(2 reviews with an average rating of 5 out of 5)

Publisher: Chicken House

Jem avoids relationships, until she meets Spider, another outsider, and her life takes a happier turn. But on their first day out together, Jem realises something terrible - everyone in the queue has the same number – and her world is about to explode. 

As we follow Jem and Spider we become increasingly drawn into their experience, and we can imagine the impact of Jem’s dreadful discovery in the book’s final sentence.

This is the first in the Numbers trilogy from Rachel Ward, a tautly plotted teenage thriller which poses disturbing questions of ethics, free will, predestination, and societal expectation.

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