Sunday, April 18, 2010

Review: Numbers

by Rachel Ward
January 5th 2009
325 pages

Description: Since her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else's, a number pops into her head - the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together, her life takes a new twist and turn. Waiting for the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number - something terrible is going to happen.

My Thoughts: I really loved Numbers! I finished it days ago, and I still find it's message quite disturbing, and I can't seem to get it out of my head! It really made me think: "If someone could tell me the exact day I was going to die, would I want them to?" I thought about it for a long time, and although I would like someone to tell me that I was going to live for 100 years, I wouldn't want to know the date of my death if that was not the case! It made me think about how fragile life is, and how any of us could kick the bucket at any given moment. I mean, honestly, I could die before I even finish this review *looks around for unknown danger*.... so as you can imagine, the premise is kind of depressing! But oh-so intriguing!

In "Numbers" the main character Jem can look right in someone's eyes and see their number. She knows the exact day when everyone around her is going to die. It's really heartbreaking to think of all the people she encounters throughout the story who only have a few years, a few months, or even just a few weeks or days to live. I can't imagine having such a horrible burden.

I guess the moral of the story is: live your life for today, and not for tomorrow... and live your life to the fullest!

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like a amazing review, but the premise sounds disturbing like you say. Great review!! I really want to check this one out now :)