The 100 (The 100 Series #1)by Kass Morgan
In the future, humans live in citylike 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
In the future, humans live in citylike 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.
"Dark and riveting...A mash-up of The Lord of the Flies, Across the Universe, and The Hunger Games."Booklist
"A mash-up of the hit TV reality show Survivor and traditional science fiction...Morgan's weave of pop-culture elements and politics make for a gripping read."School Library Journal
"Likely to be a hit with readers who want their Pretty Little Liars mixed with Lord of the Flies."The Bulletin
Gr 9 Up—In this debut sci-fi action adventure, humans inhabit the Moon after migrating over a century ago to escape radiation poisoning on Earth. After evaluating the diminishing resources as well as the population explosion, the government decides that the time is ripe for recolonizing Earth-starting with a secret mission involving 100 teenage criminals shipped off to battle for survival. Morgan recounts the experience through a key group of Confined. Glass Sorenson is the only one to escape the ship before it blasts off; her narrative offers insight into both the wealthy and poor districts of the space colony, in addition to the terrors of living in a deteriorating atmosphere. Clarke Griffin, friend of Glass and medical student Confined as an accessory to her parents' crimes, is dispatched to Earth along with the 100 and followed there by her ex-boyfriend, Wells. Wells is the antihero, his character driven by radical love for Clarke, an obsession with keeping her safe (especially at the expense of those she cares about), and determination to establish a civilized colony. The novel's political message noticeably emulates the ancient debate over the ability to lead vs. the predetermined right to lead. The 100 is a mash-up of the hit TV reality show Survivor and traditional science fiction such Arthur C. Clarke's "Space Odyssey" series and H.G. Wells's An Experiment in Prophecy, down to the names. Overall, Morgan's weave of pop-culture elements and politics make for a gripping read.—Jamie-Lee Schombs, Loyola School, New York City
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The door slid open, and Clarke knew it was time to die.
Her eyes locked on the guard's boots, and she braced for the rush of fear, the flood of desperate panic. But as she rose up onto her elbow, peeling her shirt from the sweat-soaked cot, all she felt was relief.
She'd been transferred to a single after attacking a guard, but for Clarke, there was no such thing as solitary. She heard voices everywhere. They called to her from the corners of her dark cell. They filled the silence between her heartbeats. They screamed from the deepest recesses of her mind. It wasn't death she craved, but if that was the only way to silence the voices, then she was prepared to die.
She'd been Confined for treason, but the truth was far worse than anyone could've imagined. Even if by some miracle she was pardoned at her retrial, there'd be no real reprieve. Her memories were more oppressive than any cell walls.
The guard cleared his throat as he shifted his weight from side to side. "Prisoner number 319, please stand." He was younger than she'd expected, and his uniform hung loosely from his lanky frame, betraying his status as a recent recruit. A few months of military rations weren't enough to banish the specter of malnutrition that haunted the Colony's poor outer ships, Walden and Arcadia.
Clarke took a deep breath and rose to her feet.
"Hold out your hands," he said, pulling a pair of metal restraints from the pocket of his blue uniform. Clarke shuddered as his skin brushed against hers. She hadn't seen another person since they'd brought her to the new cell, let alone touched one.
"Are they too tight?" he asked, his brusque tone frayed by a note of sympathy that made Clarke's chest ache. It'd been so long since anyone but Thalia—her former cell mate and her only friend in the world—had shown her compassion.
She shook her head.
"Just sit on the bed. The doctor's on his way."
"They're doing it here?" Clarke asked hoarsely, the words scraping against her throat. If a doctor was coming, that meant they were forgoing her retrial. It shouldn't have come as a surprise. According to Colony law, adults were executed immediately upon conviction, and minors were Confined until they turned eighteen and then given one final chance to make their case. But lately, people were being executed within hours of their retrial for crimes that, a few years ago, would have been pardoned.
Still, it was hard to believe they'd actually do it in her cell. In a twisted way, she'd been looking forward to one final walk to the hospital where she'd spent so much time during her medical apprenticeship—one last chance to experience something familiar, if only the smell of disinfectant and the hum of the ventilation system—before she lost the ability to feel forever.
The guard spoke without meeting her eyes. "I need you to sit down."
