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4.84  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  19 reviews
There are only two kinds of people left on the earth: Donors and Recipients.

Sixteen-year-old Aston Vazeto hates the idea of selling her blood for money and is determined to be the first Donor in New World history to never donate.

But after a suspicious accident at her father's power plant leaves her family diving deeper into poverty, Aston has no other choice except to ente
Published May 5th 2020 by Immortal Works Press
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ISM Stephensbailey
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blood Numbers is an excellent story written with master-like language by author, Cary Kreitzer. This is a spoiler free review. The main character is a girl named Aston who’s blood could earn her big money. However, she seems to be the only who sees the corruption in the process and she seeks to become that first Donor to make a living without donating.

I break my stories down into five categories and grade each out 20%. Then whatever the sum is will decide the amount of stars it receives. The fiv
Melissa Hansen
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is prophetic. A post-pandemic world where people give blood for their antibodies feels very believable right now. Healthy blood becomes a commodity that only the wealthy can afford, creating stark inequalities. This is the not-so-distant future! Kreitzer has a strong voice and powerful prose—at times I stopped to re-read passages just to enjoy them again. I connected with Aston, the main character, and felt her struggle as she fought against the injustices of her world and the expectat ...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, dystopian
I think the cover of this book, though simplistic is still eye catching. The large droplet of blood appearing very bold within the background of grey. As in this society everything about you, your life and your future depend on your blood. It fits the book perfectly. With a title like Blood Number I suppose you would naturally assume that this is a vampire book, but it isn’t, though blood still is a type of “currency”. The cover did attract my attention and then the blurb certainly made me want ...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Imagine living in a world where there were only two kinds of people, Donors and Recipients. Donors are people who are paid for their blood; the higher their blood numbers are the more they are paid. Donors receive credit for their blood and these credits are how they survive and pay for things.

Sixteen-year-old Aston’s family has been donating blood for many generations but Aston has decided that she is going to be the only person in history to not donate. When her family finds out they are sorel
Amy Carpenter
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Futuristic dystopian meets Pride and Prejudice.

Aston lives in a world divided into two groups of people--the poor who donate their blood for money and the wealthy who use the blood to survive. She's determined to make money elsewhere but finally breaks when her crazy high numbers can save her family from impoverishment. That's when she meets Marcus, not the high numbered match, but the boy who steals her heart and makes her determined to find a way to fight the system.

Blood Numbers is full of t
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A frightening look at the results of a virus that divides people into Donors and Recipients separated by penalty of death. A world separated by illness and cure. A world where Donors are drugged by Recipients so the Donors keep donating. A world when a Donor's name is only a number and their blood is auctioned off to the highest Recipient bidder.  

Aston hates the idea of donating her blood for money, but when an accident happens at her father's power plant, she realizes if she doesn't donate, he
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Dystopian future. Rebellious heroine. Love triangle. Sounds like a YA book to me!

Aston has always been a bit of a rebel, but her identity is challenged and refined as she searches for her place in a divided society. Her journey is filled with frustration and unease, secrets and sacrifice, lost friendship and first love.

I was immediately drawn into the story and connected with Aston. I liked that the reader always knew what was going on inside her mind, what was motivating her choices. The descri
Karin Biggs
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect read for fans of Hunger Games with a future dystopic society, a romantic plot, a rebellion and even a fancy ball! I admit, I wasn't sure where the story was headed at the beginning and things felt a bit slow-moving to me - I've never been a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice and there are definitely themes of it throughout the beginning. Aston, the MC does a whole lot of contemplating and there's a boy who she's literally always bumping into...sounded a bit too convenient to me ...more
Joshua Kreitzer
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Reading this book was a wonderful experience. The plot is exceptional, the characters believable and well-crafted, the pacing impeccable, and the climax surprising and satisfying. I love the author's ability to create an exciting teenage romance within the depressing setting of a realistic dystopia. Beyond the excellent story are important and timely asides into the power of money and technology, the ties of family and friend, and the importance, above all, of individual freedom and self-de ...more
Ro Givens
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A post-biological warfare, dystopian world with an interesting class system that has inklings of the Hunger Games, The Giver, and Matched, but with its own unique premise. Kreitzer does a great job of making you want more. This book also comes at a perfect time: when the whole world is thinking about disease, antibodies, and the economic systems that affect health and our ability to provide for ourselves. For readers who like a teen romance with steady sci-fi world building.
Sarah Coleman
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story very much so. It had a well-thought out premise with plenty of extremely interesting characters. The main character was increasingly fascinating and I never found myself wanting to quit reading the story. I finished it all rather quickly and would definitely recommend this book to others wanting to try this author out.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Elizabeth McDaniel
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As Aston reaches the age to have her blood tested to become a blood donor she tries to think of a way out but the tester comes early. She meets Gannet who takes her blood and Marcus who she thinks gives too much blood. But both have secrets. She can’t decide which one she really loves and this interesting and intriguing story takes them all on an exciting adventure full of danger and lies.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Pete Fanning
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not something I would normally read but I'm so glad I did. Aston, the main character is so well crafted and I was drawn in from the start. A fascinating tale of dystopian society, this was eerily relevant and all too believable. I couldn't put it down! ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blood Numbers is great! Aston has a great voice. This book presents a dark dystopia, but in hopeful, rebellious eyes; I really enjoyed the contrast. Kreitzer has a great semse for detail, and voice. Highly recommended!
Stephenie Peterson
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Dystopian future meets Jane Austen romance? Yes, please! Kreitzer has a way with character. I was pulled into Aston's story, which was full of twists and turns. I am so glad I had the chance to read this! ...more
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So beautifully written! Love the way this writer can describe feelings so poignantly. I found myself swept up in this world, hoping for Ashton to figure it all out! She’s a strong, smart protagonist—not wishy washy, annoying—but she’s got heart and drive and is still flawed. Love this new, interesting world. I could feel myself there. Original. Super sweet first love stuff! Read it!!!
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well written dystopian novel. Right up there with Hunger Games and Divergent. I couldn't put it down. Loved the Pride and Prejudice references. ...more
Rose Hadfield
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! Kreitzer created a terrifyingly believable world where blood is power and if you have valuable blood that you sell, your set, and guaranteed money. But if you have low numbers, then you are destined to poverty. So when the main character, Aston, found out that she has the highest blood number in history, she shocks everyone when she at refuses to donate and buy into the system. But After lives are lost because of her decision, she is forced to donate. During this all, Aston meets a poor, s ...more
J.A. Curtis
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This futuristic story has a great and relatable protagonist and awesome connections to past. The secondary characters are well developed and the whole premise draws you into the story. The harsh world and moral questions that Aston faces feel real and complex. The choices that they make always come with a cost. The love triangle with Marcus, another donor who feels more alive to Aston than anyone she's ever met, and Gannet, a kind but drugged donor technician, was meaningful to the story instead ...more
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C.F. Kreitzer is a crossing guard turned novelist in Vineyard, Utah where she lives with her husband and five children. She loves stories of angsty teens because she still identifies as one. When she isn't writing she's hiking with her family, reading, or binge watching Netflix originals. ...more

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