Friday, September 28, 2012

Teen/YA Review: 1NF1N1TY

--> I have enjoyed each book in the paranormal thriller trilogy Num8ers by Rachel Ward (book 1 was Num8ers and book 2 was The Cha0s, and book three, 1NF1N1TY, provides an exciting and satisfying conclusion that kept me glued to the page. I will try to tell you a bit about it without giving away too much for those of you who haven’t read the first two books.

INF1N1TY deals with the third generation of Adam’s family who have special gifts. Adam sees the date of a person’s death when he looks into their eyes and feels what they will feel when they die. Sarah, Adam’s girlfriend, dreamed about the Chaos, the apocalypse that destroyed modern civilization two years ago, and drew what she saw before it happened.  She hasn’t drawn anything since.  The two of them have been living a vagabond existence with Sarah’s little brothers, and her two –year old daughter, Mia.  Mia has her own gift – she sees colored auras when she looks at a person – though she is too young to explain that to anyone.

Their little family is just struggling to survive, like thousands of other people in England, left behind in the aftermath of the Chaos.  But Adam’s and Sarah’s attempts to warn people of the coming disaster attracted attention from some dangerous people who are now hunting them.

I have loved this entire series.  The characters are realistic and likable – so much so that it is easy to suspend belief and accept their gifts.  In some ways, this is classic post-apocalyptic fiction, though their special talents add another layer of interest.  The exciting conclusion to the trilogy is fast-paced and suspenseful, keeping you guessing right until the climactic final scene.

249 pages, Chicken House (a division of Scholastic)

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