Clarke took a few short steps and perched stiffly on the edge of her narrow bed. Although she knew that solitary warped your perception of time, it was hard to believe she had been here—alone—for almost six months. The year she'd spent with Thalia and their third cell mate, Lise, a hard-faced girl who smiled for the first time when they took Clarke away, had felt like an eternity. But there was no other explanation. Today had to be her eighteenth birthday, and the only present waiting for Clarke was a syringe that would paralyze her muscles until her heart stopped beating. Afterward, her lifeless body would be released into space, as was the custom on the Colony, left to drift endlessly through the galaxy.
A figure appeared in the door and a tall, slender man stepped into the cell. Although his shoulder-length gray hair partially obscured the pin on the collar of his lab coat, Clarke didn't need the insignia to recognize him as the Council's chief medical advisor. She'd spent the better part of the year before her Confinement shadowing Dr. Lahiri and couldn't count the number of hours she'd stood next to him during surgery. The other apprentices had envied Clarke's assignment, and had complained of nepotism when they discovered that Dr. Lahiri was one of her father's closest friends. At least, he had been before her parents were executed.
"Hello, Clarke," he said pleasantly, as if he were greeting her in the hospital dining room instead of a detention cell. "How are you?"
"Better than I'll be in a few minutes, I imagine."
Dr. Lahiri used to smile at Clarke's dark humor, but this time he winced and turned to the guard. "Could you undo the cuffs and give us a moment, please?"
The guard shifted uncomfortably. "I'm not supposed to leave her unattended."
"You can wait right outside the door," Dr. Lahiri said with exaggerated patience. "She's an unarmed seventeen-year-old. I think I'll be able to keep things under control."
The guard avoided Clarke's eyes as he removed the handcuffs. He gave Dr. Lahiri a curt nod as he stepped outside.
"You mean I'm an unarmed eighteen-year-old," Clarke said, forcing what she thought was a smile. "Or are you turning into one of those mad scientists who never knows what year it is?" Her father had been like that. He'd forget to program the circadian lights in their flat and end up going to work at 0400, too absorbed in his research to notice that the ship's corridors were deserted.
"You're still seventeen, Clarke," Dr. Lahiri said in the calm, slow manner he usually reserved for patients waking up from surgery. "You've been in solitary for three months."
"Then what are you doing here?" she asked, unable to quell the panic creeping into her voice. "The law says you have to wait until I'm eighteen."
"There's been a change of plans. That's all I'm authorized to say."
"So you're authorized to execute me but not to talk to me?" She remembered watching Dr. Lahiri during her parents' trial. At the time, she'd read his grim face as an expression of his disapproval with the proceedings, but now she wasn't sure. He hadn't spoken up in their defense. No one had. He'd simply sat there mutely as the Council found her parents—two of Phoenix's most brilliant scientists—to be in violation of the Gaia Doctrine, the rules established after the Cataclysm to ensure the survival of the human race. "What about my parents? Did you kill them, too?"
Dr. Lahiri closed his eyes, as if Clarke's words had transformed from sounds into something visible. Something grotesque. "I'm not here to kill you," he said quietly. He opened his eyes and then gestured to the stool at the foot of Clarke's bed. "May I?"
When Clarke didn't reply, Dr. Lahiri walked forward and sat down so he was facing her. "Can I see your arm, please?" Clarke felt her chest tighten, and she forced herself to breathe. He was lying. It was cruel and twisted, but it'd all be over in a minute.
She extended her hand toward him. Dr. Lahiri reached into his coat pocket and produced a cloth that smelled of antiseptic. Clarke shivered as he swept it along the inside of her arm. "Don't worry. This isn't going to hurt."
Clarke closed her eyes.
She remembered the anguished look Wells had given her as the guards were escorting her out of the Council chambers. While the anger that had threatened to consume her during the trial had long since burned out, thinking about Wells sent a new wave of heat pulsing through her body, like a dying star emitting one final flash of light before it faded into nothingness.
Her parents were dead, and it was all his fault.
Dr. Lahiri grasped her arm, his fingers searching for her vein. See you soon, Mom and Dad.
His grip tightened. This was it.
Clarke took a deep breath as she felt a prick on the inside of her wrist.
"There. You're all set."
Clarke's eyes snapped open. She looked down and saw a metal bracelet clasped to her arm. She ran her finger along it, wincing as what felt like a dozen tiny needles pressed into her skin.
"What is this?" she asked frantically, pulling away from the doctor.
