London is the last place that Adam wants to go. And it’s not just because he’s extremely attached to his home that reminds him so much of his mother, but because of the numbers he sees. Adam inherited his mother’s ability to see a person’s death date by looking into their eyes. Lately he’s been seeing the same numbers, 01012027.
New Year's Day, this upcoming year, is going to claim lives in London. At the same time, Adam is struggling with this strange girl he meets, named Sarah who has some pre-registered fear and hatred towards him that he can’t understand. Adam’s Nan wants him to change the future, change the numbers, but how is he supposed to evacuate an entire city from the unknown disaster? He doesn’t know why Sarah is involved or even if it’s possible to save everyone, but he does know that with every passing day, the chaos of 2027 is drawing nearer.
The Chaos is the second novel in the Num8ers trilogy and It follows the story of book one’s central character’s son (I read The Chaos without reading the first book, and it made sense, but I would suggest reading Num8ers first). This book can be placed in a category along with movies such as The Knowing, being an apocalyptic mystery and thriller.
When I first checked out this book online, it was receiving a lot of mixed reviews, and I’ve decided that this is because the reader either likes the outlandish aspect of seeing the numbers predicting the apocalypse or prefers something more realistic. I personally enjoyed the storyline, as Rachel Ward does an amazing job with molding her characters personalities with a mirroring setting . After reading a few chapters to get used to the futuristic world she has created, the novel gets a lot more intriguing.