I picked up The 100 a long time ago back when the TV series started, in hope that i would read the book and then dive right in to the series. That didn’t happen. About a year ago i tried watching one episode of it and couldn’t focus, so ultimately gave up. I had little hope for this novel as i was losing interest. That was until i found out that Kass Morgan would be talking on the YA Rebellion talk at YALC and figured i should probably read it. I was surprised.
Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Genre: Dystopian, YA, Romance, Action.
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Publication date: 29th August 2013
Summary: 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-colonize 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 pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.
The story is told from four different points of view, three of those being Bellamy, Clarke and Wells who have all been sent on a dropship back to earth from their protective spaceship. Glass managed to escape the ship that was to be sent to earth and stayed on the ship. The dropship housed 100 criminals under the age of eighteen from the spaceship to test the atmosphere on earth and ultimately see how long they could survive before the radiation catches up with them. Little did the 100 know that life on the space station was also in danger.
I had very little hope for enjoying this novel. I don’t know if that’s because i wasn’t in the mood for a YA dystopian or the TV cover of the novel was putting me off completely. But i was very wrong to make a quick judgement on the story. Because it was told in four different points of view, the pace was quick and it kept the story interesting. It made you want to read on. Also most of the chapters that were split in to characters, had parts of the present tense and also stories from the past which helped to piece together what that character had been through and more importantly, what they had done to become a criminal. These are the parts that i ended up enjoying most in the end.
I very quickly became attached to Glass, the girl who escaped the mission and stayed on the space station. She is deeply in love with Luke, a Waldon boy who shouldn’t be taking an interest in the Phoenix girl. Admittedly some of the love stories and scenes within The 100 are cliched, but the story makes up for it. The characters are all so different and that shows in the writing of the novel. It is also one of the first novels in a long time in which i have felt as connected to the side characters as i do the main characters.
The 100 felt a lot to me like The Hunger Games. This is because of the politics that are involved and the situations that the characters are thrust in to in order to survive. Saying that, it felt like something i’d never read before also, it’s a unique story with completely unique characters. I cannot wait to read the next instalment of the trilogy and start watching the TV show properly!