"Just relax," he said with infuriating coolness. "It's a vital transponder. It will track your breathing and blood composition, and gather all sorts of useful information."
"Useful information for who?" Clarke asked, although she could already feel the shape of his answer in the growing mass of dread in her stomach.
"There've been some exciting developments," Dr. Lahiri said, sounding like a hollow imitation of Wells's father, Chancellor Jaha, making one of his Remembrance Day speeches. "You should be very proud. It's all because of your parents."
"My parents were executed for treason."
Dr. Lahiri gave her a disapproving look. A year ago, it would've made Clarke shrink with shame, but now she kept her gaze steady. "Don't ruin this, Clarke. You have a chance to do the right thing, to make up for your parents' appalling crime."
There was a dull crack as Clarke's fist made contact with the doctor's face, followed by a thud as his head slammed against the wall. Seconds later, the guard appeared and had Clarke's hands twisted behind her back. "Are you all right, sir?" he asked.
Dr. Lahiri sat up slowly, rubbing his jaw as he surveyed Clarke with a mixture of anger and amusement. "At least we know you'll be able to hold your own with the other delinquents when you get there."
"Get where?" Clarke grunted, trying to free herself from the guard's grip.
"We're clearing out the detention center today. A hundred lucky criminals are getting the chance to make history." The corners of his mouth twitched into a smirk. "You're going to Earth."
The Chancellor had aged. Although it'd been less than six weeks since Wells had seen his father, he looked years older. There were new streaks of gray by his temples, and the lines around his eyes had deepened.
"Are you finally going to tell me why you did it?" the Chancellor asked with a tired sigh.
Wells shifted in his chair. He could feel the truth trying to claw its way out. He'd give almost anything to erase the disappointment on his father's face, but he couldn't risk it—not before he learned whether his reckless plan had actually worked.
Wells avoided his father's gaze by glancing around the room, trying to memorize the relics he might be seeing for the last time: the eagle skeleton perched in a glass case, the few paintings that had survived the burning of the Louvre, and the photos of the beautiful dead cities whose names never ceased to send chills down Wells's spine.
"Was it a dare? Were you trying to show off for your friends?" The Chancellor spoke in the same low, steady tone he used during Council hearings, then raised an eyebrow to indicate that it was Wells's turn to talk.
"Were you overcome by some temporary bout of insanity? Were you on drugs?" There was a faint note of hopefulness in his voice that, in another situation, Wells might've found amusing. But there was nothing humorous about the look in his father's eyes, a combination of weariness and confusion that Wells hadn't seen since his mother's funeral.
Wells felt a fleeting urge to touch his father's arm, but something other than the handcuffs shackling his wrists kept him from reaching across the desk. Even as they had gathered around the release portal, saying their final, silent good- byes to Wells's mother, they'd never bridged the six inches of space between their shoulders. It was as if Wells and his father were two magnets, the charge of their grief repelling them apart.
"Was it some kind of political statement?" His father winced slightly, as though the thought hit him like a physical blow. "Did someone from Walden or Arcadia put you up to it?"
"No, sir," Wells said, biting back his indignation. His father had apparently spent the past six weeks trying to recast Wells as some kind of rebel, reprogramming his memories to help him understand why his son, formerly a star student and now the highest-ranked cadet, had committed the most public infraction in history. But even the truth would do little to mitigate his father's confusion. For the Chancellor, nothing could justify setting fire to the Eden Tree, the sapling that had been carried onto Phoenix right before the Exodus. Yet for Wells, it hadn't been a choice. Once he'd discovered that Clarke was one of the hundred being sent to Earth, he'd had to do something to join them. And as the Chancellor's son, only the most public of infractions would land him in Confinement.
Wells remembered moving through the crowd at the Remembrance Ceremony, feeling the weight of hundreds of eyes on him, his hand shaking as he removed the lighter from his pocket and produced a spark that glowed brightly in the gloom. For a moment, everyone had stared in silence as the flames wrapped around the tree. And even as the guards rushed forward in sudden chaos, no one had been able to miss whom they were dragging away.
"What the hell were you thinking?" the Chancellor asked, staring at him in disbelief. "You could've burned down the whole hall and killed everyone in it."
It would be better to lie. His father would have an easier time believing that Wells had been carrying out a dare. Or perhaps he could try to pretend he had been on drugs. Either of those scenarios would be more palatable to the Chancellor than the truth—that he'd risked everything for a girl.
