would reccemend it to every teen i know(which is alot). I feel in love with this book since chapter one! I also fell in love Spider, i thought he was the picture perfect boyfriend even though he had his flaws.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was soo interesting, i neverwanted to put down the book.deff gonna read the 2nd book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title says it all!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So i think if you buy this book here it might be in spanish?? BUT DONT LET THAT STOP YOU! Just get the book out of a liberary or something becaseit is sooooo worth it! Love love love totally recomend it
SavvyReader26 More than 1 year ago
Amazing read that won't let you up for air. Jem and Spider are amazing characters. I read this book in less than 2 days. I am an avid reader; about 2-3 books a week (sometimes more)Rachel Ward did an amazing job for a writer just stepping on to the scene. Kudos Rachel!!!
yearningtoread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Num8ers by Rachel Ward (#1)Pages: 325Release Date: November 8th, 2008Date Read: 2012, January 24th - February 10thReceived: Audiobook from LibraryRating: 4/5 starsRecommended to: 17+SUMMARY -Jemma never wanted this gift - this curse. She never realized the Numbers meant something until her mom died - on a date that spelled out the Numbers Jem saw in her mother's eyes. now she knows - she can never look someone in the eye without knowing when they'll die. For a long time, Jem has distanced herself from the world, but now, she's found a friend in the quirky boy from school, Spider. It isn't long, however, before Jem's gift predicts a terrorist attack. Now the suspects, she and Spider are on the run for their lives, and Jem is forced to live like she's never lived before.MY THOUGHTS -Sitting here, writing out that summary, I almost burst into tears. Yep, this is one of those books. Books that make me bawl. I swear I was hyperventilating at the end of this book. It's like a sharp knight to the gut. Actually, I take that back. It's a shock back into reality.Most books with this much content usually aren't what I pick up or finish. But. There are a few reasons I finished this one.1. The narrator. By golly this woman can read a book and make it come to life like nothing else I've ever seen. I don't typically do audiobooks, but I was pulled into Jem's world through the narrator's brilliant voice.2. Jem's transformation (more on that below).3. The thick intensity and grit of the world Rachel Ward so perfectly built. Oh, it's earth, the world we live in, but it's like nothing you've ever read.4. Her writing. Ward has a way with worlds. Simple, to the point, but also lyrical and passionate.CHARACTER NOTES -So. Jem. She's hard, closed-off, never budging from her comfort zone (if she even has one) - no friends, no life - nothing that could make her see people's death dates, their Numbers. Normally, a girl like this would drive me crazy. There's no way I could relate to her. But, the magic of the narrator and author worked together, and as soon as I heard Jem's story, her mom's story, her life now, I could never have walked away. I cared, I understood, I was Jem. I suddenly was experiencing life through her eyes. I hurt, bled for her, with her. If you can do that with your readers in such a severe, devastating way, you're brilliant.When Jem meets Spider, so begins the slow, painful process of Jem's transformation. I cannot even begin to tell you how perfect and seamless the change wrought in her character was. Like, freaking brilliant. I'd say it's some of the best character development I've seen, hands down, next to classic characters such as Sydney Carton, Andre-Louis Moreau and Raskilnikov.Spider was also excellently portrayed. He irritates the crap out of Jem sometimes, but she cares for him more than she's wiling to admit. There's so much heart and soul to his character, because he is the life in Jem. He brings her out of her shell with his fidgeting, jumpiness, loud personality, and care for her.Besides these two, there's a cast of characters worthy of reading about. None have so much page time as the leads, but they all play their part. None were ever dull or awkward or stupid. I loved every last one of them.STORY NOTES -I was sitting in my car with my 14-year-old sister, listening away to this brilliant narration, at the very beginning of the story, when Jem dropped the first F-bomb in a rather sudden, s hocking moment. She said it again, a few times in that scene. Startled, I turned it off, planning to proceed with caution when there wasn't such a young audience.Proceed with caution. Yes. There were a LOT of F-bombs in this book. Probably 60 or so. Typically, this annoys me to pieces. BUT. I could understand where Jem was coming from, due to stellar writing skills on Ward's part. This doesn't make it okay, but if I was in Jem's shoes, and had lived the life she had, I'd probably
