Review: The Chaos by Rachel Ward

Published: 2011
By: Chicken House/Scholastic
Series: Numbers
Source: EPL
Format: Audiobook
ISBN: 9780545242691

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”?


Double-whammy! Or at least I’m sure that’s how Adam feels. Not only has he inherited his mother’s gift/curse but it also has come with an extra package; Adam not only sees the numbers but also has a pretty good sense of how. Sense… feeling… he feels their pain, not quite sure how it may happen but he feels it.

When Adam and his great-grandmother was forced out of their home in Weston they returned to Nan’s old home in London. A mistake to which they soon find out later. Adam is seeing a continuous flow of the same sets of numbers: 01012027. What does it mean? What does it entail? Adam only knows a lot of people are going to die and it’s up to him to try to convince a lot of people to get out of the city, including himself.

Does he? No, that’d be too simple! Before Adam was suspended from school he meets a girl and they connect. Not for the greatest reasons either. This whole story jumps between the narration of Adam and Sarah. Sarah comes with a shopping cart full of her own issues but Adam doesn’t care and he will die trying to keep her and their future safe.

My Thoughts

This was a great book, although I didn’t continue the series via audiobook 😦 I was really pleased with the outcome. It was still thrilling and exciting and jaw-dropping and… I could go on. It was a great read! I’d highly recommend it, but I’d also suggest you read the first before the second, the themes will make more sense, and I’ll be looking forward to picking up the last of the trilogy in the near future.

“However cozy things seemed, the facts of life were the same. You couldn’t escape death: It would get us all in the end.”
― Rachel WardNumbers

4 Star



About Black ' n Write Reviewer

Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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