100 Hours (100 Hours #1) by Rachel Vincent
Published March 28, 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
A decadent spring break getaway on an exotic beach becomes a terrifying survival story when six Miami teens are kidnapped and ransomed.Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends. While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.
But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.
When I saw the cove r of this book and read the description, I immediately wanted to read it and was excited when the publisher sent me an ARC. Plus. the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I love survival type books, but can’t find many good ones and I especially liked the tropical setting. However, although the plot of this story could have been really great, it was fairly disappointing. The story is told from two perspectives, Maddie and Genesis, both of which are fairly spoiled little rich girls, but Genesis especially. I was already annoyed with her during the first chapter where she is cheating on her boyfriend, in front of him, in a local Colombian bar. The story begins with them ditching their spring break in the Bahamas and instead bribing the pilot of their private plan to bring them to Columbia instead, as that is where their parents are from and their grandmother still lives there. I don’t know much about the lives of the very rich, but this story itself seemed a bit far fetched to me.
Basically, this book could have been really great, with the story and the setting, but between the thoughts, words and actions of the overly privileged rich teenagers, which was extremely annoying, and them just randomly cheating and hooking up the whole time, it kind of ruined the plot for me. Their is a plot twist and there is a good deal of action throughout the book and the plot moves along at a steady pace. But I just really had a hard time connecting with any of the characters and I never really became invested in any of them either. The book does end with another twist and a cliffhanger, leaving the reader with an open ended story line for the next book in the series. Overall this book could have been really great if the author had toned down the privileged, rich girl monologue and had developed the characters a bit more so readers might actually become invested in their outcome. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced reading copy of the book.