Holy moley, day thirty! I MADE IT. I thought it would never come, it seemed so far away. But before I get too celebratory, lets get this post on the proverbial road. 🙂
There were so many books I could have chosen for this day of the challenge, so I tried to think of which I would like to spotlight that others may not have heard of or could have forgotten about. I also wanted to pick something that I had never mentioned on my blog before. With this train of thought, I decided upon the Numbers trilogy by Rachel Ward.
I picked up the first book Numbers at a school book fair that almost nobody went to. At thirteen I was really psyched about it, but most people didn’t share my enthusiasm and my secondary school never bothered to participate in the event again; I guess they didn’t get enough people. The unusual cover originally drew me to it, I loved the way the picture was made up of typography (not that I knew the word typography back then). I turned it over to read the blurb and was fascinated. It seemed like such a unique story idea because I had never come across one like it before! Here’s the blurb:
Since the day her mother died, Jem has known about the numbers. When she looks in someone’s eyes, she can see the date they will die.
Life is hard, until she meets a boy called Spider. (Ohh geez, another weird name.) Suddenly her world seems brighter.
But on a trip to London, Jem foresees a chain of events that will shatter their lives forever…
The second book Numbers: The Chaos follows Jem’s son, Adam, who also inherits the affinity for death dates. In the second book he slowly becomes aware that half the worlds date is set to 2027, which means disaster is about to strike. The third book Numbers Infinity is a mystery because I haven’t read it yet, but I can’t wait to get round to it because I love this author and her characters!
One of the things that struck me about this series in retrospect was that it had such a different setup to other books of a similar nature, it doesn’t follow the same formula. Instead of a girl with powers coming out of nowhere to cause a shift in the entire world as the protagonists know it, Numbers works on a much smaller scale which I think is more realistic. Jem is just one normal teenager and although she has an amazing gift, she doesn’t have the opportunity or the means to revolutionize the world with it. To her, it is a massive burden she wishes she could be rid of, she doesn’t want to embrace it and I found that fascinating. To Jem, the knowledge of the numbers is a curse because although she can see people’s death dates, she seems to be powerless to change them. It is only as the years go on and as the generations of her family continue that they are able to learn more about the numbers and how they work, and I thought this was really realistic.
On top of this, I found the books surprisingly dark considering they were aimed at children. It looks into the correlation between ethnicity and crime and the question of whether policemen are more likely to stop minorities or be suspicious of them. The books also tackle growing up in a rough neighborhood, broken homes, teen pregnancies, death and issues society faces as a whole. I can’t speak about how realistic it is because luckily it is something I have never had to experience, but I thought Ward tackled it well. I think it’s important to have books set in more down trodden areas so that teens who are well off are reminded that they exist.
I have enjoyed getting to know every character in this series so far, Jem, Spider, Adam, Sarah and little Mia. I will be sad when I finally finish the series, even though I read the first two books a few years back I still have a warm fuzzy affection for them. There were so many plot twists, drama filled scenes and a few tear jerkers along the way, and I especially loved how the second book added in some further futuristic elements due to it being set in 2027. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the last novel and I am determined to get to it this year! I would highly recommend this series. 😀
Fancy telling me about some of the books you couldn’t put down? Have you ever read the Numbers trilogy? 🙂
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