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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 areHow 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?...

Title : 101
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ISBN : 9781468134292
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Number of Pages : 205 Pages
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101 Reviews

  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    2019-06-13 01:14

    (Book read and reviewed for {Read It & Reap 71} in the Shut Up And Read group.)After years of abuse at the hands of their father, Trigg and his sister Ren do the unthinkable: they defend themselves... and are taken down for this by the expeditive judicial system of the New Age Order, which sends them both to prison town 101. As Trigg decides to go looking for his sister, and discovers quickly that she has actually disappeared from the time of her arrivel, he gets to know more and more about this new little world he's stuck in, including the fact that 101 holds its own system of eat-or-be-eaten logics, and that nobody on the outside will do anything about it.This novel was really a page-turner for me—I kept going on for more, and wasn't happy when I had to stop to do something else (like, oh, going to work). We don't get to learn that much about the characters; however, what I did learn was enough to give them existence. I liked how Trigg develops, how he learns to cope with his new surroundings, how he decides to take things into his own hands—yet at the same time, he remains a very humane hero, with his doubts, his fears, his emotions. Ren is a strong persona, too, who manages to stand up in spite of the odds. Characters such as Riker and Pintar, albeit not decribed at length, were quite pleasant to read about. As for the antagonist... all I'm going to write for now is that I so enjoyed hating that guy.I think I would have wanted to see a little more of Ren, or more specifically, how exactly she managed to cope; the story being from Trigg's point of view, it was a little limited in that regard. (What happened to her, as we learn later in the story, is no bed of roses, and I very much doubt that even a strong persona would go through that unscathed.) Also, while this is a positive point in terms of the action starting quickly, maybe Ren and Trigg's former life could've done with a little more flesh. For instance, I found their father's behaviour a little strange (was he just a man beating his kids, or did he actually expect something specific from them?...), and I would've appreciated learning more about that, even if at the end of the novel only.

  • Laura
    2019-06-22 23:15

    101 "KILL OR BE KILLED" 101 is a dark version of the future where all criminals – no matter the reason for the crime – are locked away in townships to fend for themselves. After Trigg and his sister Ren shoot their abusive father, they are both sentenced to township 101, a place where only the strong survive and the weak must either toughen up or become one of the many casualties of 101. All the characters in this book complement each other very well. Trigg, peaceful and non-confrontational but willing to do anything for his sister Ren who cares for him just as much but is tough enough to protect them both. The antagonist Ace is ruthless, violent and willing to do anything to have complete control over 101. All the secondary characters are just as multi-faceted and well developed, from tough and mean but loyal Pitnar to kind and caring victim of coincidence Keely and finally Bobby Joe, who just wants to survive in 101 until she is released and can make a new life for herself. Margaret Chatwin has written a book that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and refuses to let you go. Even after you have finished 101 it will be branded on your brain and you won’t be able to stop various scenes from replaying in your head. This is a book that makes you think. The problems that are faced in township 101 are problems that occur all over the world. I’m really hoping that the author writes more books in the world of 101 as there seems to be so much more to explore. Fingers crossed that we get to hear more about Trigg and Ren in the future. *This book was provided to me by the publisher for review. In no way has this affected my review*

  • Bianca
    2019-06-05 07:18

    Book received, read and reviewed for {Read It & Reap 71} in the Shut Up And Read group.This is a great, great book. The story is really creative and well written, I was dragged into it and if it weren't for the thousand tests I had this week and an awful flu, it would've been a one sitting read.The story goes pretty much like this: Trigg, 19, and Ren, 17 are abused by their father, until Ren shoots him and they go to prison. The prison (Township 101) basically consists in another city, only for criminals. The New Age System, or the NAO, has no mercy whatsoever to anyone and plans to stay that way. Inside 101 things just keep getting worst with time.This was a good dystopia, but I just wish the author'd given it more space to develop itself you know? It had great potential. The other thing I didn't like were the exclamation points! They gave a cheerful aspect to some phrases that weren't exactly happy!Now, Ren, oh, Ren was amazing, seriously. She was my favorite character and really grew on me. She was so strong, even after going through so much, she kept Trigg sane and was a huge inspiration. At the beginning of the book, I felt like Trigg was a little bit weak, like he just had to cry at every moment. But then again, he grew on me, at the final chapters he was really strong and determined. (view spoiler)[I also loved his relationship with Bobby Joe :) (hide spoiler)]Honestly, I'm glad I read this book and you should too :)

