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Guests Reviews: 101 + Giveaway

Since I have already reviewed 101, I have decided to give you guys someone else’s opinion of the book. One lucky person will walk away with a free pdf copy of this book. The last day to enter to win a copy of 101 is Saturday September 8th. The entry form is at the end of this post.

Title: 101

Author: Margaret Chatwin

Synopsis: How do you get desperately needed answers when no one is talking? Who do you trust in a place full of criminals, a place where it’s easy to mistake friends for enemies and enemies for friends? And how is it possible for one girl to seemingly vanish into thin air, especially when the place is surrounded by sixteen foot high electric fences?
When Trigg and his sister Ren are sentenced to township 101 for the crime of defending themselves, and Ren suddenly comes up missing, Trigg must ask himself these same questions.
Something else he’d like to know is, how do you survive when the flaws of the NAO’s justice system has turned a simple punishment into a game of life or death?

Our first review is Elisa’s of Lost Inside the Covers.

Elisa’s Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

It is so intense! I love it, but I have to go bury my head in the sand a bit.
Full on tears as I finished this book…at work no less. I am a freaking mess, runny nose, drippy eyes, ugh! This book pitbulled me at the beginning. It grabbed me by the throat and shook me around forcing me to read, read, read. Then it slowed down, the pitbull relaxed its jaws magically and I could read at my own pace. At the end, it stood there growling at me, scaring me to death because it had a crazy look in its eye. Someone was going to die and I was a big fat chicken and took my time to get there. I finished finally, just now. I read the last few pages and am now a so in love with this mean old book I can’t stand it. I won this ebook from Today in Shenaya and really enjoyed the Pledged characters interview with the 101 characters. Click here to check it out.

101 is a YA, sort of dystopian book about a government where there is no mercy, no light sentences, only super harsh “justice”. Any and all infractions of the law are treated the same. You are thrown in a township surrounded by electrified fences and men with guns in the middle of nowhere to serve your time. I guess a lighter crime just gives you less time in the township. You live with other criminals. The government doesn’t much care if you are killed, it just means you are out of the system. Anyone who kills anyone is killed themselves, problem solved! Less criminals to deal with.

Trigg and his sister Ren are thrown in township 101 when they are caught escaping their abusive father in his car and are convicted for car theft. They are immediately separated and Trigg spends a lot of time trying to find Ren. That is when the pitbull let me breathe a little. This becomes a jail story. You find out the hierarchy, who is really ruling things around there and Trigg learns, eventually, to fight back. His father’s abuse caused Trigg to just take the beatings so his sister would stay out of the bullseye. To survive in 101, he needs to learn how to fight. There is graffiti on the house next to his, Kill or be Killed and it is true in the township. Trigg learns how to be a survivor, a leader and a man. Sometimes being a pacifist isn’t enough, your non-action will doom you, while an offensive might just work. You have to fight for what you believe in and those you love to elicit change.

This was a harsh book, with violence and killings and rape, luckily we are told about, not shown the rape. But it also includes love, friendship and affection. The characters are excellently drawn and I enjoyed both the good ones and the bad ones quite a bit. The ending culminated and was over quite quickly and a little conveniently, but it works. This book is going to stick with me for a long time. If you like YA and can handle the tough stuff, I encourage you to read it. 4.5 stars.

Our next review is from Ymelda who gave it 4 of 5 Paws. Here’s what she had to say:

​Ok, so I picked up this novel, 101 by Margaret Chatwin. It was not by my own accord, as I have never heard of her (it’s cool, she has no clue who I am either). My sister recommended this book to me. I was a tad bit skeptical because this is the same person that told me that Twilight was a wonderfully written love story, and we all know that’s not true. Against my better judgment I followed her advice and I’m thankful I did. **little note here, this does not mean that I will stop questioning her choice in literature** Although I am not an indie author connoisseur, I am now definitely a fan thanks to Ms. Chatwin’s words. 101 is a dystopian novel…go ahead Google it….I’ll wait….. Its ok, I did the same exact thing!
Ok, now that you are familiar with DYSTOPIA, as am I, (my word of the day… I intend to use it in all of my conversations today!) this book gives us insight to what a world would be like with a no mercy type of law. If you break it, you pay for it. I used to be a firm believer of this idea that there should be no excuses. If you commit the crime then face the consequences and they should always be the same across the board. I failed to recognize the small cases where one must make use of our human instinct and empathize with criminals and have some kind of heart prior to passing judgment.
101 takes us on a journey of Trigg Hale and his sister Ren. Ren has committed a crime in order to save the life of her brother. Trigg takes Ren and attempts to flee in order to begin a new life elsewhere, unfortunately, they are stopped and arrested. Leading to their sentencing, we learn about the justice system and how each criminal is taken to the same living facility without concern over what crime was committed. All law breakers were cohabitating and basically living a life under a watchful eye, but creating their own laws within. Let me stop here for a second. I loved the introduction of the book and I loved the development of the characters. What made it hard to follow for me was the time that they were sentenced to for the crimes they committed.
**SPOILER** You see, I love the law and tend to know a bit about criminal law. In the state of Florida, if one shoots INTENTIONALLY another person, you can be charged with life as this is attempted murder (granted if the dude/dudedette survives). In this book Ren was charged with shooting her father and was sentenced to eight years. EIGHT YEARS!!! C’mon now, this is supposed to be a legal system without mercy! Show me no mercy. That is a piece of cake compared to the type of things we deal with on a daily basis. Trigg, who stole his father’s car, and was an accessory to attempted murder only got three years. In today’s society that would grant you at least fifteen years, depending on your attorney. Needless to say that this took me out of the story for a bit and I had to work myself back in and pretend that this was “harsh” punishment.
Once I did get back into the book, I was introduced to the most hateful Lucifer like human in the world, Ace. This dude was hot. Charismatic like no ones business and someone that you just want the worst pain in the world to rain down on him and soak his body with an acid that will slowly decay every living cell in his body and cause them to pop. As each cell in his body begins to pop, I want his brain to register the pain and there is nothing he can do about it because he is tied down and each acidic rain drop is falling slowly starting with his feet and working its way up. Slow, antagonizing death….matter of fact while we wait for each cell in his body to pop, there should be an army of rabid monkeys biting at him and stabbing him with alcohol soaked daggers to intensify his pain. Yeah, totally hated his character.
Actually, I hated his demise a little more. I just wish that Ms. Chatwin would have given me a little more insight into his **SPOILER** death. I wanted to see him suffer for the pain that he caused. Sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself. I really hate Ace.
Any who, Trigg spends his time hunting for his sister. It takes him forever, but he made a few decent friends while imprisoned. They help him find her and once he has her, all hell breaks loose. He’s number one on Ace’s most hated list and this dude makes sure that Trigg knows it.
Along the path of survival, Trigg realizes that Ace is up to something. Something that will change the lives of all those incarcerated. There’s nothing he can do, or is there?
I don’t want to give too much away on this book, but I must say that it’s a must read. There were a couple of grammatical errors (yeah, you’ll probably find some on my review too, but I’m just saying) and the whole legal thing made me loose interest for a second. Overall though, this book is an excellent read. It has a great story line. The characters were well developed (as demonstrated by my hatred toward Ace) and towards the end, her words had me jumping out of my seat. This was my first introduction to indie writing and I have to say it will not be my last. She has a couple of other books available and I believe, that I will be purchasing one right now. On my Jeter scale (Jeter is my pup) I give 101 four paws…
P.S- To my little sister with a questionable taste in books, stop smiling, I still don’t respect you for reading and loving Twilight. =)

Now for a chance to win a copy of 101 just fill out the form below:

Extra: 101

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Ok, so as you guys know I recently read and reviewed 101 by Margaret Chatwin. And again, really enjoyed it. While checking out a fellow bloggers review she mentioned that she wished we had more of a back story. You can check out her great review here: Ylogs. Well I whole heartedly agreed with her. And Chatwin fulfilled that wish. So for those of you who read 101 and also wished to understand why Trigg’s father was the way he was here is your answer. You can read Trigg’s explanation by following the link but here is an except:
From: Trigg:

Yes, my adventure started long before that night in the living room when Ren sealed our fate by pulling the trigger. I actually think it started the day I was born, but who wants to be dragged that far back? Not me. Bad enough I had to live it once.
So – my dad. You probably figured we’d start with him, huh? Everything always starts with him. Not sure how that’s even possible, but it seems to be true.
His name is Kent Hale and I don’t know what he was like as a kid or teen. Never had one of those father/son get-to-know-you talks. You know the kind where, for a second, you can close your eyes and pretend your parent is really your friend? Where the two of you can find yourselves in each other? Where something they did as a kid is so similar to what you did just five minutes ago that you feel a connecting bond? Yeah – just never happened with him. When he wasn’t screaming, he was silent. That weird, vacant kind of silent. A stupor that, I’m sure was induced by the liquor.
His parents were no help in getting to know him. His dad died before my sixth birthday in some work related accident. Or so they say. Rumor has it the guy had an enemy on every corner.
Shocking how my dad turned out to be the stalwart individual that he is.
Dad’s mom – well she remarried a few years later and moved to some place I can’t even pronounce. Ren and I never saw her again.
I wasn’t heartbroken over it. Not like we were all that close, anyhow. We seldom got together, but when we did – I mostly just remember all the bickering. I hated the feeling that type of behavior always left in the back of my throat so I’d go outside to find something to do. Ren though, man, she had more of a stomach for it. She’d sit there and take it all in. Eyes darting back and forth from Shouter to Screamer.
I think she was learning how to load that gun way back then. She must get her spirit of fight from that side of the family.
So how did my mom end up with a guy like my dad?
He back handed me across the mouth one day when I was about ten and while I was still fuming over it, I confronted her about that. She’d smiled sadly, handed me a bag of frozen peas from the freezer to put on my face and said, “He wasn’t always like this.”

So don’t forget to follow the link From: Trigg to finish reading more of Trigg’s incredible story. I also want to thank Margaret Chatwin for providing us curious reader with this narrative!

101

101 by Margaret Chatwin

 

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How do you get desperately needed answers when no one is talking? Who do you trust in a place full of criminals, a place where it’s easy to mistake friends for enemies and enemies for friends? And how is it possible for one girl to seemingly vanish into thin air, especially when the place is surrounded by sixteen foot high electric fences?
When Trigg and his sister Ren are sentenced to township 101 for the crime of defending themselves, and Ren suddenly comes up missing, Trigg must ask himself these same questions.
Something else he’d like to know is, how do you survive when the flaws of the NAO’s justice system has turned a simple punishment into a game of life or death?

5 of 5 Stars

Ok, to put it simply, 101 was amazing. It is completely captivating from the start. The protagonist Trigg is so relatable and I found myself emotionally invested in the book.

I don’t usually like to give away the storyline but feel it’s necessary for reviewing this particular book. So here goes: Trigg and his sister Ren are sentenced unfairly to an NAO township (which reminded me of the holocaust style ghettos). Soon after arriving Ren vanishes and Trigg searches for her. Well this search takes up most of the book and it is compelling. Eventually he finds her. (In case you haven’t read the book and are wondering why this is a spoiler, well, it seemed pretty unlikely that Trigg would find Ren.) The story is so fast paced and at this point it seemed that there was nothing left to happen. I was expecting a clacker to appear and hear someone scream “cut!” End of book one and here’s the start of a series. Well it doesn’t happen that way. It turns out that there’s is still plenty to happen. Trigg looked for Ren with such single minded focus that I was left guessing after the jump, not sure what was next. The book is mostly that: a guessing game. I never knew what would happen next. The book ended very well. (Although I say that if Chatwin had chosen to start a series she could have easily gotten 3 books out of everything that happened in this one.)

The characters were pretty cool. Trigg is a weak person who finds strength in the need to act. I enjoyed seeing his character grow. He was relatable and endearing. I came to respect him and his strength. As much as I may like Trigg I have to admit that my favorite character was Pintar. He comes off as selfish and an asshole and although he’s blunt he’s still relatable. And at the end of the day has a pretty big heart. He provided me with a few good chuckles and it warmed my heart to see him thawing and become such a support system for Trigg.

The setting and storyline were completely believable, it was presented well and there was nothing that made me question the validity of it. I also wanted to say that I love the lack of curse words. The book is set in a tough environment and I expected to be bombarded with profanity. I was impressed with Chatwin setting such scenes and even with the dialogue without one bad word.

The book is amazing. It is impossible to put down with its action scenes and Trigg’s incredible story.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author to review