Thursday, June 4, 2015

REVIEW: Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode

Numbers Game (Numbers Game #1)
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.

I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I've been a lover of dystopians for quite awhile. In fact, it used to be my favorite genre. So, I was quick to pick this one up. This book has the gist of most dystopians, but it has a very interesting plot and twists amok!

In this society everyone is given a rating based on how they fit in with the society. The higher it is the better. Each number has a color as well: green is high, yellow is in the middle, and red is the worst. Treena has been preparing for Rating Day all her life. so she's shocked when her rating is horrible. Wanting to get her rating changed, Treena ends up being signed into a military group that looks for smugglers. There's a spy in the group and Treena has to spot them in 2 weeks, then she may be able to up her rating. But along with Vance, a soldier in her group with a dark past, she will discover the truths to the ratings.

There have been multiple books with similar ideas to this one, but I still find this idea interesting. This whole society judges you based on a number, as if the number tells anything about you. This number also pretty much rules your whole life. I found this dystopian world horrible in these aspects as well as how it affects the people. Treena believes that the number system works perfectly, as well as everyone else, until it fails her. This book is a failed utopian at it's heart.

This book actually has two points of view: Treena and Vance. Treena has her flaws, especially in the beginning. Most of her flaws stemmed from the fact that she wanted to do what society told her. She also wanted to up her rating to be with her boyfriend, who's kind of obnoxious to be honest. As Treena became to realize the flaws in the society, and as she went through her training, she became a very strong character. All the whole, though, she still has a heart. Vance is the other character. He's a few years older, in the same military as Treena, and has a past that has caused him to be placed there. I really did like Vance and thought he was a great character! Honestly, both these characters were great!

My only problem would be that despite the twists in this book, I was able to guess the big one very early on. I thought it was pretty obvious, so it was infuriating for me that it took forever for the characters to guess this! This kind of made the book a bit slow for me, as it was a major plot line, but that's the only main problem I had. Except for this, there were a variety of twists I honestly couldn't see coming!

As for romance, there is a bit, to be expected. It wasn't overpowering at all, so that's a great plus! I actually really liked the romance in this book, mostly because the characters were great and it was eased into the book!

This is a great dystopian and I recommend it to every dystopian fan! I loved the idea and the characters! Sure, I was able to predict some things, but I still enjoyed reading this book! I have no idea if another book is coming out, but after the way this one ended, a second book would definitely be amazing!

I hereby give this book
3.5 Wheels
Meaning: I liked it, but it wasn't quite amazing.

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