The hospital door closed behind him but Wells's smile stayed frozen in place, as if the force it had taken to lift the corners of his mouth had permanently damaged the muscles in his face. Through the haze of drugs, his mother had probably thought his grin looked real, which was all that mattered. She'd held Wells's hand as the lies poured out of him, bitter but harmless. Yes, Dad and I are doing fine. She didn't need to know that they'd barely exchanged more than a few words in weeks. When you're better, we'll finish Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. They both knew that she'd never make it to the final volume.
Wells slipped out of the hospital and started walking across B deck, which was mercifully empty. At this hour, most people were either at tutorials, work, or at the Exchange. He was supposed to be at a history lecture, normally his favorite subject. He'd always loved stories about ancient cities like Rome and New York, whose dazzling triumphs were matched only by the magnitude of their downfalls. But he couldn't spend two hours surrounded by the same tutorial mates who had filled his message queue with vague, uncomfortable condolences. The only person he could talk to about his mother was Glass, but she'd been strangely distant lately.
Wells wasn't sure how long he'd been standing outside the door before he realized he'd arrived at the library. He allowed the scanner to pass over his eyes, waited for the prompt, and then pressed his thumb against the pad. The door slid open just long enough for Wells to slip inside and then closed behind him with a huffy thud, as if it had done Wells a great favor by admitting him in the first place.
Wells exhaled as the stillness and shadows washed over him. The books that been evacuated onto Phoenix before the Cataclysm were kept in tall, oxygen-free cases that significantly slowed the deterioration process, which is why they had to be read in the library, and only then for a few hours at a time. The enormous room was hidden away from the circadian lights, in a state of perpetual twilight.
For as long as he could remember, Wells and his mother had spent Sunday evenings here, his mother reading aloud to him when he was little, then reading side by side as he got older. But as her illness progressed and her headaches grew worse, Wells had started reading to her. They'd just started volume two of Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire the evening before she was admitted to the hospital.
He wove through the narrow aisles toward the English Language section and then over to History, which was tucked into a dark back corner. The collection was smaller than it should've been. The first colonial government had arranged for digital text to be loaded onto Phoenix, but fewer than a hundred years later, a virus wiped out most of the digital archives, and the only books left were those in private collections—heirlooms handed down from the original colonists to their descendants. Over the past century, most of the relics had been donated to the library.
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Meet the Author
Kass Morgan is the author of The 100 series, which is now a television show on the CW. She received a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's degree from Oxford University. She currently works as an editor and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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This book is incredible. I will have to admit that there were some snoozer parts in there. I just finished it and just about screamed of irritation because there is a second half to the book. I should have known. now I will have to wait for the next to come. yay....I LOVE waiting. word of advice...don't read it until the second book comes.
WOW! I was skeptical of reading this because I have started watching the tv version of the 100( a must see, but you have to go into it with an open mind because the two versions are COMPLETELY different), but I am sooo glad that I did. The author chose to show the thoughts and feelings of the characters from each point of view,which I thought was very unique and indepth. The whole story is about a group of teenage convicts who are chosed to go down to Earth to test and see if it is habitable( they are the test trials in a desperate attempt to save the human race). Once they land they have to fave their fears of the unknown, and they have to struggle to survive. The whole story is a tornado of emotions with a certain love triangle that will leave you wanting more. . . Clarke- The daughter of two doctors with big secrets that lead to their deaths and also leaving Clarke alone with only her guilt and anger. She is one of the chosen convicts to have the " privledge" to go down to earth with her ex- boyfriend Wells, a new stranger who tempts her to let go of herself (and open up to him) named Bellamy, Bellamy's sister Octavia, and her best friend who gets injured in the crash to Earth. All the while a girl named Glass escaped to stay on the spaceship for her love Luke. But as Clarke struggles to let go of her past, she can't stop being as serious as she is and the emotions that she carries around just make you want to cheer her on. Bellamy- The stranger who shot the Chanceler to escape onto the ship to earth for his sister. Bellamy has led a hard life for a 20 year old, he has had ro raise his sister( who wasn't even suposed to be born because of the law saying that each person can only have one child), and now he is on Earth a planet he has only ever heard and read about. On the outside he is the fierce brother that would do ANYTHING for his sister, but on the inside he is a romantic almost in a rough poetic type of way. He was hurt once by a girl and is afraid to open up again, but Clarke just might change that. . . Wells- The typical nice guy who is son of the Chanceler. He broke a law just so he would be forced to be one of the 100 so that he could be with Clarke. Once on Earth he tries to restore order to unwilling people who don't want to be under rule again, all the while he is trying to win Clarke over. I have mixed feelings about Wells, he tries so hard to make up for his mistakes with Clarke, but everything he does just turns jut wrong. He seems too much of a pushover for Clarke who is strong and independent. If I was Clarke I would want Bellamy. . . Glass- A girl who has struggled through a relationship for the love of her life Luke. She was convicted and forced away from him, yet things change since the 100 leave because she escaped the drop by hiding. Her mom sees that she gets pardoned, but what will happen once Luke learns why she was convicted in the first place. . . I really reccomend this book, and I give a two thumps up to the author, amazing story!!! #teamBellamy;)