  • ErinBlack
    2019-06-27 04:33

    Sadly, this story probably hits very close to home with some individuals. It completely enveloped me from the very first page, to the last.The story was well told, with great character development and a lot of moments that cause heightened emotional response. I have always been infatuated with criminals and the criminal justice system. With what really goes on in prison. As heartbreaking as it is this story was probably very close to the truth.This book was right up my alley, the feelings of innocence, anger, fright, and even love had me grasping at straws for more!I am not a reviewer that spends time recapping what the story was about, as I feel it’s a waste of time. The synopsis says everything you need to know, and my job is to convince you through my experience to either read the book, or not to bother. With this book, it is difficult to say much without getting into details that will end up spoiling the book for you. So I will leave you with this…YOU MUST READ!

  • Tiffany Loves Books
    2019-06-12 04:32

    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. (view spoiler)[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.) (hide spoiler)] 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 copy of this book to review from Shut Up & Read

  • Janysa
    2019-05-28 01:23

    Let me just start out by saying this was wonderful, I enjoyed reading every last bit of itTrigg and his sister (Ren) get sent to township 101 when they try to stand up to their abusive father. Trigg and Ren get separated, girls live to one side and the boys live to other side kind of thing. Trigg promises he'll find her, and that's when the drama starts..I loved seeing Trigg's character grow. Trigg is the person that's not a fighter--he's just a nice person, who doesn't know how to fight. So when people are beating him up what does he do? Just lays there and takes it until they stop. But when you read more of the book he gets stronger, and learns how to actually fight! I also loved how much he loved his sister and would do anything for her.Ace... OMG Ace, I seriously love to hate that dude. That dude is the sickish, butt face I've ever known/read. He did things just for the enjoyment of seeing others in pain. That guy just got on my nerves. There were plenty of other important characters (Ren, Bobby Joe, Riker,and Pintar) but those were just the main protagonist and antagonist. There was a little bit of romance (I loved the romance between two certain characters). But it had a lot of other things like, action, and drama.. ohh the drama! I was in tears with some of the things that happen, Ace being the cause of the things happening. This book to me was sort of uplifting in a twisted way. I can't tell you why without telling the whole story so, I'll let you figure that one out yourself.Overall, very enjoyable book. It was a quick read, was packed with tons of action, had an amazing storyline, and great characters, and a touch of romance.

  • Adrianne
    2019-05-29 04:34

    5 stars for this book. Well written and the story of Ren and Trigg is something that is happening around us. The abuse and the injustice was really heartbreaking and it is really unfortunate to think that things like these don't just happen in stories although obviously the part about the town 101 is on an extreme angle. At first the antagonists were clearly the father and the NAO and some readers would expect that Trigg and the other inmates would go against them instead but the role of the antagonist slowly shifted into the fellow inmate and big bully in the town, Ace. This may be associated into a real life situation of criminals in jail. There will always be a "leader" or a bully that would put people in their place, mostly a position far more inferior to what they have. I loved how the importance of family was present, the short lived romance of bobby joe and trigg, and the friendship and teamwork that gave rise to their freedom made me think of real people and their tragic stories.. It made me feel very thankful that I do not have to deal with such issues myself and it made me wish that someday no one would have to be in that kind of position. Well done.Oh and congrats to the author. For a short read, this book is better than the longer novels i've read and way better than any of the equally short novels i've read recently.

