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Den Tod vor Augen (Numbers #2)

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Adam sees “numbers” – when he looks in peoples’ eyes he can see their death-dates, just like his mum Jem used to. Adam has trouble dealing with his awful gift, and when he realises that everyone around him has the same series of numbers, he becomes deeply afraid of what might happen in 2025.

Desperate to find out what could be about to go wrong, Adam spends hours researchin...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 2011 by Carlsen (first published June 7th 2010)
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Emily May
I thought this was a great sequel to Numbers and I have no idea why some of the reviews said it was set at a slower pace, I'd say the opposite if anything. This book had everything I loved about the first novel but with a futuristic dystopian setting.

But don't worry, the author hasn't abandoned the close relationship with the characters in favour of high-action sci-fi. No, the characters in this were at least as interesting as Jem and Spider and this time we are introduced to a second perspectiv...more
Yay! I wont this in a contest and I am so excited! I cannot wait for it to come in the mail for me to read :)


The Chaos (Numbers, #2) by Rachel Ward was an incredible book. The story line was great, and I loved the way she actively incorporated mystery, suspicion and action all into the story equally.

Adam has been born with the same genetic gift as his mother. If he looks into your eyes he can see the day that you are going to die. This has haunted him ever since he was a child. When he star...more
Maria Kramer
Adam has inherited his mother's ability to see "numbers" -- he sees the dates people will die when he looks into their eyes. When he and his grandmother move back to London, Adam knows immediately that something's about to go very wrong, very soon. Thousands of people have death dates within days of each other, most on the same day, New Year's Day 2027. Sarah has, as she puts it, a small problem that's becoming a big problem. She is pregnant, and her father is the cause. Also, she keeps having t...more
The Chaos is the sequel to Numbers, and is a much better book. The way the numbers work is explained better and the plot is more consistent. The Chaos also has the effect of making Numbers feel like a prequel. Jem is long dead in this installment, and her son’s story has a much larger scope.

It’s the year 2026, and things are a little different: climate change has led to many towns being flooded, and the government microchips people for identification and surveillance. Adam has been raised in a c...more
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In NUM8ERS we met Jem - a teen girl who by staring into a person's eyes can see their numbers. The numbers are their date of expiration or the day of their death.

Adam, is Jem's son and he was born with her same gift ,or curse, as he sees it. Adam can not only see the numbers of the person's death but he can also feel whether it'll be a painful or peaceful one. When he starts noticing that most of the people around him will perish in January 2027 and he feels that they will be horrible deaths - h...more
Tyler A
Tyler Armstrong
D Block
November 18, 2012
Book Review of The Chaos

The book I read was The Chaos by Rachel Ward. I would recommend this book to a friend because it has a great plot line and interesting characterization.
The first reason as to why I would recommend this book is that both main characters are in bad and very serious situations with their lives. This makes the book extremely interesting and makes the reader want to read more. One of the main characters, Adam, is sixteen years old and...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
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THE CHAOS picks up more than a decade after NUMBERS ended. Both Jem and Spider are dead and their son, Adam, is being raised by Spider’s grandmother. The heartbreaking ending of NUMBERS confirmed that Adam had indeed inherited his mothers morbid ability of seeing the date of a person’s death in their eyes and the burden of that ‘gift’ has taken its toll.

But Adam is not just his mother’s son. He’s every bit as angry at the world as his father was. More s...more
Just like the first book in the series Chaos left me with a myriad of emotions. The storyline I absolutely loved, the characters not so much.

The plot was thrilling, chilling and often downright terrifying. Rachel Ward pulls no punches and spares us readers nothing. The storytelling in honest, blunt, straightforward and doesn’t shy away from the dangerous scenes described in a gritty detail that makes you cringe. There’s not a dull moment in this book and often you’ll feel the need to put the bo...more
Leanne Bell
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In my review of Rachel Ward's first book, Numbers, I talked about how impressed I was with the story that she had crafted, and the raw, unflinching feel of it. Book 2, The ChaØs, continues in this same thread, but with a few twists. The ChaØs alternates POVs this time around, following Adam, Jem's son, and Sarah. Adam is similarly gifted as his mother was -- he can see the Numbers, people's death dates -- when he looks into their eyes. But he also sees more than that. He actually feels their dea...more
Rebecca C
Rebecca Cummings
Block C
November 14, 2012

