The 100 - Book Review
YA Science Fiction
(Book #1 in the 100 series)
UK Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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.
Clark was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. Wells, the chancellors 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 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 heros, but they may be mankind last hope.
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of watching the TV series before I read the books, and after the brilliance of the tv show - I’m afraid I found the book a little disappointing. While the book does have more characters, the plot is very different and I imagine, I would have enjoyed the book much more if I didn't have the show to compare it too. Definitely read the books first!
The book itself is told from the perspectives of four characters. Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass. All teenagers, who are to be among the first 100 people sent back to Earth, their mission: to see if the Earth is now habitable once more after the nuclear war that forced their ancestors to take refuge in space centuries ago. But while the first three characters journey to Earth, forced to try and survive on their limited supplies and even more limited knowledge of the land itself, Glass manages to escape back onto the ship. But the ship is facing troubles of its own, and as the 100 seek to survive on the ground, the rest of the human population seek to survive in space…
While I didn't fall in love with this book, it was still an ok read. The characters are interesting people, each with hidden secrets and their own self serving agendas. We get to know each persons’ personality in depth, and at the core they are all good people who are just fighting to make it through to the next day. Character development is a definite plus for this book.
However, the romance in this book was a little underwhelming. I felt sorry for some characters, and grew really annoyed with others. So many complications that would have been made simple if people had just told the truth! The only thing I really liked about the romance in this story is that two of my favourite characters from the show got a kissing scene. However if you don't watch the show, I don't thing the scene itself would have meant much to you otherwise.
In terms of plot, there wasn't that much action - and what action their was mostly came through in flashbacks and as backstory. Also sometimes the scenes felt a little disjointed what with each chapter jumping to a different character. Yet things definitely picked up more towards the end when the stakes were raised for each character. However the ending I felt came to soon, without much really happening. Sadly, I’m pretty sure I wont be reading the next book.
Overall I give the book 2.5 stars.