First, what are the odds that I would read two book with the number 100 in the title back to back? Not very likely, I would say, but it has happened.
Sylvia knows she’s very different from other girls at school. First, she’s super smart and has been bumped up two grades. Second, she’s super strong and super agile. What she doesn’t know is why she’s different; this can’t just be puberty, can it? Then a group of men try to snag her and take her in an unmarked white van but she’s saved by a feisty chick who looks eerily like her. This chick, Regina, tells her that they’re sisters and there are more of them out there, all with super powers. Sylvia and Regina set out to reunite with their long lost siblings. Meanwhile, the men in the unmarked white van are staking out the other sisters while still trying to capture Sylvia and Regina. These men are sent to find the girls by a mad scientist named Dr. Tabitha Carver who is in charge of a weird government program that is growing super-powered girls in tubes. Turns out, Sylvia, Regina, and a few other “sisters” were stolen from the program and adopted into families in mainstream society and now Dr. Carver wants them all returned in time for their maturation. Can Sylvia save her test tube sisters or will Dr. Carver capture Sylvia and use Sylvia for her own evil purposes?
Thoughts: 1. Weird. 2. Gorey. 3. Weird. 4. Intriguing. So I am definitely interested in the story line and I want to see what is going to happen to Sylvia (this is supposedly only book one) but it had some crazy elements. For one, there was A LOT of death and blood. And not death by weapon but death by the hand of a 13-year-old girl. Sylvia kills a lot of people with her bare hands. Kinda creepy. Second, there was some weird suggestive sexual stuff between Dr. Carver and Peter, who is some hunter of some sort — I’m not really sure what he was. Then there is all this political stuff going on between Dr. Carver/Peter, Dr. Carver’s boss, and some unknown dude. Anyway, it was definitely action-packed and based on an interesting (if not creepy) concept that I don’t want to delve into too much for fear of spoilers but be forewarned about the gore and adult themes.
What I hated: The cover. I don’t know why but I really, really dislike the cover. I think it’s the color — teal, I guess — coupled with the yellow and red of the numbering. Second, I’m not a huge fan of the weird girls in the middle of the zeros in the number 100. Plus, I really wish it had more illustrations and was much less monochromatic. I mean, the illustrations are great inside and completely jump off the pages. I disliked the cover so much I wasn’t even going to give this book the time of day until I read this review from Reading Rants! I know, I know…never judge a book by its cover but, really, the cover is marketing and this one didn’t say “Read me!” to me.