I would recommend the book TH3 CHA0S by Rachel Ward to a friend because the novel is suspenseful, the conflict becomes bigger, and throughout the story the main characters change.
I believe that throughout the story the main characters feelings change toward one another. In the beginning of the book one of the protagonist’s Sarah hated a boy named Adam. She would say mean things to him like “I don’t want to see you again, bastard.”(164) As Sarah...more
As slow as the 1st part of this trilogy was, this one makes up for it. This is fast paced, interesting, full of action. Things are happening. I read it in one sitting, all 296 pages of it!
The year is 2026. Only a few months to go until Armageddon happens on New Years Day. Only nobody knows what will really happen. Adam (Jem's son) only knows the date. Sarah only has her nightmare but doesn't know what it means. She is terrified. Terrified of Adam, as he's in her dream. But why? They need to fig...more
Steffi und Kay his-and-her-books
„Als ich mein Notizbuch anschaue, scheint es, als ob mir die Tode darin entgegenschreien, brüllen, um gehört zu werden. Die Zukunft dieser Stadt liegt in meinen Händen – eine entsetzliche, schreckliche, brutale Zukunft.“
(S. 98)

Im Juni 2027 sieht Adam die Zahl zum ersten Mal: 01012028. Ein Soldat, der bei der Evakuierung der überfluteten Gebiete hilft, wird in knapp einem halben Jahr sterben. Noch am selben Tag entdeckt er weitere Menschen mit dieser Zahl. Sie alle werden auf grausam...more
“Numbers – Den Tod vor Augen” ist der zweite Teil der Numbers-Trilogie. Für die folgende Rezension setze ich Band 1 als bekannt voraus, andernfalls könnten Spoiler vorhanden sein.

Worum geht’s?

Wir schreiben das Jahr 2027. Die Menschheit hat es geschafft, dass ihre Welt von Naturkatastrophen heimgesucht wird. Weite Teile der uns bekannten Küsten sind bereits untergegangen.
Adam lebt in dieser Welt und genau wie seine Mutter sieht er die Todesdaten der Menschen, denen er in die Augen blickt. Eine Z...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: An emotional roller-coaster of fear and desperation, with a suspenseful plot that keeps you turning pages.

Opening Sentence: The knock on the door comes early in the morning, just as it’s getting light.

The Review:

Unfortunately for Adam, he learned at an early age just what the “numbers” mean. Adam has inherited his mother’s curse. He can tell when someone’s going to die by just making eye contact. After moving from the country to London, Adam realizes that something is terribly...more
After reading Rachel Ward's Numbers last year, I was eager to read more by her, especially since her future books' would be part of the same world. Sadly enough, while The Chaos is, without a doubt, an interesting and suspenseful addition, it truly didn't live up to Numbers, in my opinion.

The Chaos begins the story of Adam, the child of Jem and Spider- the main characters of Numbers. Just like his beloved mother, Adam can see the people's death dates as well as what will happen to them when he...more
Я могу час рассказывать о том, как мне не нравится первая часть этой трилогии, могу указать десяток причин и могу исписать много страниц возмущением насчет того, почему эта история так нравится людям, ведь это же не литература, а так «побаловался в ящик стола». О чем первая книга? О том, как девушка встречает парня, испытывает к нему неприязнь, которая вскоре перерастает в любовь-морковь и шуры-муры и все это на фоне побега, преследования и уникального дара видеть даты смерти людей. О чем вторая...more
I liked it. I dunno. Fun read, not too deep. I didn't take any notes.

