Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The 100 - Kass Morgan

The 100 (The Hundred, #1)The 100 by Kass Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Hunger Games meets Lost in this spectacular new series. Now a major TV series on E4.

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-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.

I have been watching The 100 T.V series and when I found out that this was based on a book, I couldn’t wait to read it. Science fiction/fantasy is not my type of thing and I always struggle to read books of this genre. The 100 was different though, I actually really enjoyed it.

When I began reading it, I expected it to be very similar to the T.V show, the plot is similar but not the same, some of the characters are different and some have less importance in the book as the show.

The 100 is about 100 teenagers sent down to abandoned Earth from a colony in outer space, to see if it is safe enough for everyone to return. It is told from the perspective of 4 main characters; Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass, all these characters have different reasons for being sent to Earth. Throughout the book, we get flashbacks to before the characters arrived on Earth and for the reason they have ended up there. This was excellently done; sometimes I find books that have flash backs very confusing and you do not know whether they are in the past or the present. This however was written in a way that was easy for you to recongnise the flashback and the writing was also written in a different font, this made it very clear.

I thought that this book was very faced paced, which I enjoyed as it kept my interest and I was able to get through the book very quickly. I liked the balance in the book, for me as not a sci fi fan, I enjoyed other elements of the book, the love interest and the relationships developed through the book. I also really enjoyed reading about the past, on the spaceship and the different stories there.

I would have liked to have found out what had happened to the human race on Earth before it was abandoned, as we don’t know anything about this. This is just a personal opinion though and the book doesn’t feel like it’s not complete without not knowing. I thought the middle of the story felt a little flat from the beginning and building up to the end, and wow what an ending, which was unpredictable. This has you hooked into wanting to read the next book! If you love the T.V show, you will enjoy this; just don’t expect it to be identical.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not a sci fi fan either so I'm glad to see you enjoyed this! I haven't heard much about it other than its a TV show so I'm interested to give it a read!