  • Rose E.E. Scandell
    2019-06-20 00:29

    Where do I even start? I started this book earlier today and finished it the same night. From page one I was completely immersed in Trigg and Ren's story. I'm a sucker for these Dystopian stories, and 101 delivered the goods. I loved the writing, the character dynamics, the building of the relationships between characters. (view spoiler)[Especially between Trigg and Bobby Joe, the build up between these 2 was really well written, I was just so sad that their story couldn't continue beyond the grounds of 101, but where it ended I think was a solid point. (hide spoiler)]As another reviewer had mentioned, I would have also liked to have seen just a little more backstory about Trigg and Ren, and also to have more of an idea of what Trigg looked like. I came up with an image for Trigg so I'll settle for that and hope it comes close to what he would look like, haha.It's books like this that keep me going and discovering new and amazing authors, and I have to say after reading this book, I'll definitely be looking at Margaret's other stories, and future releases!

  • April Daley
    2019-06-12 06:31

    Just when I thought i had already found my favorite book by Margaret..I then read this one it is soo good. I could see this book being made into a movie... It read this book in about 8 hours total because I could not stop reading because it was so good. I loved the characters. And the new justice system they had to deal with I thought was a little scary lol... I was in suspense the whole time I felt a range of emotion there were times I was worried for them, happy, angry for the was they were treated and there were a few times I even shed a tear or two for them.. This book is worth reading..

  • Elisa
    2019-06-04 00:07

    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.

  • Ana Carolina Batista
    2019-06-08 06:06

    First of all this was given to me as a R2R so I will give my very honest opinion of the book ^^. Oh, and thank you so much for the opportunity!The writing skills of the author are really appealing for me as a reader, and also the topic of the story. The first chapters really made me interested to know more about this “dystopian world”. The main points are well focused, well develop and the characters are appealing in their characteristic ways (as logical).SPOILERS BEGIN HERE (view spoiler)[Trigg bothered me a little, it was a real challenge to get him and try to understand his way of acting and thoughts, sometimes I liked the character but mostly I was like “You stupid…”. I actually blame Trigg for Bobby Joe’s death. Although, I absolutely loved Ren and Pintar (with his obsession of calling him – Trigg – an idiot), for me they were the most appealing characters and the most strong-minded.Ace character was painful, strong, but sooo hateful. It was ok to me.Personally, I loved the end, even though it was a bit abrupt the whole “ending of 101”.In other hand, most of the story was reading about Trigg being kicked in the ass over and over again, and that kinda bored me. It was too much. I just needed this question resolved and a little more story-line to improve my 3* evaluation.Fav Quotes:“Maybe is do and die, or don’t and die. I don’t see that we have much choice. I think It needs to be done, and I think you’re right, now is the time to do it.” – Ren to Trigg“I learned that he can take away my virginity, but he can’t take away my self-worth. I won’t let him have it. Not then, not now, not ever. It’s mine.” – Ren about Ace“I’m sorry, Pintar. You always push your points across Neanderthal ways, but you do have good points” – Trigg to Pintar“And, what about Pintar? Well, he too, has my back one-hundred percent. Of course, he still thinks I’m an idiot, but some things will never change.” – Trigg about Pintar“It bends my mind. You don’t yell back, and you don’t show signs of aggression, but you won’t look away. Makes me think you have a secret. Something hidden deep inside of you that will land me in the ground, if I’m not careful” – Pintar to Trigg“You know her?” Riker asked. / “Yeah, she’s the one that saved my bacon after that first fight with Ace” – Trigg and Riker about Keely“Oh no!” Riker finally spoke. “You aren’t getting close to my nuts, even if it is for educational purposes.” – Riker about Pintar defense lessons to Trigg (hide spoiler)]