This was truly a great book, I could not put it down- literally. I got it at 10 in the morning and finished at 5 at night. It was good, the plot was really interesting and futuristic. I loved the settings, characters and plot. The only thing or things I absolutely hated about the book is the ending and the fact the next book isn't out and the let downs on some of the characters. But the characters certainly made a very interesting book and plot. Overall, this book was a 4 throughout the book but the ending for somethings made it a 3. But if you are thinking of reading this book, read it!
This book is amazing! It has...action, adventure, and romance. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but each one has so much personality it isn't difficult. The story line is about a huge space station housing the remnants of Earth's population after a nuclear war destroys the planet. Now, the station is falling apart and there aren't enough resources left to keep all the inhabitants alive. Not sure if Earth is habitable, a group of 100 kids who are criminals are sent to down to the surface to see if they can survive. I highly recommend this book. It is a syfy Lord of the Flies in Land of the Lost. A tv series of the book was just launched, so far the book is better. Jp
Getting into the characters and liking it more or less then. BAM! Acnowledgements..... um where did the rest of the book go? Oh you split it up to make a sequal how kind of you to give us some time to prepare for the second half, and bonus yall, we get to pay for the privelege. Aint that thoughtful.
It was an AMAZING read! I loved it! I fell in love with the characters immediately! I devoured this book in a few days. I really liked the idea of "criminals" being sent down to earth and experiencing it for the first time. The ending shocked me and left me wanting more. But I loved it! To be honest, I've looked at the world differently since reading this book!
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.) This book had an awesome premise. One hundred criminals are sent to Earth to determine if humanity can return there after being ravaged by some kind of nuclear attack three hundred years before. Sign me up! ...unfortunately, what The 100 promised in its blurb is not what it delivered, and I was majorly disappointed. For a book with just over three hundred pages, The 100 covers four different POVs. While I normally don't mind multiple POVs in a story, four is too many for a book this short. The reader doesn't really get to spend enough time in anyone's POV to really get to know them, so as a result, I didn't find myself attached to anyone. I generally need to be engaged with the characters to enjoy a book, so that was a major problem for me personally. Some of the main characters are flat-out unlikable, and others just aren't developed enough for me to care. The reader is also given very little to go on in terms of the two major settings in this book. The Colony is split into three sections: Phoenix, which seems to be for the richer or otherwise more privileged inhabitants of the ship, and Walden and Arcadia, where the poorer or more disadvantaged people live. Other than giving us the information that there is a bridge between the sections of the ship and that each section has a market and residential areas, I finished the book not really knowing what anything looked like or what the general layout was other than that there is a bridge (somewhere) and there is more than one level. There is also one section of the entire ship that we only know of by name and know pretty much nothing about, and none of the characters visits it across the entire three hundred pages of the book, which made me wonder why the ship was split into three parts in the first place, if one of them is basically not even in the book. It's also heavily hinted that the Earth the hundred criminals are landing on is going to be a savage, dangerous place, but the reader is given almost no details to differentiate it from Earth as we know it today. The surrounding area the hundred live in is also fairly vague. I never really got a feeling for where they end up living, other than knowing of a few landmarks that are some vague distance away. In the end, what could have been a really interesting, awesome setting just turns into a vague blob with some not-so-vague blobs around it. It is also important to note that while The 100 frames itself as a science fiction novel with some romance novels, it is more of a romance novel taking place in a sci-fi/post-apocalyptic setting. The focus is definitely first and foremost on the romance, and everything else takes a backseat, to the book's detriment. The writing itself wasn't bad, and I think I could have enjoyed the book had it trimmed the POVs down to two (one on Earth and one on the Colony would have been fine) or even just one, but as it is, I couldn't get to know any of the characters or the place, which made it really hard for me to care about what was happening. :(
Great story..better than the show can't wait for the sequel!
