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The Chaos

(Num8ers #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  7,010 ratings  ·  614 reviews
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
Paperback, 345 pages
Published June 7th 2010 by Chicken House
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Joseph M. I read Numbers when I was 12 and a year and a half later I picked up The Chaos. I highly recommend reading this. (Seriously this was so so good)

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Emily May
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2011, sci-fi
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
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-german
I enjoyed the second half a lot more than the first.
What annoyed me throughout was how unnecessarily rude Adam was to his grandma at times and how naive Sarah seemed to be (at least in the beginning, but maybe that was due to her whole situation?).
Overall a solid read, although it took me a while to get used to the writing style.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Adam Wilde has inherited his mother Jem's ability to see "numbers" - the dates people will die - when he looks into their eyes. Adam is very scared because many people, especially in London, have death dates in the first few days of 2027. Sarah Parker has a recurring nightmare of her baby being taken from her and carried into an inferno, and when she meets Adam in school, she is horrified to realize he is the person from her dream. Adam is smitten with her, but feels compelled to warn Londoners ...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
Tyler A
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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 an
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour
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
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
Rebecca C
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
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
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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
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I think I actually enjoyed this one more than the first book. Whilst the first was an almost four star book (I rounded it up as it was so close) this one was a full four star book.

For me, the pace was so much better than in the first one. With so much having been explained in the first book this one was able to flow at a much better pace, rather than things needing to be explained and the pace dipping somewhat.

Plus, with new characters we have a whole new storyline to fall in love with.
Kirsty Noah-whitlock
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed reading this. Quite fast paced. Straight onto Numbers 3 it is :) xx
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: zis-2017-reads
i liked it a whole lot more than the first installment, but dang it girl, the law ALWAYS SIDES WITH THE CHILD FIRST. she should've gone to the police.

other than that it was great.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, own-e-books
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Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dl

Review to come :)
Kara Moore
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2014
For the second book of the series, this was my favorite one. I loved it!!!!
Sara Baptista
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I was expecting a generic YA. But it isn't. Read it and then we talk.
Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
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
Charlotte Phillips
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Samrat by: Raina
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
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
Tim Su
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Numbers 2: The Chaos by Rachel Ward

After I finished “Numbers 2” by Rachel Ward, my mind was a complete mess. I like how a lot of things are happening at the same time, but sometimes it’s hard to wrap my mind on what is going on.

The tone and plot of the story let the readers know that there is a lot going on in this story. Numbers 2 by Rachel Ward has a way of describing the real world society, the side where it’s messed up. This makes me think because not a lot of people has encountered this “
Why I read this: I read the first book and figured that I'd give the second book a chance.

Plot: Adam is the son of Jem, a young woman who we met in the first novel Numbers. He must figure out what is going to happen in January of 2027 since that is the deathdate he sees over many of the people living in London.

Sarah has been dreaming about Adam since her father got her pregnant. In her dream, Adam steals her baby away and jumps through a fire. When she meets him in the flesh, she panics. Why has
Jun 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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