  • Eva Leger
    2019-06-03 23:06

    I'm such an awesome judge of books! Most of the time anyway. I won Sweet so Fragile from FirstReads awhile back and loved it. When I saw Chatwin had two other books out, this and Taking the Fall I knew I wanted to read them. And now I'm going to read Taking the Fall as soon as I'm in the mood for that kind of book. I have no doubt it'll be just as good as the other two I've read.My memory is really bad but I think I've already told the author - if not I meant to - that she has to somehow get these books into the hands of a major publisher. Anyone can tell by my reviews that I'm not the sort of person to just hand out 5 star ratings and gush about a book. I can actually get downright harsh if I feel it necessary.But Chatwin is a good author. These are good stories. I don't think I've met the teenage reader who wouldn't love this. I'm 34 and I loved it. I felt it. (Yeah, I'm aware that sounds cheesy. I like cheesy every once in awhile.)The fact that the author can go from a story like the one in Sweet so Fragile to this is amazing IMO. I'm no author and I've never wanted to be. I like reading, not writing. Sometimes I don't even like thinking all that much and it seems like that's needed to write. Chatwin has to have an amazing imagination to be able to come up with this and make it so damn realistic.I'm going to recommend this out to some friend who I know (I don't think) will enjoy it as much as I did. I would send them my copy but I can't - the author signed it and it's mine all mine to keep.Seriously - this is very, very good and Chatwin is one of the few, the very few, self-pub'd authors I've loved. I can think of one other at the moment - Rhiannon Frater - who is no longer self-pub'd but has been picked up. Chatwin will be also if the right person gets ahold of her books. And I, for one, hope that happens soon.

  • Jeanette
    2019-06-03 03:13

    I am currently reading a lot of dystopian-style books, and so when I saw this book description, I thought, "I need to read this". Let me tell you, 101 did not let me down! I liked the story line and the characters! They were really easy to relate to and I liked how they developed throughout the story.So why not 5 stars? I'm actually not 100% certain myself. I liked this book a lot, but I think I just didn't empathize with the characters as much as I normally do. I felt the beginning was almost too rushed to really get into the mindset of the characters and the world didn't really make sense to me. I would have really liked to "hear" the conversation that Renn and Trigg had (view spoiler)[ discussing her time with Ace(hide spoiler)], and I wanted to experience more of Trigg and Bobby Joe's time together. I just felt like a lot of key parts were skipped over (view spoiler)[ like the final raid, after the phone call to the radio station(hide spoiler)] that were KEY for character development. Because of this, I never really got too attached. I liked them all! A lot! But even when (view spoiler)[ Bobby Joe died, I wasn't as devastated as I wanted to be(hide spoiler)] I'm not sure if that all makes sense, but I think that was my only issue with this book. On the bright side (and there were MANY), I really liked the premise of Township 101 and the power struggles within the community. Even more, I liked how Trigg and Ren developed from the beginning of the book to the end. It is pretty remarkable how natural that change felt in only 200 pages. I think that says a lot about the author's storytelling ability. I found Trigg really easy to relate to, as well. The story progressed very naturally and the plot moved along at a good pace. If there is a second book, I would definitely read it. I'd like to see where the characters go from here and the new roles that they take on in changing (view spoiler)[ the NAO.(hide spoiler)]. Either way, the ending was satisfying and I was really happy with the overall book! :) 4 stars!