Very Good must read book
Unlike many books, I find that the tv series may out do the book. I was forcing myself to read it and did not care much for the characters.
Very interesting book, but it has only 223 pages, not 352. Way too expensive for the number of pages.
Soon to be a CW TV Series, The 100 follows a group of 100 delinquents in the dystopian future where no one has been on Earth for a while. There should be another installment coming soon. This reminds me of Divergent, The Hunger Games and the Lord of the Flies.
It kept me intrigued, pretty quick read.
I was happy to see the books are very different from the TV series. The book was reasonably good but still needs work due to the slow pace. Too much filler makes it somewhat tedious but at least it was a fast read. Even the action sequences seem muted down and the cliffhanger was an eye-roller.
...but I'll never encourage anyone to waste time reading it.
While I enjoyed listening to The 100, it didn't really impress me very much. It was an interesting story, but never went deep enough for me to connect to the story or the characters. I have listened to this audiobook twice, and I am still confused about the relationships between all the characters. Clarke used to date Wells, who is best friends with Glass, who was dating Luke, who is now dating Camille, who I think is maybe friends with someone else. I honestly have no idea. There are so many connections and the point of view changed so often that I kept losing track of who had connections with other characters. The one character that I liked the most was Bellamy, but I didn't develop any connection to or concern for the other characters. While the story was interesting and full of action, some of the storytelling needed some work. For example, there is a scene where two space stations are sealed off from each other in an effort to preserve oxygen. Yet one of the characters climbs through the air ducts to get from one station to the other. If everything is sealed off to preserve oxygen, it shouldn't be so easy to travel through the air ducts. It makes no sense. This is the most glaring example, but there were other instances in the book where I wished details had been more fleshed out. The concept of the story is really interesting, and I kept finding myself wanting more and getting let down. All in all, the story was entertaining, but not one that will stick with me for a long time. I haven't seen the TV show yet, but I can understand why so many people say the show is so much better. I can picture a lot of the scenes having great potential for TV. Seeing this story unravel on the screen will probably help to flesh out the details I was missing in the book. I enjoyed the story enough that I will probably listen to the next book at some point in the future. And I really want to finally watch the show. But unfortunately, I am already having trouble remembering a lot of details about the story because it didn't have a tremendous impact on me.
warning: this review contains spoilers for the television show So, after marathoning seasons two and three of The 100 television show in two days, I knew that I had to check out the book series. I had heard that they were really different than the television show, which is completely fine. I just wanted more of the characters to hold me over until season four released! Clarke was just like she was in the show. Extremely caring and a kind of leader. Except her parents were both killed, instead of just her father. Yeah, I didn't see that coming! I really liked that Wells was actually alive in the book series. I had always wondered what the story would've been like if he hadn't died within the second episode of the television series! I'm not the biggest fan of him, mainly because it was his fault that Clarke's parents were floated, but it it creates an interesting storyline with him still alive and well. It's also really cool that he and Clarke actually had a relationship in the book. As in, they dated. I felt like Wells was kind of selfish at times too. He kept mentioning how everything he did was for Clarke to the point where it wasn't really romantic at all, just annoying and creepy. Octavia is so young now! I'm not sure if I'm recalling correctly, but I'm pretty sure that she wasn't fourteen in the television show. She is in the book! It definitely makes the relationship between Bellamy and Octavia slightly different, but in an okay way. I was a little annoyed that it was randomly thrown in that Octavia has drug issues. She did pretty well at hiding it because when it was revealed, it seemed so out-of-place. Glass is a really interesting character. She is absolutely nonexistent in the television show, so it's interesting learning about a new character that was meant to be there! I think that she's pretty great because she is still on the ship, thus showing the reader what is happening there. In the television show, we see through Jaha on the spaceship. Bellamy is my favorite, though he's my favorite in the show too. It seems like Bellamy and Clarke might actually get together in the books! I'd be so happy if they did, because I've been rooting for it through the television show endlessly. The only thing that bothered me about the book version of Bellamy is that he really wasn't much of a leader. He basically just kept trying to help Octavia.
