Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Series: The Hundred (Book One)
Who’s it for? Teens and up!
What’s it about? Years and years ago there was a Nuclear War which devastated the Earth and forced humanity to live in spaceships – free from the harmful radiation. To preserve the human race the colony is governed by strict rules – those under 18 who break them are Confined. Now, a hundred of those teenagers are being sent back down to Earth to see if the planet can be recolonised once more. But with politics taking a nasty turn on the ships and some brutal secrets threatening to spill; nothing is quite as it seems.
What’s good about it? I thought this was brilliant. I read it in one sitting till the early hours and was left utterly shocked by the ending and hating that I now have to wait so long for the sequel.
The thing is it’s not something that immediately grabs you – don’t get me wrong, it’s not that the opening’s dull, it’s not – but it’s a gradual thing. It crept up on me to the point where, even though it was one o’clock in the morning, I actually couldn’t put it down, because I had to know what happened.
I quite liked the four different POV’s, although there wasn’t an enormous difference between the character voices. It’s in the flashbacks where the real action is and I loved the way it was drip fed – although I will concede others might find it irritating as it does, on occasion, kill the pace.
It’s such an interesting premise! The remnants of humanity living on spaceships, the Earth ravaged by a Nuclear War, with a group of teenage prisoners being sent to see if it was safe to colonise once more – there is very little not to love about that. The politics behind keeping humanity going are fantastic – this is a world where people still aren’t born equal, where some have all the luxuries and others only have them intermittently – if at all.
I loved the world building – what there was – it was amazing! I wanted more though so I have high hopes for the sequel!
The ending. Oh the ending. I hated it (I wanted more of a resolution!). I loved it (Oh my word, there are some cracking reveals).
Glass and Luke. They’re wonderful.
What’s bad about it? I could do without the love triangle. The major downside of this for me is that I think that one relationship is going to continuously be on-again-off-again, and if that turns out to be true I’m going to be very irritated.
Bellamy seemed to be oddly fantastic at hunting from the get-go. I mean I get that he studied books, but, as much as I adore books, they don’t provide practical experience handling a bow and arrow.
The verdict? I borrowed this from a colleague who received an advance copy from the publisher and I was utterly enthralled by the premise before I’d even read a page.
This was an oddly compelling read! It’s been turned in to a TV series (which from the trailer [some spoilers within it] already has some pretty big differences from the book) and you can see why when you read it. I loved it – but it’s not without it’s issues: the character voices aren’t quite different enough – aside from Glass – and if there was no more written about the love triangle that came up I would be very happy. Yet some of the pairings were romantic; Glass and Luke were utterly adorable. Good things and terrible, despicable things were all done in the name of love and it was interesting to see the contrast.
However … that ending. How could it end there?! Be aware that if you choose to read this (and you should because it’s fascinating, truly) then it’s going to be a horrible wait for the sequel. But I think it might be a marmite read: you’ll either love it, or hate it.
And I loved it.