Post Chaos 2029:
Adam, Sarah and little Mia are living together, struggling with the fame of seeing numbers - the dates when people die.
But something is about to tear them apart. During the Chaos, Mia swapped her number for another.
Suddenly her powerful new ability makes her a terrifying target.
Everyone wants to live forever...
As I sit here wondering how to describe the way I feel about this book, I have to warn you that this book suffers from a rare condition that seems to be getting more and more common. That's right folks, this book has what I like to call Synopsis-itis. Essentially what this means is the back of the book doesn't tell you anything about the story. Now I have good news Synopsis-itis seems to only be affecting books that are published by Chicken House. Unfortunately Chicken House is one of my favourite publishers. On the plus side although the synopsis is pretty rubbish this is still a cracking read.
The main characters in this one are the same as Numbers 2: The Chaos. Adam and Sarah are just as real in this book as the one before. I still adored them, even though they are flawed as people. In fact I think that's part of why I loved them, it's nice to see characters that aren't perfect. At the end of the day they're just two people that are trying to do the best by Marty, Luke and Mia. Now speaking of I absolutely adored Mia, her beauty and intelligence shone throughout the book. The last character who I am going to mention is a new addition, he's called Saul and is probably one of the strongest characters in the trilogy. The emotions I felt whenever he was in a scene were so intense that I actually can't put them into words.
The plot to this book has a really strong meaning even though it covers many human emotions and reactions. The only other series I can think of that handles something similar is The Declaration Trilogy by Gemma Malley. I'm not assuming you've read that I just wanted to portray my opinion that this seems to have a basis that hasn't really been covered much.
If I'm honest at first I wasn't sure that this book matched the quality of its predecessors but in the end, as far as I'm concerned, it did. Rachel Ward, the author, left some things unanswered and I like the mystery of it, the fact that we'll never know everything because that's how it is in life. Another thing I like is the intricacies the author added, if you're a sucker for intricacies as I am you would have noticed a couple of things and squealed in sheer delight.
4 stars - This is a solid ending to an absolutely mind blowing trilogy. I think this whole thing will stay with me for a while, it stands out amongst the crowd of YA books. I personally cannot wait to see what Rachel Ward does next.
A Final Note
There is some swearing. Not as much as in the previous two but there's also some graphic violence (I'm not sure that's the right word but I can't describe it without spoilers.) Definitely not recommended for under 14s but if you're older than that you should totally go for it.
Tara over at Basically Books =) has also reviewed this book. You can find her review here.
- Book summary from the back of the book
- Image from Google