Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

Publication Date: 3/18/2014
Series and Book Number: The Hundred #1
Rating: 3 stars

Official Blurb:

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.

After becoming a fan of the TV version of this book, I knew I had to read these books. I will up front admit that I was a little disappointed in the book. As drama and action packed as the TV show is the books fell flat for me. I think the issue comes down to the fact that I was basing my opinions of the book versus my opinion of the TV show. I did enjoy this book, don’t get me wrong, but I feel as if the book is more for children whereas the TV is geared toward young adults. That being said if you haven’t seen the show I’d advise you read the books first before diving into the TV version.

One positive thing I noted was that the book has several points of view. You see Bellamy, Clarke, Wells, and Glass’ version of the story from their own eyes. The 100 almost has a bit of the Trueblood books vs. show vibe going on that other than the basic storyline the books are completely different that the tv show. Characters whom have been killed off the show are alive and well throughout the books and vice versa.

The plot and the story premise are almost eye catching in their uniqueness. Morgan’s ability to create both a post-apocalyptic earth as well as a space adventure is quite refreshing in the sense that you feel as if you are reading two sci-fi novels wrapped into one tight little bundle. The characters themselves are engaging, funny, and yet each one of them has that streak of ruthlessness inside thing that wills them to survive. 

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