About five years ago I read about a society where everyone was marked with a number from 1 to 10, to represent their future position in society. It was completely decided by the people who would tattoo their number. The main character gets a 0, and is chased by the government who wants to kill him, because a 0 is in reality, better than a 10. It also involved monsters, and was set in sort of a Renaissance era place.

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    This is tagged as fantasy-genre, which it shouldn't be, as that implies you are discussing the genre itself. However, if you ment to imply the story you are looking for is a fantasy story, then what about your story makes it so? At a glance it appears to be a sci-fi story. – Firebat Nov 4 '15 at 15:25
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    Is this a short story or a novel? Do you remember reading it from an anthology, maybe a magazine? Any idea when you read it? – Firebat Nov 4 '15 at 15:31
  • Not it of course but kind of cute and loosely related, thematically... Significance of numbers, if any, may be revealed if this children's pilot gets picked up. (amazon.com/gp/product/B016J3YR5U/…( – whatisthisanime Nov 13 '15 at 17:08
  • Possibly answered in Book with a world run by dragons – straycat Dec 27 '17 at 15:32

This loosely sounds like the prisoner.

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    Why does this fit the OP's question and which, The Prisoner are you refering to, as there are multiple books with this title? – Firebat Nov 4 '15 at 16:11
  • I suspect he's referencing the TV series, "You are Number 6" and all that, but it really isn't a good fit. – FuzzyBoots Nov 4 '15 at 16:14
  • This book appears not to even have been set in the right time period. – Charlie Brown Nov 4 '15 at 16:42

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