Review | The 100 by Kass Morgan


Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published: March 18th, 2014
Genre: Post-Apocolyptic, Dystopian, Science Fiction, YA
ISBN: 9780316234498
Age Range: 15+
Rating: 3.5/5

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.

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.

About a month ago, I had a very good friend recommend the TV show, The 100 to me. It was a horrific mistake on her part, because now I’m utterly hooked. Having blown through the TV show in a week (I miss the days of being able to binge watch stuff while I was in school), I set out to read the books.

I’ll admit that the books are a much easier, and faster read than getting invested in the TV show was. It reads quick (under a day for each book), and changes viewpoints each chapter. The show stays mostly true to the books, with some obvious differences. The characters are done differently in the books as well, which isn’t too surprising. Bellamy still has his baby sister Octavia, and Wells still managed to get himself arrested, in order to join Clarke aboard the drop ship. Glass is a character that (in two seasons) has yet to appear on the show, so she provides a different perspective of things within the books.

The book is divided into two groups; Those on the ground, and those on the Ark/spaceship. For those on the ground, they’re criminals who’ve been given a second chance. Not expected to survive the trip to Earth, they’re suddenly responsible for themselves – For shelter, food, and each other. Meanwhile, on the Ark, the battle between the classes heats up as people discover that there is not enough oxygen left to sustain life on the ship.

What I enjoyed most about the book, was the opportunity to read more about characters that I’d come to love in the TV show. With their obvious differences, and difficulties that have lead them to this point in their lives, it’s such a unique way to present a book. Yes, the dystopian theme is huge right now, and some might even say overdone. But The 100 takes the idea of dystopia, and flips it almost on it’s head.

Nobody has set foot on earth for centuries, and now this group of 100 teenagers have to use the skills they’ve learned, in space, to survive. Most teen dystopian books haven’t come close to discussing something like this, in recent years.

While the writing is almost too easy, and lacks a bit of substance here and there, overall, it was the ties to the show that kept me hooked long into the night to finish this book. I had to know what was going to happen to these characters and their budding friendships and romantic relationships. I had to know what would happen to Glass up on the Ark. I just needed the information, and couldn’t stop reading until I knew. Overall, I gave the book 3.5/5 starts, but would highly recommend it to anyone whose a fan of the show, or likes a new take on the Dystopian genre.

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