  • Loren Cherne
    2019-06-01 06:19

    I read this book to review it; I do not review too many books. I read a lot of YA Paranormal books and I needed a little break from the Supernatural books so I found this book and I am glad that I read it. I really enjoyed it and read it in 2 days. I could not put it this book down.About the story, the main characters, Trigg (19 and told from is POV) and his younger sister Ren (17) live in an abusive home with their abusive father, their mother died a few years ago. One night Trigg gets home really late because his car broke down and had to walk home. This set his father into a rampage with Trigg and started to beat him and would not let off and Ren feared for Trigg life, so Ren stepped in and shot her father in the shoulder. Trigg and Ren ran out of the house and took their fathers car and left. They are not sure what to do, because of the society that they live in (the NAO (New Age Order)), if you commit a crime, (it does not matter why you do it) you are going to go to Jail. The NAO does not have jury’s, the judge sentences you according to the crime. Both Trigg and Ren get sent to the same Township 101. The Township has houses that the inmates live in which consists of 2-4 inmates living together in a house. When Trigg and Ren are separated, Trigg promises that he will find Ren. Though the next day he can’t find her and then the story goes on about what he must do in order to find out what happened to Ren the night that they were separated. I just needed to know what happened to Ren. I thought that it was realistic in what happened, in the prison settings there is always a hierarchy. I would definitely recommend this book to other people. I only things that I did not like in the book was what made his father go off like he did at the beginning of the book and the ending. I wish that the author could have made the book in 2 parts. I would of like to know more about the ending.

  • Wrighty
    2019-06-22 23:29

    Teenagers Trigg and his younger sister Ren were sent away from their abusive father to a facility that many people don't come back from. Although their crime was committed in self defense, the New Age Order (NAO) justice system believed in swift justice, no mercy and no distinction between crimes. They were placed in township 101 with every type of criminal possible. Unlike a traditional prison system, these inmates had been released into an abandoned village surrounded by armed guards and electric fences. There were few rules from the outside because the NAO didn't really care if they survived or not. There were several rules on the inside though and Trigg and Ren had to quickly learn them in order to survive. I really enjoyed the characters and developed strong feelings for them throughout the story. Love them or hate them (and there were a few I really hated), their actions stirred up emotions. As each of their backgrounds slowly emerged the reader was able to discover why each of them came to be at 101. I would have liked to find out more about some of the secondary characters but I was still able to get the general idea. It was interesting to see what it took for all of them to find their strength and how far they were willing to go to survive. Trigg wasn't much of a fighter when it came to defending himself but he would fight to the death to protect Ren. And in an exciting final confrontation some did make that sacrifice.This was my first book by Margaret Chatwin but it won't be my last. Well written and very intense, this was an action-packed, quick read. While it's of the young adult genre it has very adult, and often violent themes so I recommend this to older teens and up.Thank you to Goodreads - Shut Up & Read! reading group (Read It and Reap 71) for an ebook in exchange for my honest review.

  • ⚝Ŧáẅņá ⚝
    2019-06-23 03:08

    This was a really good book, intense, gripping, devastating and intense. Ren is 17 and Trigg is 19, they both live with their abusive father. When Ren shoots the father in the shoulder to save her brothers life, they flee in his car which he promptly reports stolen. Trigg gets a 3 year sentence while Ren ends up with an 8 year sentence. In this society criminals are harshly punished and sent to encampments with no real guards. There are the intake people and a couple guards and electrified fences. The inside is one big crazy mess with the inmates running the show. Ren and Trigg are immediately separated. During Trigg's search for Ren through out the encampment he gets beaten up and unwittingly becomes a leader against the worst thug there.--I enjoyed this story immensely, Trigg coming from an abusive place and refusing to fight back at first and then finding out that he will have to if he wants to find his sister.--Ace was such a horrible bad guy, I mean I wanted to reach into the story and kill him. Why didn't anyone sneak in on a Thursday night and assassinate the f***er??--Ren went through so much and was such a strong character--Poor Dane! well poor everyone, but I thought Dane was great even though we didn't see much of him.--The author did a good job of flowing the story together and keeping a good pace. Also of drawing emotions out of the reader (or me at least)--Conclusion, for anyone who enjoys this type of story I recommend it. It's about kill or be killed, put up or shut up....figuring out how to do something about the injustices life has given you.

