Summary: 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. [Goodreads]
First of all, I have wanted to read these books since I started the tv series based on these books (the 100 airs on the CW). There are a lot of changes from page to screen, but both versions of the story are really good in my opinion. Focusing on the books: the story of humans attempting to survive post-cataclysm is getting a little old, but the spin of a colony of survivors in space is new to me, so I was excited for something different. And boy, did I choose well 🙂 the books rotate with narration (third person) from the point of view of Clarke, Wells, Bellamy, and Glass, with Glass being the only one who is still up in space to offer a view on what life is like for those still stuck. The hundred start off rocky, as any small civilization of teenage delinquents would, but as they begin to understand how to survive, it’s interesting to watch them fight outside forces while simultaneously arguing within themselves and trying not to die by Mother Nature’s hand.
Changing to the storyline on the ship, where everyone is motivated by the lack of life support and oxygen, and the guards are super scary. Things have gotten slightly out of control since the departure of the hundred, as well as the fact that Wells’s father and the Chancellor of the Colony is in a coma after being shot by Bellamy (so that B could go with his sister Octavia to Earth). It seems confusing, and although it can be at times, Kass Morgan does an amazing job of describing everything in just enough detail that the story makes sense while staying at a reasonable length. Although I am always game for a good love story ( ¯\_(ツ)_/¯), there were times where it felt like the romance was a bit forced and that the focus wasn’t where it should be. However, there were also times when the relationship moments were perfectly timed to remind the reader that the characters may make mistakes, but they do what they believe is right and any of them will do anything and everything to protect the people they love, which is an important message throughout the entirety of the trilogy.
Pertaining to this book alone, the story starts off very strong. Each characters unique voice and personality contribute a different view on the events of the novel and leave readers looking forward to the next installment. There were a few minor things I didn’t particularly like in the story, such as the aforementioned large focus on romance and some minor details lacking, but other than that, I would recommend this to many and most.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Favorite quote: “But Bellamy had been doing stupid things his whole life, and he had no intention of stopping now.”