Review: The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery

the100societyI Know What You Did Last Summer meets Point Horror in this YA debut.

Friendships unravel and lives are risked in this suspenseful debut thriller where no one is above suspicion…

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’m used to young adult fiction featuring a love story in the beginning and than focusing on it to the story’s detriment. It’s unfortunate, but I feel it happens enough for me to expect it now. Thankfully, and with relief, The 100 Society isn’t in that category.

There is a love story and there is somewhat of a love triangle, but it’s not unrealistic. The love story, even with a triangle, makes sense. It’s not over-blown, like so many can be, and helps to drive the characters forward. The triangle is one element feeding the mystery and I felt the story would be lacking without it.

The focus in this story is Grace’s obsession with finishing The 100 Society‘s list. This is what the story opens up with. My natural mental reaction is to think, “idiots”. These adolescents are tagging on a railway bridge. I was questioning right from the beginning if I could possibly like any of these characters.

What’s great about the opening scene though is, although I can’t help question the intelligence of these characters, it’s easy to pick up the fear and excitement they’re feeling right off the bat.

I did have some issue with the writing. There were a few instances when it was on the convenient side for something to happen. I would not have noticed if these occurrences hadn’t pulled my attention away from the story to question their presence. I think the best example is when Grace, or one of the other characters, was about to do something. Only to be interrupted by a scream, a shout, a squeal.

There were also too many clichés for my liking. A character was sad and for some reason they ended up with rain on their face. I’m still not completely sure why it happened, especially when it involved a gust of wind. It did make me roll my eyes just a tad.

A part from my very few issues with the story, I found The 100 Society to be thoroughly engaging. I believe I finished reading the story in two days without losing sleep or study time. Amazing! I wasn’t in love with the characters, but I did enjoy their banter and friendships. The best part, of course, was the way the mystery unfolded and kept you guessing who the Reaper might be.

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