The 100 by Kass Morgan is a dystopian novel that I really enjoyed. It’s about a group of survivors that escaped earth after a devastating nuclear war...moreThe 100 by Kass Morgan is a dystopian novel that I really enjoyed. It’s about a group of survivors that escaped earth after a devastating nuclear war some 300 years ago. They now exist on a space station that is more like a city but resources are starting to run out. Important things like, say … air? So, the collective beings on the council decide to send 100 of the confined juveniles or what we would call juvenile delinquents to earth to see if it’s inhabitable. They think it is but they aren’t quite sure. The 100 follows four main characters, Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass. The story is told in their perspective POV’s.
As the story progresses we learn more about each character and what led to them being on the ship that brought them to earth. I really like these characters! They are each likeable in their own way and the way they respond to the stressors is unique to each of their individual personalities. I liked seeing how they developed throughout the book in response to this new environment and new freedoms. They are all in the same situation but with such different outcomes. There is the requisite romance with an interesting love triangle, suspense, some thrills, some heartbreak … all in all, I’d say that The 100 successfully covers a wide range of topics that will appeal to most readers and it is written in a compelling manner.
The 100 is an enjoyable read and I’d highly recommend it. (less)
Okay, so I’ve been on somewhat of a horror kick lately. The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery bordered on horror but mostly it was a bit of a sophomoric...moreOkay, so I’ve been on somewhat of a horror kick lately. The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery bordered on horror but mostly it was a bit of a sophomoric thriller. I really, really wanted to like this book … I really did but I have a big problem with characters that just behave stupidly. Especially when the author initially portrays them as smart characters and I have to watch their intelligence level take a nose dive throughout the book.
The 100 Society is a group that begins at Clifton Academy, the essence is that they tag a series of locations – 100 locations to be specific - with their unique graffiti mark. This will gain them unrecognized fame and glory. It will also get them expelled from the academy if they’re caught. This is one of the biggest fears of the main character, Grace. Grace has a serious inferiority complex caused by her highly successful older brother, Jack and lack of attention from her surgeon father. So, it’s sort of a tug-a-war for me in the arena of ‘why in the heck is she doing this’? Why risk expulsion if your biggest fear is disapproval from your father? But … one character, Ed, makes a comment in the book that if they manage to tag all 100 locations, it will all but guarantee them a spot in the finest art schools. But that leads me to the question: If they can’t tell anyone, ever, how will the finest art schools know they did it? So, you see my dilemma here.
What started out as such a promising read quickly became a bit of a bore. Grace and her friends blatantly ignore billboard size signs that read, “Yep, I took out your buddy and you’re next!” and continue on blindly, all for possible street cred? I mean nobody’s going to know they did this and if anyone finds out, the best possible outcome is expulsion from school and parental disapproval? Let’s face it, if you get expelled from school, chances are that the ‘best art schools’ aren’t going to accept you anyways. If there was more to gain from belonging to The 100 Society, I could get behind it.
The characters were bland and boring, I held out a lot of hope for Trick, I thought he would be the shining star out of all of them. The handsome yet tattooed rebel but nope, he became as two dimensional as the rest of them. Grace, the main character, felt flat and forced, selfish and self-absorbed. I never felt the closeness that this group was supposed to have, in fact, their interactions felt like a group of strangers. I have more intimate conversations in the Wal-Mart check-out line.
I will give credit to some thrilling moments but that’s about the best I can do. All in all, I was disappointed in this book. Not something I would recommend. (less)
I absolutely love a good horror story and as we all know, horror stories don’t always have to have things that go bump in the night. Creed by Trisha L...moreI absolutely love a good horror story and as we all know, horror stories don’t always have to have things that go bump in the night. Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsey Currie delivers an ultimate horror story that used good old fashioned flesh and bone humans to scare the crap out of me.
Three teens set off to a concert when their car breaks down near Purity Springs, New York. What they find is an abandoned town with sirens going off. Hmmm …. Strange? Oh yes, this is just the beginning of the nightmare that is about to become their lives.
The characters, Dee, her boyfriend Luke and his younger brother Mike, make an amazing cast of characters. Dee and Luke have an amazing relationship for a couple so young but Dee is a foster child who comes with a strong history of abuse. Luke is very gentle and compassionate, despite being an aggressive football player. Mike, Luke’s younger brother, provides the much needed comic relief with his snarky humor and sarcastic comments. There are some other well developed characters that come into play, the town cult leader, Elijah Hawkins, who I tend to think of as ‘Psycho Freak from Hell’ and his son, Joseph.
Trisha and Lindsey really know how to set an atmosphere! There is a sense of eeriness that is present throughout Creed that just doesn’t go away. It sort of permeated my mood and stuck with me. I don’t want to say much more, to do so will spoil the actual premise of the story and I don’t want to do that!
What starts out to be the beginning of a fun weekend for the teens soon turns out to be the worst weekend of their lives. In light of keeping this as spoiler free as possible, I will say that there is some serious sick stuff that goes down, there is some serious heart-breaking moments and there is some serious what the hell moments. And that is what kept me turning pages! All. The. Way. To. The. End!
If you like horror with a little side of psycho, then Creed is for you. Trust me, you’ll think twice the next time you get stranded on the side of the road! (less)