Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery

  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
  • Publish Date: September 4th 2014
  • Source: eARC Provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: The Book Depository (couldn't find any other links)

For sixth-form student Grace Becker, The 100 Society is more than just a game; it's an obsession. Having convinced her five friends at Clifton Academy to see it through to the end, Grace will stop at nothing to carry out the rules of the game: tagging 100 locations around the city. With each step closer to the 100-mark they get, the higher the stakes become. But when the group catches the attention of a menacing stalker - the Reaper - he seems intent on exposing their illegal game, tormenting Grace with anonymous threats and branding their dormitory doors with his ominous tag.

As the once tight-knit group slowly unravels, torn apart by doubt and the death of a student, they no longer know who to trust.

With time running out, Grace must unmask the Reaper before he destroys everything she cares about for ever...

My Thoughts

After reading this synopsis, I was intrigued and couldn't wait to read this. It was an interesting book, but the mystery aspect was a bit easy for me to figure out. I didn't figure it out right away, but I did figure it out quite early. The other thing was, I never really got the whole 100 society thing. It's not like they get anything for it, or anyone can even know they are the ones doing it since it's illegal. So they are doing these tags, at risk of getting caught, and amidst the danger of some psycho, just to do it? I just couldn't wrap my head around it. That being said, I did find the story to be pretty good. I liked some of the characters, while others drove me nuts, but it held my interest and I thought that it was worth the read.

Grace comes from a family with high expectations. Her father and brother are super successful and she feels like she can't live up to what her dad wants. She just wants him to be proud of her. Her and her friends take up the challenge of The 100 Society and are doing really well. That is until there is someone who is threatening to expose them. Not only that, but her friends are being harmed. She is still determined to finish the tags, even if it is more dangerous than ever. She is also stuck in a really awkward love triangle of sorts, which is tearing apart their group. She was a bit stupid and that bothered me. She makes some really dumb choices, and she does ridiculous things. I wanted to jump in the book and be like, "Dude, what the hell is wrong with you?!". I liked her, but she wasn't a super great character to read.

There was a lot of action in this book with the attacks and such, but there was also a lot wrong that didn't add up for me. Like when certain things happen, how the police aren't right there. Or how the students could even do half of the things that they did when things got towards the end. Even with those little irritants, I did enjoy reading this book. I thought that how it all came together at the end with the Reaper was great. If the mystery had lasted longer I may have enjoyed it more, but that's what I get for being so perceptive I guess. Overall it was a good book and I think a lot of people will enjoy it.

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. Hmmm, sounds intriguing but I do get what you are saying. Thanks for the honest review.

  2. Quite a few people talk about the flimsy plot. It sounds like a wasted opportunity. Meh.

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