Best Books Read in November: Rachel Ward’s NUMBERS Trilogy

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 | 2 comments

This week’s YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday asks:

What’s the best book you read in November?

It’s been a few months since I wrote one of these. Important things like editing got in the way!

The best books I read this month were Rachel Ward’s Numbers trilogy. I’d actually owned these books for a while but hadn’t got round to reading them, partly because of the one criticism I have of them—I found the beginning of book one a little slow. But, wow, was I glad I gave them another chance, because once the action got going, it did not let up one iota until the last page of book three. Rachel Ward is an expert at piling crisis after unpredictable crisis on her poor characters, forcing you to flip pages as fast as you can.

The Numbers trilogy is a bit fantasy, a bit dystopian and a bit contemporary. All three books are about characters who can tell people’s death-dates by looking into their eyes, and the challenges that throws up for them when a) people don’t believe them, b) people do believe them, and c) natural disasters and terrorist attacks make life complicated.

The trilogy’s action-packed, but Ward manages to squeeze in plenty of character development, social commentary, and a smidge of romance too.

Blurb from book one:

Ever since she was a child, Jem has kept a secret: Whenever she meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. The two plan a trip to the city. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem is terrified to see that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode!

I highly recommend checking out the Numbers trilogy, especially if you’re looking to read more UKYA.

What was the best book you read in November?


  1. Fantastic post, Kendra! I’ve read some amazing books in November – hard to pick one, but I’m going to go with THE TWISTROSE KEY by Tone Almhjell. Completely magical!

  2. Thanks, Emma! Just looked up THE TWISTROSE KEY…sounds *amazing*.

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