Wednesday, 10 September 2014

REVIEW - The 100 by Kass Morgan


Purchased by myself!

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.


You may be watching this on tv just now swooning at the handsome young men and women on your screen not realising that there is a book that gave birth to whole tv spectacular that is The 100.

As with all book to tv adaptations there are differences but you know what they are both pretty damn good, I first read The 100 late last year/early this year and really enjoyed it and with the upcoming publication of book two - The 100: day 21, I decided to re-read the entire book again, now my copy is the one above not the new one with the actors on the front (am I bad in preferring this cover, could be because the new cover has a couple of the....no stop not going to spoil it for you if you haven't read or watched).

Set far in the future, mankind is living in space due to Earth being wiped out by a nuclear apocalypse, the whole planet is radioactive, unsafe for any living creature however as many years have passed the rulers of this new society have decided to send one hundred of their delinquents who have been locked up for varying crimes down to the surface, they are classed as expendable, though to some on the ships they are the very opposite.

There are four characters whose POV's we follow throughout the story, Clarke who was arrested for treason and carries a terrible secret, Wells the son of the chancellor who sacrificed his life on the ship to be with girl he loves but betrayed, Bellamy who risked his life to get on the earthbound ships to save his sister and Glass who was headed for Earth but managed to escape to try and find her one true love but finds her life is about to get a lot worse.

I suppose the comparison above to Lost is just, you have a whole lot of strangers on a strange planet and when things start to go wrong they turn on each other in an instant.

Their stories interlink and you find out more about their pasts and how they cope in the present, alliances are made, friendships end and romance stirs but all is not what it seems on the planet and for Glass who is still in space a horrifying discovery leads to her making some tough decisions.

The 100 is a very good read but there are a lot of things that I wanted to know more about, the story is told in a before and after style but I felt there where some gaps in information, I would like to know more about why the Earth was destroyed and how the spaceships came to be but maybe that is something being held back for the next story.

The 100 is awarded 4 out of 5

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