Treena is nervous for Rating Day. A single number will brand her forever - a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. Her top-Rated boyfriend is confident their scores will coincide so they can attend the academy together. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone.
To get her life and boyfriend back, she 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 beautiful brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation's future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers - and the terrible war that rages within her heart.
©2015 Rebecca Rode (P)2015 Rebecca Rode
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!
This book follows the current popular theme: Future dystopian world, totalitarian government, female main character, male crush...
There were a lot of parallels to Divergent with a hint of Hunger Games or the Matched series.
I thought that the whole book was very well written, thrilling, and all-around hard to put down. Definitely a winner that will hopefully follow in the footsteps of some of the more popular titles in this genre.
The book opens with Treena, the main character, preparing for her rating day. In this futuristic world, citizens receive ratings based on grades, how useful they are to society, and how well they adhere to strict social rules. Treena is expected by her peers to receive a top rating, allowing her to go on and do great things in the government and society. When the ceremony ends in her receiving the lowest rating in her class, and one of the lowest ratings that society can give, she is both devastated and confused. How could her rating have been so low? When she is offered a chance at reconsideration if she undertakes a mission that immerses her into a world of danger, she begins to discover things she never knew about the society she has spent her entire life trying to live up to. Why has their government really been suppressing and imprisoning those living in small villages on the outskirts of their society? Why did she really receive such a low rating? Was she part of some greater plot by her government?
In the very beginning (the first hour or so) I wasn't that impressed. However, as the story continued, I found my self more and more drawn in by the characters.
Narration was very well done as well. The narrator was perfect for the main character.
If you liked Divergent, Hunger Games, Matched, or some of the other similar books in this genre, then you will like Numbers Game.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
This is the type of book I will listen to more than once and still enjoy. The book is "clean" without obscenities and sex scenes. While similar to Hunger Games or Divergent, Numbers Game holds its own with a story line that kept me listening without getting bored.
When Trina meets her father.
I have not listened to any other of Stacey Glemboski's other performances, but I did like her work and would listen to others.
I think the part that really moved me was when Trina gets her number and the feelings she went through.
I've listened to hundreds of books, and read thousands more. At the age of 54, I tend to like the YA books because they are usually more creative. Unfortunately, many are starting to use excessive profanity and obscenities, along with sex scenes that put me off. This book was refreshingly clear of those things and, therefore so much more enjoyable.
I feel like a lot of the YA are so similar. Almost all YA I have read have the same format. Two men that the heroine has to chose between and in one way or another is herione is the savior of the people. Well written, good but not great.
I read this book when it first came out, but I just finished re-reading it through Audible. The narrator did such a fantastic job bringing the story to life! I was worried it would be weird having a female narrator for the male first-person chapters, but she did an awesome job.
I love this book. Treena and Vance areboth strong, kick-butt characters, and NORA and the ratings system is fascinating. I was on the edge of my seat more than once! Perfect for people who enjoyed The Hunger Games or Divergent. Can't wait for the sequel!
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites with some Romance thrown in for fun.
The Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode hooked me from the start. I had trouble falling asleep because I kept wanting to listen to one more chapter. I had to re-listen to several chapters the next day because I kept dosing off, though that wasn't a problem because the book was captivating and worth a second listen.
Treena's growth throughout the book is well done, though a bit fast time-wise. She goes from living a relatively sheltered, well organized life to being thrown into the unfairness and cruelty experienced by most of the population.
Stacey Glemboski did a good job narrating the book and she did a great job in keeping my interest. There were a few places where I wish she was a little more consistent with the voice and personality of Vance, but it did not detract from the story.
Hopefully these dystopia/post apocalyptic books will smack some sense into the human race. It would be a wonderful world if we were all treated as equals.
This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
Yes I would...this is the kind of story that got me addicted to audible in the first place...Dystopic YA with a great storyline and a bit of romance!
When Treena finds her real dad, quite by accident...and when Treena also finds out her step dad signed away her empire..ooooh that ticked me off!
I dont think so....but I would...and I am going to in book 2!