  • Leanne
    2019-06-12 05:32

    *Received e-book through Read It and Reap program from the Shut Up and Read! Goodreads group from author for an honest review**Also posted on under Leanne101 by Margaret Chatwin is told from the POV of Trigg, a teen convicted of grand theft auto while fleeing with his younger sister, Ren, who has shot their abusive father. Both of them, courtesy of the swift and reformed NAO justice system, are sent to a detention facility called Township 101 where the inmates are left to fend for themselves. They are immediately split up and Trigg endeavors to find the missing Ren, which leads to confrontations with Ace, the "leader" of the prison. Overall, 101 was an easy, fast-paced read with gritty situations and interesting characters. I admired Trigg's dedication to find and protect Ren, despite opposition from everyone else. It was heartbreaking to discover what happened to Ren, but heartwarming to see her resilience and unbroken spirit. In addition, I enjoyed the tension created by the eventual creation of the two fighting factions - the controlling, "evil" one led by Ace, and the surviving, "good" one led by Tripp. This storyline actually pleasantly reminded me of the movie, Blindness (Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo), which also deals with the breakdown of society within an isolated location without supervision. Lastly, I commend Chatwin for omitting foul language, but still successfully imparting the brutality and fierceness of the inmates, especially Ace, and the facility. I would recommend this book for older teens and adults who are fans of YA comtemporary fiction, such as Boot Camp by Todd Strasser.

  • Amy :o)
    2019-06-11 23:25

    Wow, what a ride! From the first page, you are off and running on a pretty wild adventure. Okay, maybe not adventure per say, but a wild story! This is one of those books that really sucks you right in. You want to keep reading until the end. I love a book like this. I basically could not stop reading it and when I had to stop reading I could not stop thinking about it...just waiting until I could get back to reading. Definitely a mark of a good book for me.This is a dystopian type story about Trigg and Ren. They are brother and sister who were raised by their abusive father. Things take a turn for the worse and Trigg and Ren are sentenced to a type of jail/encampment. Trigg and Ren are separated and there begins a very intense story about the way of life in the camp and poor Trigg’s search for his sister. We meet many characters some who you root for and others you hope don’t get the upper hand. I really liked how Margaret Chatwin portrayed her characters. I could really see these types of people in an encampment like she created. I also liked the story itself. It kept me on my toes and on the edge of my seat at times. I liked the flow of the story as well. Although there was a lot of action, Chatwin also let the characters sort of find themselves as well and as a reader we could see that introspection and growth. Another mark of a good book.Overall, I’d give this book a 4 to 4 ½ stars. It is a great read and one that I think a lot of people would like.*I got this book as a read2review

  • Erin Arkin
    2019-06-21 06:10

    This was an interesting book. The action starts immediately and we are taken into the life of Trigg and his younger sister Ren. They have an abusive father and when they decide to stand up for themselves, things end up going wrong. Ren and Trigg are sentenced by the NAO to spend time in township 101. The justice and prison system has taken a harder stance on all types of crime and although there is a clear benefit to the greater public, there are definite issues that result in the townships. There are a number of solid characters in this book. Trigg, Ren, Riker, Pintar, Bobby Joe, and Ace...each one had an important role to play and helped to move the story along. Despite not getting to learn a lot about each of these people outside of 101, we still learn some of their backstories where it is important.Overall I thought this was a good story and the plot kept the story moving along. There was a lot of action and the characters were strong. Both of these things are important. Additionally - this was a quick read.

  • Shelly
    2019-06-05 23:08

    101 by Margaret Chatwin grabbed me from the first page and did not let go 'til the end. I loved the characters for their devotion and persistence. The world was fascinating and thought provoking. So much happened in this book and I wanted more, more of the characters and their lives. I would definitely recommend this book (many of my Goodreads friends enjoy dystopian) and I will be looking for more from this author. I received a review copy of this book from Goodreads' Shut Up and Read group. Thank you!

