Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review The 100

The 100 by Kass Morgan

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First Book in The 100 Series

Bookologist Analysis: This book instead of going down from space the rating was actually more towards the spaceship (high rating). The stories however were more different novellas with in a novel.

Source: New Teen Book Shelf at Library

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 recolonize 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 pair of 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 felt this book showed the continuation of human spirit through the highs and the lows (being thrown off the world because of nuclear wars/disasters). We got to see several people find love despite being on a socially divided hierarchical ship (spaceship) and Communist “world”.

What I Didn’t Like

1  Several Narratives-The story went between many different people that weren’t even all related. Glass was on the ships that were still in space going through ridiculous love story (too sappy for me). Wells was a person that I found had good intentions, but was misguided.  Clarke I felt thought she deserved too much- with her acting like a brat, not looking back at Wells, or even second guessing Octavia. Bellamy cares too much about Octavia and doesn’t get the importance of saving the human race. The characters just felt very frustrating and didn’t really grow and their plots went in circles.

2   Character Development- The characters in this book don’t grow; they just continued on with their own little world. Glass didn’t do anything heroic; she just felt the need to save people over Luke. Wells and Clarke could’ve taken better care of the camp on Earth. Bellamy was selfish to the point you could just chalk it off to love. Overall, I hope that all of them just grow up over the series.

    Lack of Worldbuilding- The 100 had a lot of events that I didn’t understand. The Catalyst and all of that humbug. I need a timeline of just a lecture on all of the future events that lead to the end of the world (yippee!). Maybe, there will be a companion textbook that they use in one of their courses (i.e.: Earth Biology (like there’s biology on a spaceship), Earth History).

What I Liked:

1   Space- I mean who doesn’t like big stars and fiery planets. The idea of living in a spaceship is always a timeless classic in the sci-fi genre. My favorite scene in space was the comet scene where they brought out the instruments from Earth twice of year (oh, my what, will the air do to them [sarcasm])! 

This book was a disappointment to me because it has such a complex cover- a montage of space and romantic pictures. I will probably keep up with the series just to see what happens (maybe the next book will be better).  Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen in real life or we are screwed for sure. Rating: ⭐️

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