Yes it was!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
Treena lives in a very controp dystopic society....its all about following following rules and getting rated...there are reds, yellows, and greens....well when her day comes...everything goes wrong and she is given a very low rating and is in the red...she can not be with her boyfriend...she is a pariah in society..and a mystery unfolds....having an accidental run in with there leader, she makes a deal for a secret mission to raise her rank...but unbeknownst to her it is all a ruse..and she is in more danger than ever...she meets a new boy Vance and her heart is now conflicted...she finds her real father...and learns some painful truths...and a war ensues and she almost dies...she wakes up from a coma and learns not only has her rulership been taken from her, but she may never get to see Vance again!
BOOK 2 ASAP...LOVED THIS!!!
I found myself listening to this book whenever I could. I love the dystopian setting, and the plot kept me guessing all the way through. I can't wait to find out what happens next!
this was a fabulous book! listened to it twice it was so good! it reminded me of divergent or legend! it was written well and the authors skill competes with some of my favorites! I would and did recommend it to others! my 12 year old is listening to it now and is addicted! she would rather listen than watch tv or play video games! her and I have listened to lots of books in the car and this is the first one she has locked herself in her room to get more!!
narration was great!
well worth the money and time!! I might have to listen again in a month or so!
This was an excellent listen Hope there are many more books. On the Divergent line. If you liked Hunger Games, Divergent, or even Sci Fi books than this is well worth the credit.
The narrator did a good job distinguishing between the charactors Cannot wait until book two is here. I will certainly buy it.
This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode is a compelling story that is reminiscent of the classic The Handmaid's Tale with its "new world order" destined to fail because citizens are not given certain basic freedoms. At the same this book reminds me a little of Divergent due to everyone being associated with their factions (rankings), high school graduates being taken from their families almost immediately after being ranked (choosing a faction), and corruption parading around under the guise of protection.
Numbers Game is told from two perspectives in alternating chapters. First is Treena, who is super smart, beautiful, and consistently ranked at the top of her class on tests and evaluations - think stereotypical homecoming queen. All she wants to do is graduate and attend the academy with her similarly top ranked boyfriend. However, when her final ranking is revealed at graduation, she receives the lowest number in school history that is also lower than a known serial killer. The majority of the story is devoted to Treena's attempt to get her old life back.
The second point of view is Vance, who is a mysterious soldier with a haunted past. Vance's story is revealed sporadically throughout the book after Treena is placed on Vance's "swat" team and is the only girl. Vance is much smarter than his number reflects and he possesses great moral character. He quickly realizes that someone is trying to kill Treena by the end of her first week with the team.
What I loved most about this book is Treena's maturation over the course of the story. By the end Treena realizes how superficial her whole life has been up until then and decides to put an end to the oppressive and corrupted caste system.
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Stacey Glemboski. Her narration was superb with great intonation and pace. Her portrayal of every character was very believable, in particular, Treena and Vance.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and look forward to the next book in the saga. I received a copy of this audio from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
Reminiscent of hunger games and divergent etc but still unique enough to be a great book!
There were some twists and a lot seemed predictable to me but I still really enjoyed it.
Well paced and good narration.
Pretty sure I missed some bits so I'm interested to listen again and hear the next in the series!
Great for teens and adults alike.
Many of the characters were good but Treena stood out, the way she developed throughout the book really keeps the reader engaged and interested. Journey and growth!
Vance was an excellent male companion for Treena.
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"interesting dystopian with a great plot & twists"
Very good narration. It kept the pace of the book and Treena and Vance come across well as we see things from their points of view.
Treena. She starts as a character that simply believes in the good of her society, she wants to fit in, she's a nice person. Then she starts to develop as she tries to increase her ranking in society and she evolves, becomes wiser, determined to get what she wants. She is really good lead character. Saying that I thought Vance was pretty cool as well.
She paces the book well and is very easy to listen too which means it's even easier to get drawn into the world and into this very good book.
I don't like to spoil books so instead of answering this I'd say that the book has a great premise, is an engaging world, a failed utopia and the main characters are excellent. Treena's character is not an unrealistic ninja-teen, but a girl caught in a society's hierarchical system that she thinks she believes in but deep inside her she knows is wrong, and this book takes us on her journey because after what she realises she knows that she has to change it for herself and maybe everyone else will be better off as well.
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