Numbers #2: The Chaos
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545263559 Paperback
352 Pages | 5.27" x 8.02" | Ages 14 & Up
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545242691 Hardcover
352 Pages | 5.82" x 8.53" | Ages 14 & Up
Adam inherited his mother Jem's curse. With a vengeance. When he stares into someone's eyes, he doesn't just see the date of their death, he feels the searing, shocking pain of it.
Orphaned, Adam has grown up by the sea with his great-grandmother, Val. But as rising tides flood the coast, they flee to London. The city is an alien, anarchic 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 Adam and his damaged friend Sarah stop a catastrophe? Or are they, too, counted among the "twenty-sevens"?
Raves & reviews:
"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 aucourant plotline 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
*"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)