What if you could see a person’s death reflected in their eyes?


I think I would be a lot more messed up than Jem.

Since the day her mother died, Jem has known about the numbers.

Numbers that pop into her head when she looks into someone’s eyes.  They’re dates, the numbers.  Dates predicting death.

Burdened by such grim knowledge, Jem avoids relationships.  Until she hooks up with Spider and decides to take a chance.  But on a date to London, Jem forsees a chilling chain of events.  The city’s a target.  The clock’s running out.  The countdown is on to a blowup, and her world is about to explode!

This book was pretty good.  More of a 3/5 than the 4/5 that it has been touted on all the blogs as being. The book begins with a tiny backstory of Jem and her heroine addicted mother.  Jem has always been able to see the numbers reflected in people’s eyes, but she hasn’t always known what they mean.  It isn’t until she discovers her mother’s body in their bedroom on the day that she has seen in her mother’s eyes for years that she finally puts two-and-two together.   Now in foster care, we meet her in London as a very angry, antisocial teen who refuses to look people in the eyes.  She also refuses to let people get close to her.  After all, what is the sense of getting emotionally attached when you know that the person is going to be gone in a year? Why bother?

However, her very tall, energetic friend Spider doesn’t let her get away with this once they become mates (that’s slang for friends).  He gets under Jem’s skin and even manages to get her to agree to a date around London.  At the London Eye, Jem discovers that the people around them all have one thing in common.  The date of their death…and that date is today.  This causes a chain of events that forces Jem and Spider on the run, and forces Jem to open up and begin to trust other people.

For a thriller novel it’s alright.  As long as you can manage to get past Jem’s tough, superficial crust and into the girl who emerges in the last half of the book, you’ll like it.  Although I will admit to feeling a little lost when all of a sudden the tough, “I don’t need anyone” girl turns into a whining, weak city girl while they are on the run from the cops.  Although I have read reviews that state that this made Jem more believable.  True… but not within the short time frame that is given.  She’s been living with her anti-social self for 15 years, which means that she knows how to take care of herself.  However, after being put on Britain’s most wanted list, she suddenly gives up almost all the decision making responsibilities to Spider and cries about how her ankles hurt after 6 minutes of walking on gravel.  Her reason?  Because it isn’t concrete…

Nope, doesn’t fly with me.

But I love how the ending leads up to the second book.  That definitely deserves props. I’m hoping that Chaos lives up to its reputation!

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