The Chaos

Author: Rachel Ward
Pages: 368
Publisher: The Chicken House
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)
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"?

My Summary: Adam is Jem's and Spider's son. When his mother dies of cancer, Val (Spider's grandmother) comes to raise him. Life would be great for Adam... if it weren't for the fact that he inherited his mother's 'gift' (more like a curse, he's sure). Adam, like his mom Jem, can see people's 'numbers' - the date of their death - when he looks into their eyes, along with feeling the pain of it.

When their home by the coast is flooded, Adam and Val are forced to move back to London, where Adam is disturbed to find that a large majority of the population all have the same number: January 1, 2027. Now, with an oppressive government blocking him at every turn, Adam must warn everyone before it's too late... but will he be able to change people's numbers, or is it all for nothing?

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book - more than the first, I think. Adam was a great character, and you can really feel his internal struggle when it comes to figuring out what he has to do and how he feels about Sarah. Sarah was a great character, too - I loved how strong she was, despite everything she's had to go through. 

I really liked how the author managed to mix dystopia with paranormal elements like Adam's gift and Sarah's visions - for some reason, it works really, really well. Ward's writing is great as well; it pulls you in and doesn't let go. I read this one all in one sitting (2am - 6am, so you know I mean it when I say I couldn't put it down despite how tired I was!).

Final Thoughts: This novel is a solid read for fans of dystopian fiction and anything paranormal, and the romance is satisfying enough for those who crave it with their fiction. I recommend it for teens over 16 (for some sexual content - nothing too descriptive, but I definitely don't recommend it for teens under 14). 

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a really good read. It reminds me of something else but as soon as I started typing it went right out my head - hate it when that happens.

    Sounds like a great read, adding to my wish list. :)

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