Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance
Where I received the book: I bought this book from the Book Depository
Star rating: ★★☆☆☆
Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.
CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.
Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.
I’m assuming most people have seen the show and are wanting to read the book, so this review includes some references to the show.
I was really excited to start reading this book because I love the TV show. Unfortunately, the book is nothing like the show. Was there even a climax to this novel? I didn’t like half the characters; the only one I liked was Bellamy. Clarke was a bit snobby and kind of rude. Wells just annoyed me the whole time. At first, I thought maybe I didn’t like him because of the TV show, but it wasn’t that at all; he’s just some snobby kid who’s dad has a lot of power.He thinks he’s some kind of many man who must protect Clarke, when she can do fine on her own. I was highly annoyed by the portrayal of his character. His purpose was to make Clarke sad and angry.
What was the point of Glass’s story? It was so boring and irrelevant. Her arc doesn’t even interact with Clarke’s or the others on Earth. She managed to escape, and the story follows her and how she loves a guy from another area of the ship. Her POV’s bored me so much, I wish they’d been cut from the final novel.
One thing I like is how the Grounders (I’m assuming it’s them) are introduced at the very end. I wish it was sooner, it would have made the story cooler, but no; it’s the last line. REALLY??? The next book will probably be much better in terms of there actually being something going on.
This novel is just the catalog of some kids who go to Earth and have issues with each other. And their discovery of everything we take for granted about Earth, that they love and adore about it.
Overall, I would rate this 2.5 stars, because it had some good ideas -they just weren’t portrayed very well / in a very interesting manner.