  • Sarah
    2019-06-14 23:07

    absolutely loved this book. im having a hard time admitting it because i love all of Margarets books, and i dont want to pick favorites, but i really think this one is my favorite! A fantastic story about how important family is, or should be. its just an awesome made me laugh, cry, and parts of the story made me feel like the breath was knocked out of me. i love it.

  • Rachael
    2019-06-22 03:17

    Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating.Rating Clarification: 3.5For me, 101 is kind of hard to review. For the most part, I did enjoy it, and on an enjoyment level, this book would rate a solid 4 or 4.5. However, probably due to the fact that I've read so many dystopian novels or novels with a lot of action, 101 didn't seem to stand out as much. That's why I downgraded the rating to 3.5.What I like the most about 101 is the fact that it's so readable - it's definitely a quick read with lots of action and minimal romance. There's lots of fighting, planning, tears, and raiding, so if that's what you're looking for and you never get tired of it, 101 is definitely the book for you. But again, compared to the millions of other action and dystopian novels, I think I'm finally tired of them, probably making me see 101 as a little less than original.However, I liked the fact that the dystopic world presented in the book seemed realistic. I could see the NAO being formed in the future just in case the "youngsters" got out of hand, and a special prison / town for the "troubled" teens. Again, the purpose of dystopic fiction is to show what's wrong with the present or future world.My only other complaint is that a lot more serious issues seemed to be oversimplified. I'm not going to go in detail - personally, I find that a lot of them were quite gruesome, so I couldn't picture the simplistic attitude that I thought Trigg and his companions treated those issues.Overall, 101 is a pretty quick and full-of-action read! If you value action and character growth, this is definitely the book for you! As for me... I suppose I should take a break from dystopian fiction...

  • Stacey
    2019-06-22 07:21

    I did quite enjoy this book. I read it almost in one sitting which is always a giveaway to me that it is a good story. I liked the idea behind it as it probably wasn't far away from the truth of actual prisons - the set up reminded me of the prison in Prison Break season 3 but obviously with kids and with flowers and trees rather than, uh, mud. I liked that the book started with the drama but I can't help thinking that I would have liked to have known a little bit more about Trigg and Ren's day to day life. The book might have told me but it didn't stick in my head - were they students, did he work? Why was his Dad so annoyed he was late? He obviously was a horrible piece of work but there must have been an extra reason? I also was never sure what exactly Trigg looked like. I had a good idea about Ren, Pintar and Bobbie Jo but I had to kind of make up how I saw Trigg.The story was good and I think for the audience it is pitched at it is perfect as it raises moral questions about guilt and society's responsibility to the supposedly guilty. Some of the descriptions were very beautifully written and I appreciated the droll humour in places - it added very much to Trigg's character. (view spoiler)[ Some of the more serious issues - rape for example, seemed to be glossed over to me. For example, a lot of the girls seemed to accept that this was a fact of the prison - perhaps Ren had a hard as nails character that could deal with that, but there was not that sense of horror that I think could have been conveyed and I was surprised that Trigg, with the relationship he had with his sister didn't have a more extreme reaction. But this is just my opinion, obviously people's reactions to these issues are invariably going to be different.(hide spoiler)]Overall, an enjoyable book and I was pleased to have the chance to review through the Shut Up & Read group.

  • Kim
    2019-06-01 07:25

    How do I start this? This book left me feeling very sad and empty. I don't really do huge spoilers so all I'm going so say is the scene towards the end was so raw, so emotional, that I actually dropped a tear.Mild spoilers ahead. This book is about the journey of Trigg and his sister Ren who ended up serving time for shooting their abusive father. The go to a place that in my mind reminded me of a broke down dusty ghost town. After that it's an all out fight for survival for the both of them. I loved the character development in the book. I felt myself attached to Trigg and really coming to appreciate how much growth he experience in 101. I love how to housemates eventually warmed up to him and took him under their wing. I think this book also brought to light the justice system in general. To think that they would be given years in prison for defending themselves from a man that abuses them. I just had to shake my head. It's definitely something you see in the real world. Someone kills someone, they serve a couple of years. Someone robs someone, they get life. Twisted twisted. Anyways this book was excellent excellent!!! And it left me wondering if there will be another part to it. I'd definitely read it!

