Ever since she was 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.
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?
No matter what it takes, Sarah's desperate to escape from the numbers. Always numbers. Sarah loves Adam, but can't bear the thought that every time he looks in her eyes, he can see her dying; can see her last day. It's 2029. Two years since the Chaos. Sarah and Adam are struggling to survive. She knows he always envisioned them together "'til death do us part." But will a child come between them? The child she loves. The child he saved. Little Mia was supposed to die that New Year's Day. The numbers don't lie. But somehow she changed her date. Mia's just a baby, oblivious to her special power. But ruthless people are hunting her down, determined to steal her secret. Because everyone wants to live forever.
Rachel Ward grew up in Surrey, England. She studied geography at Durham University and went on to work for several local environmental organizations while raising a family. Her debut novel, Numbers, was shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2009, and has been critically reviewed in the United States, receiving a star from School Library Journal who said “Ward’s debut novel is gritty, bold, and utterly unique.”
Rachel's advice for aspiring authors? "Write what you want to. Don't worry too much at first who you are writing for, or who might read it. Try to enjoy writing for its own sake and don't get hung up on becoming published."www.rachelwardbooks.com