Low Language, Low Romance, Moderate Violence

Numbers Game

Confession: I am not a fan of when a book jumps from one person’s point of view to the next. I do know that sometimes it’s necessary. In The Numbers Game Series by Rebecca Rode for instance it was important to help you understand Treena and Vance’s completely opposite points of view and upbringing.


“Treena’s as ready for Rating Day as anyone can be–she’s a top contender in Level Three school and has a highly-rated boyfriend. But when her number is announced, it shocks everyone. To get her life and boyfriend back, Treena must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and gorgeous brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future.”

I liked the book overall, but found it lacking in character and relationship development. Treena and Vance go from not knowing who the other is to all of a sudden, boom, they are in love. I was left wanting a little more detail of their personal thoughts and feelings as they grew to like and then love each other.

On the flip side if I can skip almost a whole chapter and still know what’s going on and not feel as though I missed anything there is either a)too much detail or b) its too predictable. Predictable and detailed aren’t necessarily bad things but when you have detail lacking in one area (the relationship development) and an over abundance in another (fight scenes) it leaves me wishing we could have found a happy medium between the two.

I enjoyed the story line and it definitely had a good plot to it. I just wish there had been more detail to the characters and a bit more background for some of the random but fun plot twis. –A.B.

* an occasional mention of a higher deity or “praying” to a god out there

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