Ever since she was child, Jem has kept a secret: Whenever she meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. The two plan a trip to the city. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem is terrified to see that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode!
I was really shocked by this book. At first it wasn’t interesting. The main character Jem was so pessimistic. The book reminded me a lot of the Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. However, as the book progressed so did the character. Jem went through some major character development. She started off really negative, rebellious, and cynical. She was an average 15 year old girl, although perhaps a bit extreme. Then as her journey began she turned into something much more. She was able to take down her behaviours that kept everyone away and she finally allowed someone to touch her. She fell in love, learned to make friends, and really matured. The end of the book was especially sad for me. I actually cried. I don’t think I would have cried if she hadn’t become the person she was. The book was very easy to read and the use of language was impressive. Rachel Ward is an English native and she utilizes that to her advantage. The books concept was very interesting. Whenever Jem looked into a persons eyes she saw the day they would die. This “gift” leaves a person with a dilemma. They could either help the person or do nothing. Jem has to deal with these choices throughout the book. Spider is also a very interesting character. He adds a lot to the book. The book ended with the possibility of a sequel which I have learned will be coming out in the future. I enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good read.
The sequel is called Numbers: The Chaos