Numbers: Book 1

By Rachel Ward

Starred via PW and SLJ! Now in paperback, Rachel Ward's gripping debut psycho-thriller that pairs futuristic sci-fi with a young, touchingly true love tale. incorporates a teaser to the sequel!

Ever because the day her mom died, Jem has recognized in regards to the numbers. Numbers that pop into her head while she seems into a persons' eyes. they're dates, the numbers. Dates predicting with brute accuracy every one person's demise. confused by way of such terrible wisdom, Jem avoids relationships. until eventually she meets Spider, one other outsider, and takes an opportunity. perhaps they could locate happiness jointly, if in basic terms within the short time that continues to be sooner than his expiration date. yet on a visit to London, Jem foresees a chilling chain of occasions: The city's a goal. The clock's operating out. The countdown is directly to a blowup!

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The panorama round me used to be altering because the mild started to cross. faded constructions clung to the hillsides to left and correct. Streetlights have been popping on, giving the stone an orange glow, choosing the form of the city’s palms achieving out into the fields. quickly there have been structures final in on each side. i used to be virtually in tub. this present day, i needed the sunshine to stick. I didn’t are looking to be by myself at nighttime. I by no means was afraid of something — figuring that lifestyles had already thrown concerning the worst it had at me by the point i used to be six — however the previous couple of months had shaken all that up, the previous couple of days, specifically. All i wished now used to be to discover someplace secure to mattress down for the evening, to curve up and sleep. i needed to change off, clean out the area for some time. A deep relax swept via me. Is that what my mum used to be doing while she used to be stoning up? Escaping for a couple of hours? was once all of it an excessive amount of for her? taking care of a child on her personal? dwelling in a grotty flat? permit down time after time? I’d by no means understood it ahead of. Why she’d do this. yet i used to be commencing to see how appealing a little bit oblivion should be — it used to be simply that I didn’t are looking to locate it the best way she had…. there has been anything unusual approximately this position. the place I come from, canals are soiled locations, operating alongside the backs of warehouses and factories. This was once diverse. It used to be edged with white-painted steel gates and fancy bridges, with carvings within the stone. quickly the trail left the canal and ended in a highway. i used to be truly on a hill — bizarre while you’ve been strolling on point floor all day. the line went up and right down to the left and correct of me, whereas the canal carried on flat, beneath it, at the different aspect. I crossed over and peered over the stone bridge. Couldn’t see very much now, yet can make out the shapes of boats tied up. unsure there’d be wherever to kip down alongside there. I’d be if i'll discover a park, or the ground of someone’s yard. I trigger up the line after which became into a quieter one. It used to be like anything off the television, a film set, with a cobbled pavement and tall homes. It was once the time of day while humans had their lighting fixtures on yet hadn’t but drawn their curtains. each moment or 3rd entrance window was once like a bit television display, vibrant within the collecting gloom, drawing your eye in. humans on their desktops or gazing the small screen television, a few sitting studying. Made me believe lonely, seeing a picture of alternative people’s lives. They have been hot, safe; there have been cooking smells wafting out, quickly be dinnertime; that they had humans, they belonged. I made myself movement on — no strong pondering what people had. i wished to discover someplace to sleep. at the different facet of the line, the homes stopped. A fence ran alongside the sting of a box. i began trying to find a spot to get via; didn’t fancy getting stuck up on extra barbed cord. i used to be so drained, I felt like i used to be in a daze. A breeze whipped up, its icy area slicing via my outfits. i wished to discover someplace to preserve otherwise be came upon frozen sturdy within the morning. I crossed the line to persist with the road of the fence.

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