BornBookish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was torn with whether I even wanted to finish reading this book or not. One minute I had decided that I wasn¿t going to read it anymore and then I would decide that I wanted to see how things played out. I went back and forth, back and forth the whole book. I was really intrigued by the whole plot of this book. A girl who sees the date someone is going to die whenever she looks into his or her eyes. Why can she see this? What does she do about it? How does she deal with it? I was interested to see what direction the author was going to take with it. The language was my biggest issue here. The amount of F words coming out of these characters mouths made me stop and put the book down on several occasions. There were also a lot of slang words, which I just find hard to follow sometimes.Jem is a very confused character; she is burdened with this unwanted knowledge and doesn¿t really know what to do with it. She keeps everyone at a distance, and tries her hardest to avoid eye contact with anybody. I really wasn¿t able to connect with Jem at all, I hardly ever agreed with any of the choices that she made, and kept getting mad at her the whole time.As for romance, Jem and Spiders friendship does develop into more of a relationship but it¿s a weird one. When Jem decided she liked Spider as more than a friend is beyond me. I felt like she spent most of her time criticizing him and then all of a sudden she decides she¿s in love with him. I don¿t know it just seemed kind of strained.I wasn¿t aware that this book was the first in a series until I had finished. I think my jaw actually hit the floor when I read the last few pages. The ending was so good and so shocking that I did consider reading the next book for about half a second, but then my better judgment kicked in and I decided against it.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jem Marsh is a 15-year-old London teenager who has the power to see the exact date a person will die when she looks into his or her eyes. Tormented by the anguish in her this causes, she avoids looking directly at others. This gets her stigmatized as a "weirdo," and so she has become one of a group of school outcasts (facilitated ¿ in the cruel way kids can be - by her status as a foster child in a working-class milieu). Narrated in the first person, Jem explains her reaction to seeing how long her classmates have to live:"They say average life expectancy¿s going up, don¿t they, but I guess that doesn¿t apply to kids from the projects of Greater London. Most of them were only going to make their forties or fifties; quite a few were checking out way before that. Casualties of how we all live now, I guess ¿ cars, booze, drugs, despair. I¿d rather not have known, but it wasn¿t something I could switch on and off.¿Her own life, which she describes as ¿crap,¿ slowly improves when she finds herself reluctantly forming a friendship with a tall, gangly, antsy boy in her class named Spider. She resists the relationship because she has seen his numbers, but when the two are witnesses to a terrorist act, she feels she has no choice but to join forces with Spider and open herself up to another human being.What I liked:British slang: I love how the language has evolved over there! (But do the British really say flashlight now instead of torch? That would be a shame! Next thing you know they¿ll be calling nappies diapers!)Teenage portrayal: Ward does a great job portraying the angst and the confusion and the anger. Why do I love reading about that? Obviously, because I¿m not in the middle of it any more! Male/Female Interaction: I love that Spider ¿gets¿ Jem¿s fears and anger, and adapts to them with gentleness and understanding. Jem doesn¿t like to be noticed, and she doesn¿t like people to say nice things to her. Spider is terrific at making her feel at ease, and I loved how both the problem and resulting dynamic were portrayed.Theme: This may sound like a paranormal book, but it really is a coming of age story, with just a little bit of a twist to elevate it from the bromidic.Social Commentary: This is nicely woven into the story without didacticism. For example, when Jem meets the white grandmother who raised Spider, who is black, she observes: "The days of family photographs ¿ Mum, Dad, two kids, all dressed up, all looking the same ¿ did that ever happen? Is there anywhere that still happens? Not here, anyway. Families `round here are what they are ¿ just your nan, like Spider, or no one, like me ¿ black, white, brown, yellow, whatever. That¿s how it is.¿Ending: Although this is the first book of a trilogy, it actually ends, and in a very clever "Twilight Zone" manner that I never anticipated (although I can visualize the entire set of bloggers who review this writing ¿oh, I saw that coming a mile away!)Evaluation: Very compelling story with characters who are appealing. I¿ll probably follow up on this one.
lnommay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book talk: (Keep head down, avoiding eyes of students until last line.) My name is Jem. I'm 15 and have been alone since my mum died back in 2001; I was six. See, she loved using heroin more than she loved me. Oh, sure, there's my foster mum, Karen; but she doesn't really get me, you know? I skip school a lot; teachers don't really want a kid like me in their classes any way, do they? I try to find places where I can be alone, but this guy Spider keeps showing up and making a real bother out of himself. Part of me would like to have someone to hang out with, be almost normal, you know? But I don't get close to nobody 'cause in the end, everyone leaves. That's part of the reason he makes me feel uncomfortable. The other part that makes me uncomfortable is his number. Spider's number is 12152010. Poor bloke, only a few months left to live. I know his number; I know everyone's number. That's why I hate to look at people's faces, look into their eyes. Because when I do, I see their number. I don't really see the numbers hanging in the air; they just kind of appear in my mind. I feel them somewhere behind my eyes. (HEAD UP, LOOKING INTO THEIR FACES) And the numbers tell me each person's date of death.
