Friday, 5 September 2014

The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery

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...

I've been looking forward to this since I first heard of it back in January! And while I have a few criticisms, mainly because it was pretty creepy, but it was a great story and I flew through it needing to know what happened! So, Grace and her friends have nearly completed the challenge to tag 100 locations around the city when they are suddenly followed and attacked. This starts a string of weird occurrences, like their blog getting hacked and photos of a reaper replacing their tags being published instead. They don't know who to trust, especially as they could get expelled if found out. All this secrecy had a sort of conspiracy feel and made everything that much more dangerous.

It was set in a boarding school, which was really fun and with added secret society's and street art, it made for a great background for a story full of layered characters and traitors in our midst. I really liked main character Grace; I didn't always connect with her but could understand her frustration and will to prove herself, especially with her already impressive father and older brother. 

The secondary characters came in and out of the story but were still reasonably well-rounded. I especially liked Cassie who proved that her appearance wasn't all that mattered to her. And finally possible love interest Trick, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks with everything to prove. He was very funny and caring and tried to show that nothing got to him but no one can be that heartless. 

As for the bad guy, Spradbery had me guessing until the very end and it completely shocked me. But that's the thing about psychopaths, they hide in plain sight and you never suspect. The things he did were just terrible and honestly made me a little sick, the way his twisted mind thought things were going to play out. So all in all, an amazing story with twisted characters and a spectacular ending. I'm not sure I always liked Grace, the way she made everything about her, but hey, nobody's perfect and she saved the day in the end. 

Published 4th September 2014 by Hodder. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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