A thrilling suspense novel that is as intense as it is thought-provoking.
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Premise (from Goodreads)
After losing his wife, Evan Francart is depressed. He has an axe to grind with the pharmaceutical company that jacked up the price of her medications, but feels powerless against a billion-dollar corporation.Then he meets Cassandra.She shows Evan a way to both end his life and become a hero. With her guidance, Evan interrupts a company board meeting and blows the building sky-high.
As FBI agents Susan Chamberlain and Michael Godwin discover, Evan is the first of many. Ninety-nine more like him wait anonymously in the wings, their targets just as personal as Evan’s: the prosecutor who lets rapists walk free, the inept surgeon who maims patients yet keeps operating, the phony evangelist preying on those seeking solace… and that’s just the beginning.Will the FBI unearth Cassandra’s identity before all 100 have carried out their plans?
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Review (No Spoilers)
First of all, a big thank you to Nathan Timmel for sending me a complimentary physical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! I especially love receiving physical copies over digital, because they are better for my diminishing eyesight.
When I first saw the cover of We Are 100, it immediately reminded me of some of the YA mystery novels that I’ve read in the past couple of years. It gave me Karen McManus vibes. Let me tell you, that is not at all what this book is. The overall story follows two FBI agents as they attempt to hunt down the mastermind behind the planning of 100 violent acts before it’s too late. In that way, it is more of a police procedural suspense novel than a mystery.
The narration switches between following the FBI team assigned to the case, the members of the 100 (unconnected individuals who are carrying out these violent acts), and “Cassandra” (the person behind it all). I really enjoyed this style choice because it allowed me to get a kind of eagle-eye view of the entire situation. Basically nothing is hidden from the reader—almost all of the suspense comes from the question of will the FBI find and stop Cassandra in time?
Due to the switching of timelines/narrators, the cast of this book is a decent size, but not so big that you lose track of who is who. Each chapter gives the reader an inside view of how that person/group think(s), and thus allows the novel to present a diverse amount of opinions and viewpoints. It is because of this that I do want to slightly warn you that this book isn’t going to be for everyone. There are a number of “political” statements sprinkled throughout that might rub certain readers the wrong way depending on how they feel about particular topics. The overall theme deals with people in power abusing their privileges and screwing over those who are reliant on their help, so you can imagine that it might touch on several sensitive topics. Off the top of my head, I can list that it tackles some of the following: rape and subsequent legal corruption, pedophilia/child sex trafficking, insurance corruption, bank corruption, and justifiable homicide/suicide. Please keep this in mind when you’re making your way through the novel. You might not always agree with what is being said, but it is important to keep an open mind and to attempt to see things from other points of view.
We Are 100 is sure to provide some food for thought, both while you’re reading and after you’ve finished. It came out earlier this year in March, so you can grab your copy right now!
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