Recent Arrivals chronicles the books that have made their way onto the Today, I Read… bookshelf. Here’s the latest arrival: The Chaos by Rachel Ward
First line: The knock on the door comes early in the morning, just as it’s getting light.
When he was a little boy, Adam learned about the numbers.
The first ones he saw were Jem’s. That was how he knew she was going to die.
Adam inherited his mother’s curse. With a vengeance. When he stares into someone’s eyes, he doesn’t just see the date of their death, he feels the searing, shocking pain of it.
Orphaned, Adam has grown up by the sea with his great-grandmother, Val. But as rising tides flood the coast, they flee to London. The city is an alien, anarchic place. Most disturbing of all, Adam can’t help but clock how many people’s numbers are in January 2027; how many are on New Year’s Day.
What chaos awaits the world?
Can Adam and his damaged friend Sarah stop a catastrophe?
Or are they, too, counted among the "twenty-sevens"?
Book Details: 352 pages; Chicken House; Pub. March 2011