“Seriously, I Will Read Your Book”
Th3 Cha0s by Rachel Ward
Young adult writer Rachel Ward plops readers back London where numbers and dreams predict an horric event looming on the horizon.
By Rachel Ward Chicken House 2011
Back Cover: 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”?
Lara’s Review: Adam has Jem’s gift of prediction. One look in your eyes and he knows the day you’ll die. Sarah has the gift of sight. She knows something terrible is going to happen and that Adam is somehow at the center of it all. While they are drawn to each other, Sarah can’t deny that Adam will somehow hurt her and her baby. Their struggles to understand what their predictions mean put them in danger of being in London on 1/1/27. A day they both know means horrific deaths for thousands.
(Spoilers) This book was completely different from Num8ers. Adam deals with his gift in a very different way than his mother. He is more meticulous, but has his father’s hot-headed streak. The addition of Sarah complicates the story. At first the yuck feeling of Sarah having been molested by her dad made me not as enthused about reading the book. As I struggled to set aside my feelings of repulsion I realized the problem was me. Regardless of whether I read it or not, incest and rape happens in real life to hundreds of girls all over the world and their stories are just as important to tell. Plus, we all want to see the bad guy get his just deserts and the only way that was going to happen was to finish the book. The plot twist at the end with Sarah’s child, Mia, stealing people’s numbers so she can live longer was unexpected. It will be interesting to see where Rachel takes this in the next story.
This book did not captivate me as much as Num8ers did. Jem’s characters was a teenager, but her thought processes were more mature. This made her character more relatable to me as an adult reader. Adam and Sarah, were very reactive and trapped in their own minds. I had a harder time relating to them as they always seemed one step away from making the connections they needed to make. But, my mother, liked Th3 Cha0s better than Num8ers, so it really depends on the reader. With that being said if you liked Num8ers, this is a must read as the third book, Infinity, is out!