Author: Kass Morgan
Series: The 100, Book One
Genre: Young Adult/YA, Sci-Fi
Read: 9th June 2015
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 re-colonise 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 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 past, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.
To read this book and really enjoy it, you have to separate it from the show. Because the TV show is, for once, actually a lot better than the book. There’s no Finn, Raven, Jasper, Monty or Murphy in the book, which I’m really disappointed about because Raven, Jasper and Monty have always been my favourite characters in the show. I also prefer how in the TV show, characters such as Octavia and Bellamy have been aged up from 14 and 20 to 17 and 23.
What I do like about the book is having Glass’s perspective of what’s going on in the ship. Known as the ARK in the TV show, it’s called the Colony in the book and separate into a class system of Phoenix, Arcadia and Walden. Things are harsh and strict and they’re running out of air and the juvenile delinquents are being executed rather than given a second chance at life aboard the Colony. Through Glass, we really see the social divides that are in the show making more sense.
The book sees through Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass’s perspectives and through their different points of view we really get a feel for how they are trying to survive and make the most of what they have been given. Being sent to Earth against their will, they have to survive Earth – a planet they believe has been untouched by humans for the last three centuries – before the rest of the Colony will join them and live once again on Earth, rather than in space. In comparison to the show, three centuries was a lot more believable to be off Earth than 97 years.
Taking place over barely three weeks, I think I’ll need to get the next two books in the series before I can fully appreciate the books. However, the TV show holds a much higher place in my heart and I recommend you watch it and keep the book separate in your mind.
If you liked Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi you’ll find this an enjoyable book. If you like dystopian novels where the Earth is basically broken and humanity has fled it, you’ll like this book. However, I strongly recommend you just watch the TV show and only read the book if you’re curious as to where the TV show got it’s basis.
I have given this book a 3/5 🌟