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Numbers Game

(Numbers Game #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,497 ratings  ·  224 reviews
Treena is nervous for Rating Day. A single number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. Her top-Rated boyfriend is confident their scores will coincide so they can attend the academy together. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone.

To get her life and boyfriend back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy
Kindle Edition, 470 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Diamond Patch Press (first published March 1st 2015)
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Rebecca Rode Hi, Laura! I just announced the sequel this week. Numbers Ignite will be released in January. In the meantime, a short story called Chan's Story comes…moreHi, Laura! I just announced the sequel this week. Numbers Ignite will be released in January. In the meantime, a short story called Chan's Story comes out next week in the kindle store. It introduces a character who shows up later. I hope you enjoy it!(less)

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Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


I've been a lover of dystopians for quite awhile. In fact, it used to be my favorite genre. So, I was quick to pick this one up. This book has the gist of most dystopians, but it has a very interesting plot and twists amok!

In this society everyone is given a rating based on how they fit in with the society. The higher it is the better. Each n
Katie W
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story started out a little slow for me, as I was trying to figure out what was going on and who was who. Once everything clicked, I was completely wrapped up in the story. I will say this--the chapters go back and forth between two characters, Treena and Vance. Not every chapter alternates (sometimes one character will take a couple of chapters in a row) and for awhile, it took me a page or two to figure out who was speaking. And then I noticed that at the beginning of each chapter, there i ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author, Rebecca Rode, and Olivia (review chain) for gifting me with a copy of Numbers Game in exchange for an honest review!

This was such an enjoyable read for me.  Quite honestly, I couldn't put it down and I read the night away just so I could see what happened.  So yes, generally speaking, I enjoyed this a fair amount!

1.  The plot.  This is what mostly kept me reading.  There's just so much to think about and so many moving pieces and you want to see where they fall in the en
This book felt like a knock off version of the hunger games in a way. The writing was ok, but I never really cared for a single character introduced. I also found the plot to be slow moving. I was finally starting to get somewhat interested in the story, and bam, it ends on a cliffhanger. Also, I think this book was a bit too YA for me. It had a very juvenile feel to it throughout. It never at any point felt like a romance for me either.
I may try out book 2 since its offered as a kindleunlimite
This was just okay for me. I've been a dystopian mood lately and this one caught my eye. I liked the idea for the story, but felt it could have been developed a little better. The timing was off for me, it all takes place in about two weeks and felt rushed. I think it would have been a better story if things were slowed down a bit and characters were given time to develop. The romance was unbelievable. I mean, the book starts with her being in love with one guy and a couple days later she loves ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Treena's character and am rooting for her! She's not an unrealistic comando-teen, but a girl caught in a society's caste system that deep inside her she knows is wrong, and now she has to change it for herself and maybe everyone else. I enjoyed the characters and world built for this novel. Can't wait for the second book. ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok

So here I am, yet again, reading YA dystopia even though I haven't truly liked very many of them since THG.


So many things about this were just plain dumb. This is a society in which people are judged based on what seems to be mostly their looks and their willingness to conform. There is a rating day during which all the graduate students age 17 or so are given a number. That number determines their place in society. A green number would indicate an almost perfect person.
David Rose
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf, ya, series, dystopia
I picked this up because I'd read Flicker, which was very good.
This was disappointing. The writing is juvenile, the plot is forced, the main characters feel artificial, with the possible exceptions of Vance and Tali. The combat / action scenes are clunky and unrealistic. The world offers an interesting concept but with no real effort at deeper development. The romance is good (except for the appalling Dresden) and there are some more believable relationships among and with some of the minor play
3.5 Stars

Full review to come!
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Check out this and more review on my blog by clicking here: Meet Your Favorite book

This book was excellent! I wasn't quite sure what to expect, not being familiar with the author, and not knowing much about the book. Needless to say, I was super impressed! I'm dying to read the sequel!

Although there was a bit of a love triangle included in the story, I was happy with how the author incorporated it. Although she did have the all too common, two completely opposite love interests, the main charac
Joey De La Torre
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This book follows every stereotype of a typical YA dystopian novel, from the class based society that determines people's roles, to the oh-so convenient romances and the completely irrational decisions they make.

And yet somehow this book still managed to entertain me. That's partially due to my own expectations. I went into this book not expecting anything extravagant, just looking for a typical YA novel to help stimulate the itch after taking a brief hiatus from the genre. That's exactly what I
Sally Johnson
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually a fan of YA Dystopian, but I LOVED this book. It kept me reading until I finished the whole thing in one sitting. Glad there is a sequel! ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was definitely an interesting start to the series. I love dystopian books and this was no exception. The ending was definitely not expected and I can't wait to read book 2 to see what happens next. ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is basically a steam load of dung.

No explanation for certain things we are just left to wonder. For example nutrition pills are all these people eat but they do no explaining on how it might work? What goes in these polls of life? I want to know.
Why is everyone dying their hair blonde even minorities I think? Is this just racism rearing its ugly head? Who decided on blonde lol?

