Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing We Are 100 by Nathan Timmel, who kindly sent me a digital copy of his book in exchange for an honest review. Before I get into the review, I would like to say a massive thank you to him for his time and his kindness. If you’re interested, I also did an interview with him.
We Are 100 is an action packed book which begins with Evan blowing up a pharmaceutical sales company in revenge for his wife’s death – and it doesn’t end there. It is soon revealed that Evan is part of a much bigger movement, and there are ninety nine people waiting for their turn, and to exact their own revenge. As more and more people carry on their own missions, the FBI chase down the perpetrator. Will they find them before more crimes are committed, or will it be too late?
One of my favourite things about this book was definitely the amount of action. Right from the very first pages we were thrown into the action with a literal bang. It was such an explosive start and the perfect way to begin the book, which was just as fast paced and action packed. I really enjoyed how quickly the book moved along and I found myself whizzing through the chapters!
Of course, it wasn’t just action – there were also some slower chapters where we saw the FBI trying to solve the case. These really helped to break the story up and provided a break from the action. I think this definitely helped a lot with the pacing as Timmel successfully balanced the action with the more realistic side of investigations – paperwork and interviews, for instance.
I think another thing which really stood out to me was the amount of research which had gone into it. You can always tell when reading how much the author had done in terms of research, and it seemed like he had really gone the extra mile. I love it when a book is well researched and I definitely appreciated the effort Timmel had put into it.
Of course, don’t get me wrong – it wasn’t just research! We Are 100 also had some really great references and humour in it, which is always fun to read. Some of the interactions between the group were just hilarious and I loved the banter which Susan and Michael in particular shared – they really bounced off each other, which was very amusing to read.
Speaking of Susan and Michael, I also really loved how well rounded they both were, in addition to their almost instant friendship. It was really nice to see Michael pitch in with his ideas despite being new to the field and bring a new perspective, as well as Susan’s views, as she was a lot more experienced. Both of these characters were really well developed and I would love to see them in a possible sequel or spin off!
I think these likeable characters were definitely one of the things which drew me in. Apart from the first few chapters, I read the book in one sitting, and Timmel did a really great job of pulling the reader in. The action, the characters, and the unique and interesting plot all led to me finding it impossible to put down – I needed to see how it all played out!
Of course, We Are 100 also really made me think. Timmel really challenged my idea of ‘good’ and ‘bad’, particularly as I found myself feeling for some of the ‘bad’ guys. They’d all been through a lot and there was no clear cut answer as to whether or not their actions were right – or, at least, justifiable. I think this definitely highlighted Timmel’s talent (despite this being his first work of fiction) as all of the characters were very emphatic – even the antagonist.
Overall, I would recommend We Are 100 for anyone with a taste for fast paced thrillers. I would also recommend it for anyone who enjoys reading books about the FBI and their chase for the criminal, as that was a central theme in this book.
I hope you enjoyed this review!