Tatiana_G on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Numbers is yet another victim of misleading marketing. Everything about this book's packaging - the cover, the blurb - screams Sci-Fi! Saving the world! Action! Angsty love! No wonder every negative review of it I've read says - Well, I expected Numbers to be this, but it turned out to be that, so I am totally disappointed.Let me tell you what this novel actually is about. Numbers is a story of two poor, rough British kids who find themselves on the run when, thanks to Jem's ability to see every person's death date, they flee the scene of a bombing and are accused of causing it. Their flight is not necessary and maybe even stupid. But Jem and Spider are the kids of the lower class, children of addicts who maybe dabble in crime, and they do not have much faith in authorities (and rightfully so). They think that escape is their only way out. The other important driving force of the flight is Jem's knowledge that Spider's death is only mere days away. She can't allow her friend spend his last days in jail. The two are hiding and hoping for a better future for themselves.Jem's ability has an almost allegorical meaning here. It is not a super-special world-saving power and it doesn't have much bearing on the story. This ability is more of Jem's personal burden she has to carry. It has shaped her worldview, forced her to stay away from people, to never let anyone in. What is the point of getting attached if she knows when their lives will end?I loved almost everything about Numbers. The development of the relationship between Jem and Spider was so sincere and well done in its progression from reluctant camaraderie to genuine young love between two outcasts. I enjoyed Jem, closed out and vulnerable and funny. (Special thanks to the reader of the audio version - she was fabulous and truly brought Jem to life.) Spider is a male love interest I rarely see in YA lit - he is not particularly attractive, he is flawed, and yet infinitely caring and kind.Finally, I appreciated the main sentiment of this story - we all are walking clocks counting down the remaining minutes, hours, days, years of our lives. Knowing that everything ends should not stop us from enjoying what we have now.My only negative is that I wish the story was not so sad.
hoffer30380 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A challenging, but very good, book to read. Filled with good words and scenes that'll keep you on the edge of your seat!! Additionally, this book has an amazing idea/spark to it.
pandareads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Since her mother passed away, Jem has seen numbers in her head. When she looks a person in the eye she can see the date they are going to die, a gift that she's frustrated with and causes her to be something a social outcast. When she meets Spider, they quickly become involved with each other and with something else... that leaves them on the run from the law.This was a really good book. The concept was interesting and unique, it was executed well, the characters were colorful, and all-in-all it was a book that I really enjoyed reading. My one minor complaint is that it dragged on a bit, just a tiny bit, toward the ending. Still, I'm looking forward to reading the sequel eventually, especially because of the bit of a cliffhanger the author left me with.
HollyRae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ok, Well I really enjoyed this book. This concept is great. You start reading and it pulls you right in. Its a beautiful story. So, Overall I loved it and would recommend it. : )
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jem has seen the numbers her whole life. She just needs to look someone in the eye, and she can see the date of their death. An orphan who has been through a succession of foster homes, she avoids relationships. But Spider, another misfit from her school, connects with her, and she allows herself to feel something for him, although she can see he doesn't have long to live. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time, they find themselves on the run from the law after Jem realizes that something terrible is about to happen in London.
mckait on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a nice read. I was intrigued by the concept, and so requested this book. It is a fairly short book about Jem, a young girl with an unusual gift. She sees a number when she looks into a persons eyes, She learned when her mother died what that number meant. She was seven years old, andwhen she saw someone note the date of her mothers death, realized it was the number she had always seen for her mom. She never tells anyone their number, and for a very long time never shared with anyone that she had this gift. Being left without family and put into the foster care system, did not help her to deal with this gift. She had no friends, and understandably felt different than all of her friends. She began to act out, ditch school andbecame a loner. One day, of course, all of this changed when she met a boy. He was as much a "misfit" as she was and despite Jem's intention to keep herself apart from others, they became close. The boy, Spider, lived with his grandmother, Val. I wish her character had figured more into the story, as I feel it would have given it more depth. I quite liked Val, who was a little eccentric and she herself had a gift of seeing auras. She immediately knew that Jem was different, special and gifted. This was a nice, short, entertaining, read for a cold evening by the fire.