The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Numbers by Rachel Ward

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted at Freda’s Voice. The rules:

• Grab a book, any book.
• Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
• Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
• Post it.
• Add the url of your post in the Linky back at her blog.


Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Gilon at the Rose City Reader.

Here I’m going to feature the first line or sentence of a book. Because it’s fun to judge books by their opening words and according to Lemony Snicket, “a book’s first sentence can often tell you want sort of story your book contains.”



This week’s book is Numbers by Rachel Ward, the first in the Numbers trilogy.

Since her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else’s, a number pops into her head – the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together, her life takes a new twist and turn. Waiting for the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number – something terrible is going to happen.



The Beginning:

There are places where kids like me go. Sad kids, bad kids, bored kids, and lonely kids, kids that are different. Any day of the week, if you know where to look, you’ll find us: behind the shops, in back lanes, under bridges by canals and rivers, ’round garages, in sheds, on vacant lots. There are thousands of us. If you choose to find us, that is — most people don’t. If they do see us, they look away, pretend we’re not there. It’s easier that way. Don’t believe all that crap about giving everyone a chance — when they see us, they’re glad we’re not in school with their kids, disrupting their lessons, making their lives a misery. The teachers, too. Do you think they’re disappointed when we don’t turn up for registration? Give me a break. They’re laughing — they don’t want kids like us in their classrooms, and we don’t want to be there.

The 56(%):

“I think she’ll be OK, your nan.”
“Really, I don’t even know if she’s still alive.”
I turned around to face him. “Spider, I know she’ll be OK.”
“Because of her number?”
“But what if you’re not the only one to see numbers? What if someone else sees completely different ones? What if her number’s changed?”
“They don’t.” I hesitated, checking Spiders’s number again – yeah, it was still there, still the same. “They don’t change.”
“So, the date we’ll die is set from the minute we’re born. Is that what you’re saying?”


I haven’t read this one yet but it looks like something I would enjoy. What do you think? 🙂



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  1. Ooh this sounds really good! Initially reading the blurb I was a little bit hesitant because of the seeing the numbers thing, but Ward’s writing style in the teasers is really good! I think I might have to check it out! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

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