The Chaos (Numbers, Book 2)

By Rachel Ward

The curse of the NUM8ERS maintains in Rachel Ward's CHA0T1C sequel -- informed within the compelling alternating voices of runaway Sarah and hard-luck Adam.

Adam inherited his mom Jem's curse. With a vengeance. whilst he stares into someone's eyes, he doesn't simply see the date in their demise, he feels the searing, stunning discomfort of it.

Orphaned, Adam has grown up through the ocean along with his great-grandmother, Val. yet as emerging tides flood the coast, they flee to London. the town is an alien, anarchic position. most annoying of all, Adam can't support yet clock what number people's numbers are in January 2027; what number are on New Year's Day.

What chaos awaits the area? Can Adam and his broken good friend Sarah cease a disaster? Or are they, too, counted one of the "twenty-sevens"?

"Creepy and original!" -- R.L. Stine

"Engrossing and au courant." -- The L.A. Times

*Includes a sneak peek at 1NF1N1TY, the tip of the trilogy!*

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There’s braveness, throughout you. You’re powerful, you have got religious energy. You’ve been positioned right here for a cause, I swear it. ’ I take a possibility. i must recognize. ‘What approximately my quantity? ’ She frowns. ‘I don’t see numbers, son. I’m in contrast to you and your mum. ’ So she does be aware of. ‘How have you learnt approximately them? ’ ‘Your mum informed me. I knew approximately her years in the past, after which while she figured out approximately you, she rang me up. ’ without warning, I’ve bought to inform her, inform her the article I’ve been bottling up all summer season. ‘Nan – part the folks in London are going to die subsequent 12 months. I’m now not making it up. I’ve noticeable their numbers. ’ She nods. ‘I be aware of. ’ ‘You be aware of? ’ ‘Yeah, Jem advised me approximately 2027. Warned me. ’ My palms pass as much as the edges of my head. Nan knew! Mum knew! I’m shaking, yet I’m now not scared, I’m offended. How dare they preserve this from me? Why go away me by myself with it? ‘Why didn’t you inform me? Why didn’t she? ’ The anger’s fizzing via me now, in my legs and arms. I kick on the board less than the kitchen cabinets. ‘Don’t do this! ’ i need to ruin anything. I kick out back, and this time the board thunks down onto the ground. ‘Adam! cease it! ’ Nan’s on her ft now, coming in the direction of me. She makes a seize for my fingers. i attempt to shrug her off, yet she’s powerful, a lot more suitable than you’d imagine to examine her. We stand wrestling with one another for a number of seconds. Then, quickly as a flash, she we could pass certainly one of my palms and slaps me around the face. ‘Not the following! ’ she shouts. ‘Not in my condo! I won’t have it! ’ I come again to myself then, I see such things as they’re taking place to another person, a teenage boy grappling with an outdated girl in her kitchen, and that i believe the disgrace spreading via me like a blush. ‘I’m sorry, Nan,’ I say. I rub my cheek the place she bought me. I don’t be aware of the place to seem, what to do with myself. ‘Should imagine so,’ she says, and he or she turns to place the kettle on. ‘If you’ve calmed down, if you’ll pay attention, then we will be able to speak about it. ’ ‘Okay,’ I say. ‘In truth you're making the tea. i would like a fag. ’ She sits down and reaches for her packet, and her hand is shaking, a little, as she attracts a cigarette out and lighting it. while the tea’s prepared I sit contrary her. ‘Tell me, Nan,’ I say. ‘Tell me every little thing you recognize. approximately me and mom and dad. I’ve obtained a correct …’ She’s learning the desk most sensible or pretending to. She brushes somewhat of ash onto the ground, after which she seems up at me, blows an extended path of smoke out of the nook of her mouth and says, ‘Yeah, you do have a correct, and that i s’pose now’s the time. ’ and she or he tells me. bankruptcy 6: Sarah He’s attempting the door. I carry my breath. within the darkness, i will be able to listen the deal with flip, the scraping of steel on wooden because the door pushes opposed to the chair I left tipped up opposed to it. There’s a scuffling sound as He strikes the door forwards and backwards, lightly initially, then with extra strength. i will photo His face – confusion turning to anger – and that i shift up additional at the mattress, sitting upright, knees as much as my chin and that i pass either units of hands. The room falls quiet for a couple of seconds, after which He’s there back.

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