April 5, 2015

Review: The 100 (The Hundred #1)

The 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia
Release Date: March 18, 2014
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Book Description:

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.

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As a fan of the TV show The 100, it was only a matter of time before I picked up the books and boy am I glad I did. The 100 by Kass Morgan is turning out to be one of my favorite books series so far. Getting able to see where my favorite characters derived from has probably been one of my favorite things about starting the series of books. I’m almost sorry I didn’t read them first.

The 100 follows Clarke, Bellamy, Wells, and Glass as they navigate through a post nuclear war society where humanity has lived in spaceships above earth’s radioactive atmosphere for decades. At the beginning of the book 100 juvenile delinquents from the colony are being sent to earth in hopes of finding out if it’s survivable due to the fact that the colony is running out of air. With their hopes of survival resting on the shoulders of the 100, the chancellor ships them off to earth in the dropship hoping for positive feedback and if nothing else at least some extra time with the 100 gone and no longer using oxygen on the ship.

I really liked the way Morgan introduced her characters. I also really love that we get to see different flashbacks from several points of  view within the story because in the beginning so much has already happened to these characters and in order to understand why they were incarcerated and to show the reader what motivates their actions we get these peaks into their heads throughout the entire book and I really enjoyed that.

I also love that the characters in the book are a bit different from the TV show. It’s like seeing two versions of the character you love and yet at the heart of things they really are the same people with the same basic core values. I love how determined Bellamy is to protect Octavia in the books. I love how selfless Clarke is and how her connection to Bellamy happens almost immediately.

I love getting to know Glass, who isn’t in the TV series version, but is an excellent addition to the book. She and Luke are fast becoming one of my favorite part of the series. The writing style is exceptional and it isn’t hard to follow along and really attach yourself to these characters, which is something I’m really growing to love about Morgan’s writing. Just stopping to write this before starting to read the next book in the series is making me twitchy, I need to know what happens.


The 100 leaves off on a pretty big cliffhanger and I’m hoping that The 100 Day 21 picks up soon after so we can start learning about these people who live on earth and what they’re like. With Wells and the camp being attacked, Bellamy and Clarke searching for Octavia and Glass trying to figure out if Luke is more important than staying alive, I’m very much looking forward to continuing my trek into the world Morgan has created and hoping beyond hope that the characters I’ve grown to love come out the other end alive. If you’re not reading this series, you absolutely should be!



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Author Bio:

Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels.

Kass is currently working on the sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that allows laptops on the weekend.





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