I wish she'd done the Nelson storyline with a little more care. Like, there's overlap, of course, but I would never assume someone who can run (view spoiler). The Adam/Sarah viewpoints were neato. I liked seeing the same scenes...more
Amy Y.
The Chaos by Rachel Ward is sequel to another book I've read called Numbers. Where I left off from the book Numbers, Jem, the protagonist, gives birth to a baby boy named Adam. Adam had inherited Jem's supernatural gift; reading the dates of people's death in their eyes. Now, Adam, a teenager, realized that every person he had looked at through their eyes, all have the same number of 2025. Horrified, Adam immediately realized that everyone is going to die in the year of 2025. Now, Adam must do w...more
Charlotte Phillips
This was certainly better, in my opinion anyway, than the first book in the series because it seemed to have a lot more in the way of a plot and a story. The idea that you can see when someone is going to die is still a very mysterious and scary thing because it challenges you to think about the way in which you would have to live were this something you had to deal with. Adam is a smart but troubled kid and considering his mum was Jem and his dad spider, its not hard to tell. But you can see th...more
Miss Bookiverse
Der 16jährige Adam kann Zahlen sehen. Wenn er jemandem in die Augen blickt, sieht er dessen Todesdatum. Als wenn das nicht schon schlimm genug wäre, entdeckt er nun, dass mehr und mehr Menschen in London am gleichen Tag sterben werden: dem 1. Januar 2028, nächstes Jahr. Die gleichaltrige Sarah hat mit ganz anderen Problemen zu kämpfen. Sie bekommt ein Baby und will ihrer Familie nichts davon erzählen. Dazu kommt ein schrecklicher Alptraum, der sie plagt und in dem sie zahllose Menschen ste...more
It's rare to find a sequel as strong as its precedent. No matter how well-constructed it is, it always lacks something, this spark of freshness every original novel, a first of a series, has. When I read Numbers: The Chaos, I wasn’t expecting much of it. I wasn’t impressed with the first installment, so I knew it would be pointless to keep my hopes up. Apparently it was the right thing to do because I absolutely loved the second part of the series.

To begin with, this part is rooted in dystopic b...more
After reading the first volume of this series, I didn't see how a sequel could possibly work. Luckily, the author proved me wrong. The story isn't so much about the idea of predicting the future as it is about the difficulties in figuring out what to do if you CAN see the future.
For instance, if you were absolutely, positively convinced that something was going to happen three days from now, who could you tell? Who would believe you? And how would you differentiate yourself from the crazies, the...more
Contains Spoliers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Even more heartbreaking then the first book. I felt awful about Adam getting burned. Why did that have to happen? Now he is all scarred up and gross looking!! Wtf? Of course Sarah loves him anyway, which I think is very, very cute. I was glad that the baby got to live in the end, but why did Val have to die?? That damn bastard freak of a father should of had a worse death and gave Mia all his life. That part of the book just made me physically sick. I felt...more
Cam T
I would recommend the book The Chaos by Rachel Ward to a friend because of it’s rich plot, suspense, and variety of conflicts. Throughout The Chaos there are multiple conflicts. One is the overall conflict; the one Adam can see coming on the date of 01012027. He knows it will strike London so he decides to warn people of the upcoming danger. “The first of January. Save yourselves, your families! Get out of London!”(Pg. 250) Hoping to help people, Adam is arrested for breaking a law in the terror...more
Numbers: The Chaos is an excellent sequel. In my opinion, it’s better than the first installment in the series, Numbers, thanks to a smoother pacing, a stronger plot, and strong characters.

Adam is Jem and Spider’s son from the first novel, and now he’s a teenager living in a world that is falling apart. The seas are rising, natural disasters are happening with increasing frequency, and life in England is taking a more totalitarian bend with surveillance everywhere and human beings being chipped...more
If you are a reader that likes action, suspision, and mystery all equally balanced, The Chaos, by Rachel Ward, would be my recommendation for you.

This book is about a boy, Adam, who sees the date of death when he looks into someone's eyes. He doesn't realize this until he sees his mom, Jem's number. In order to see the number, all he has to do is look into their eyes; he not only sees them but he feels how they are going to die.

This could be considered a gift, to others it may seem as a curse....more
Genesis O
This is a book that I DID NOT waste my time on. I am very content that I got to read this book. It really pulled me in, making me want to never put it down! Everything in this book was put together nicely, I belive. Nothing was brought up and then not talked about for the rest of the book. Every event had it's own part it had to play. Adam and Sarah's relationship had ups and downs, of course, but it all made sense why. I also really liked the amount of detail in this book. ***spoiler alert*** L...more
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