Saturday, 17 January 2015
The 100 (the 100 #1) by Kass Morgan
Book blurb (from Goodreads)
In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland... before it's too late.
Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust - and even love - again.
I saw the trailer for the TV series based of off this book whilst I was looking for another book to read, and I looked up the book on goodreads and decided that it sounded like a cool sci-fi read and got it on my Kindle because on holiday I read a lot of e-books. I ended up liking this book but not loving it.
The plot of this book was slow paced, throughout the book. It was only at the end I realized how little had actually happened in this book. I really was not until the last 3 chapters where the really interesting stuff happened. The most action happened in the memories which each character had in almost every chapter. These memories were where we got most of our information about the characters from which was a smart way of doing this. Kass Morgan would make a vague statement of something that had happened in the past and then gave us the memory of it. There was one main plot in this book, but then there was also a sub plot which I have to admit I found more interesting. Glass was one of the prisoners being sent to earth but she managed to escape, and her story is about her trying to survive on the ship. Her story was filled with a lot more mystery, romance and suspense which I think there should of been more off in the main story about the people who had actually gone to earth. I would of happily read an entire book about Glass rather than the other characters.
We followed 4 of the hundred sent to earth. To start of I am going to talk about Clark. I do not know why but I felt like she was more of the main character in this book, because I think that she had the largest presence. Her point of view was not shown anymore than the others but I just don't know. She was the most down to earth of the characters and that made her more relatable. She was also one of the only ones in this book with romance troubles. Whilst this book could do just fine without any romance on Earth I think that it did add a nice little touch to it and made Clark's life a lot more complicated. Wells was my least favourite character. Not for any real reason, I just did not like him. I didn't like how he treated Clark sometimes by just thinking that she was his, only because he came down to earth with her. Having said that though, he was also a very selfless character and made a good 'leader' for the 100. Bellamy was a strong but sweet character who was also very selfless. All characters in this book had weaknesses
and Bellamy's was protecting his sister. He fought to get on that ship to earth to protect her and whilst it was very stupid was also selfless and protective. I just hope that his sister survives so everything that he did was not for nothing. Finally there was Glass. Glass as you can probably tell from the first paragraph was my favourite. She managed to get of the ship in the commotion that Bellamy had made and went to her 'boyfriend' Luke which she hasn't seen in nine months because she was confined and has not a clue how he will react. I am not sure if it was a smart move or not. Anyway her story just continuously gets more complicated and whilst she all to often acts like the damsel in distress, you can also see how strong her time in confinement has made her and that she will never give up.
All in all I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.