  • Gwynn White
    2019-06-10 07:17

    Margaret Chatwin invited me to be part of her blog tour - see - and I'm so glad she did. I really enjoyed this book. The opening is riveting and it drew me in instantly. And although, for me, there was a small slump once Trigg and Ren reached 101, the book quickly exploded into a nail-biting page turner. The characters are strong, the suspense high, and the premise intriguing - a world without mercy, only justice. I really like Trigg - first person narrator - as a character, but he wasn't my favourite. That prize is shared between Riker (Trigg's friend and housemate) and Ace - a wonderfully crafted megalomaniac killer. In general, I found the relationships in this book rich and compelling. I particularly enjoyed the build-up between Trigg and Bobby Joe - although I must confess I hated the way that ended because I was invested in them. That brings me to my next point . . . Be prepared, this book is set in a high security prison, and Chatwin is quite happy to kill off her characters if the plot demands it. Chatwin writes beautifully, and her world is both believable and frightening. I give it four stars.

  • Morgan Schell
    2019-06-22 23:15

    I am happily going to say I really liked this book! I was instantly drawn into Trigg's life and felt as though I was living every moment he was. The book synopsis however is misleading in my opinion. Sure, Ren had disappeared, but not in the way I was thinking. As I was narrowing toward the end I wasn't feeling confident things would be tidied up in time and questioned whether a sequel was in my future- because I HAD to know how everything played out! Thru-out the book I'd find myself leaning in closer to my iPad, as if the answers were hiding in the screen. Loved the conflict between the inmates and the friendships formed during harrowing times. I can't recall one moment of not being held in suspense. I was even holding off dinner until completing this book (and I take my meals very seriously), because my desire to read on won over my stomach.Will I be looking into more of this author's books? You bet!

  • Breanna Robinson
    2019-06-16 23:24

    *I received this book for review through goodreads.My thoughts: I thought this book was wonderful!!! There was action from the first page of the book til the end. I never got tired of reading it. I liked that the main character was a male and that you could see all his emotions (happy, sad, scared, and even crying at times) but don't let that put you off from reading it. You also get to see how corrupt the NAO is (which is like their new government) and how these characters survive their time in this new type of prison.I loved it and will defiantly be checking out more of Margaret Chatwin's other novels. I recommend this to anyone,you won't be sorry.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-11 23:13

    When I first started reading this book, I felt it jumped into the action almost too quickly. I had a hard time feeling for Trigg and Ren when it came to the situation they were in with their father. Once, I started to learn more about Trigg throughout the course of the book I found myself wanting to continue reading non-stop. By the end of the book I was crying. For a book to get me crying... it takes a lot.(view spoiler)[It was also nice to see a YA Dystopian without a love triangle, and from the point of view of a male. (hide spoiler)]

  • Lauren
    2019-06-13 06:28

    This book was amazing! From the very beginning I was sucked into Trigg and Ren's lives and I couldn't put it down. It was well written and the story line flowed perfectly. I also appreciated the fact that I was kept guessing what would happen next. I felt somewhat disconnected from the characters and I wasn't able to get emotionally involved (maybe it was the length), however, this didn't keep me from enjoying every single page. I loved the ending and I felt like Ms. Chatwin wrapped up the story beautifully. I would definitely recommend this as a quick afternoon read!

  • Liza Burns
    2019-06-22 04:24

    I was disappointed in this book until I was about half way through. After that I really enjoyed it! I didn't think there was enough character development at the beginning of the book to make me "emotionally attached" to any of the characters. The second half of the book had me totally hooked though! I thought it was a great story and by the end I was bawling like a baby. I definitely recommend this book.