The only reason why I might finish this series is because 1 I have them all so might as well, 2 Treena is supp
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dystopian lovers, I'm not going to give any spoilers. Just pick up the book. You're gonna love it. ...more
Daniela Zekotic
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
The idea behind this whole book got me really hyped up to read it. A society where everyone gets rated and basically told by the "higher people" if they are worth anything or not sounds quite familiar, right?
I started this book with much hope, but quickly founds myself drifting off while reading. The story went way too quick, it felt like the author rushed the whole plot. I also missed the whole part about how this whole "Rating Game" started. Why was there a war beforehand? How did they manage
Numbers Game is an exciting, fast-paced and action-packed dystopian. That right there is enough, right? Oh, you mean you want more? Ok.
The world in Numbers Game is very controlling. Each citizen is rated based on their “worth” to society. They are given a number and a color – green, yellow, and red (where green means a valuable citizen while red means the person is practically useless). Also, no one in society eats. WHAT? They take nutrition tablets instead, and those who are found to be eating
Caroline Greyling
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
Treena is a model citizen of NORA. She’s spent her whole life following the rules to get the highest possible rating because in NORA, your entire future depends on the number assigned to you on rating day.

When the much anticipated rating day arrives though, Treena, and everyone who knows her, are shocked at the number she receives. She’s determined that her number is wrong and when the leader of the land offers her a way to redeem herself, Treena jumps at the chance, even though it means puttin
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, kindle-books
What a pleasant surprise! Once you've read enough dystopian books, most of them seem to be the same thing over and over again. This one was not. I'd recommend Numbers Game to readers of YA, who love dystopian and need one that's different from all the rest. I actually liked this much better than some of the popular dystopian series. The writing was good. It flowed well and the author certainly has talent. I'm surprised this book has so few reviews!

Sure, it does follow the typical story line. Gi
Dee/ bookworm
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-favorites
Treena is nervous for Rating Day. A single number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. Her top-Rated boyfriend is confident their scores will coincide so they can attend the academy together. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone.

To get her life and boyfriend back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted p
Sophie Martin
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story was one of many twists and turns. It is a fast paced dystopian novel that had many unique aspects. Part of it is just your usual futuristic plot but it had its own little quirks that made it worth the read. It was a very good book that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. As soon as I thought there would finally be a solution, some twist would occur, and the store continues, leaving the reader with even more questions than before. Considering it was a pretty long book and it ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Numbers Game.
You can tell it is written by a less-experienced author -- it is almost textbook formulaic -- but it was still a well written and fun story to read.

The concept is very interesting: everyone has a number embedded in their foreheads that determines the types of jobs you can get, and the way you are treated.
The higher the number, the more respect you get.

Our heroine, Treena, is worried about her number, because she's a good-girl high-achiever.
Her boyfriend, Dresden, wh
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

Treena lives in a very controlled dystopic society....its all about following rules and getting rated...there are reds, yellows, and greens....well when her day comes...everything goes wrong and she is given a very low rating and is in the red...she can not be with her boyfriend...she is a pariah in society..and a mystery unfolds....having an accidental run in with their leader, she makes a deal for a secret mission to ra
Katelyn McDougle
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! It captivated me from page one, and kept me wanting more, even at the end! It's got the deepness of The Giver, with the excitement of the Uglies series, or the Hunger Games. It has romance, but it's not just another love story, it really digs deep into this superficial life we lead. I would recommend this to anyone, literally anyone, even people who don't like reading, that's how good it is. It's written in a simple enough form, that anyone would be able to read it, (switc ...more
Caitlin Rhodes
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
just finished this book this morning. now I'm sad :( it was suck a great book definitely looking forward to the next one hope it will be soon.

if you like divergant, legend, or hinder games this is a good book for you
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I felt like the only good part was the middle and the very end - the cliffhanger.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Was I bad reader or was this poorly edited?: The Question I often ask myself
Beth Martin
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
This review also appears on my website.

Treena is a plucky 16-year-old girl who must overturn the corrupt society in a dystopian world. Already, you can tell my distaste for all the tropes in this novel, yet I was completely unable to set it down.

On rating day, every person is assigned a number according to their actions and appearances. Good, pretty people get high numbers which literally glow green on their forehead. Average citizens get mediocre yellow numbers. And then there's the serial kill
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars out of 5
This was an interesting story and with society giving us numbers and passwords for everything these days it is not that much of a stretch having a number that defines who you are in the future. I would have preferred a wrist implant rather than it being implanted in your head but the idea was definitely original. The story starts out innocently enough with students awaiting their test scores until the "perfect life" Treena had worked and dreamed of started unraveling. The chara
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This YA novel is falls into the post apocalyptic Hunger Games/Divergent genre, but doesn't break any new ground. The protagonist, Treena, is a 16 year old girl who has to deal with the consequences of receiving her number, which determines your future social structure (kind of Divergent-like), and Vance who is a soldier in a strike force working for the government. The pacing moves along quickly, and switches perspective generally every chapter between Treena and Vance (kind of like the YA movie ...more
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