I will admit that I watched the first season of the show before I read the book. Well not really watched… my boyfriend at the time’s roommate watched the show so it was on when I was over. Regardless, I ended up wanting to read the book more than I wanted to continue watching the show. Shocking, right? I thought that the idea of the story was original enough to pass as not being a copy of another work. Meaning that I’ve seen the whole “we left earth because it wasn’t safe but now we want to return” idea before. I really enjoyed the story. Kass Morgan’s writing was intriguing and engaging enough that I couldn’t put the book down. I’m not going to lie, I loved the book way better than the TV show, which I guess some other readers didn’t, but hey everyone has their own opinions. This story is told in multiple points of view, at least four if I am remembering correctly. I didn’t mind this at all. I like having the different perspectives of the characters and knowing how everyone is feeling. I especially loved Bellamy’s chapters and found myself wishing for more. There is a love triangle in this novel between Clarke and Bellamy, and Clarke and Wells. I will admit that I, like many others, ship Bellarke. I think that they are so cute together. I know a lot of readers aren’t fans of the love triangle, but I don’t mind it if it is done well, which I think Morgan accomplished. I can’t wait to continue on with the novels. I’m hoping to read the next one sometime this year.
Different then the show and I love it. It's like all new characters . I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my boo is a real character in the book.
After watching the first season of the show that’s based on the novels, I was very excited to get reading author Cass Morgan’s The 100. I’ll admit, I’m a bit biased already just by having watched the show. I was excited to find out what kind of original story would bring a show like the CW’s The 100 to life and had pretty high expectations. I was very pleased to find myself having been quickly immersed in The 100 and I absolutely couldn’t put the book down. Dystopia with a bit of sci-fi and romance and the drama that comes with the fight to survive? Sign me up! Told from the alternating points of view of the novel’s protagonists Clarke, Wells, Glass, and Bellamy—The 100 is the story of a group of one hundred teens who have been born on the Ark; the only place inhabited by mankind after a nuclear war wiped Earth out. After centuries spent in space, one hundred teenage criminals who have been kept detained on the Ark have been sent down on to Earth to see if the planet is inhabitable again. Clarke is the daughter to a pair of scientists on the Ark who were executed for crimes against humanity. Wells is the Chancellor’s son who gave up his life on the Ark in order to save the girl he loves most—Clarke. Glass was supposed to be sent to Earth alongside the rest of the hundred but after narrowly escaping the ships, she becomes the novel’s sole storyteller whose life revolves around a life on the Ark. Lastly, we have Bellamy who has committed the ultimate act of treason to save and protect his young sister, Octavia, at any means necessary. It wasn’t difficult to fall in love with Cass Morgan’s writing style and storyline. Every chapter is fast-paced and intriguing. I actually found the way that the story was told to be very unique in that each chapter (for the most part) has a flashback in italics that gives us all more insight into who our protagonists were before they came to Earth. There is so much mystery shrouding Clarke, Wells, Glass, and Bellamy when readers first open the novel but as the storyline progresses the exposition that’s been set in place begins to get expanded on. Morgan’s prose is unique and beautiful, leaving it easy for readers to get swept up in her plot and the world she’s built. As someone who enjoyed the show, I was incredibly eager to get to see more of Bellamy. I absolutely loved his portrayal on the series (and shout out to Bob Morley for being so hot *finger guns*) and was ecstatic to get to read whole chapters from his point of view. Also, as someone who enjoyed the show and as someone whose one true pairing (OTP) is Clarke/Bellamy, it was nice seeing their interactions in the novel fitting my ideal standards. Long story short: if you’re a viewer of the show who ships the above OTP, pick up the book. Seriously. You’ll have no regrets. As easy as it was to get swept up in Morgan’s The 100, I was surprised to find the novel having ended so soon. It felt like just as things were beginning to finally pick up in the novel a dramatic moment took place and the book was concluded on a cliff-hanger. While I’m lucky enough to have the novel’s sequel on hand and at the ready, I can understand how an ending like that could become frustrating to readers who aren’t nearly so fortunate. Mostly, it felt like a lot of The 100 was the first half of a novel that got cut off short for unspecified reasons (the need to make a sequel?) and I personally am not too sure how
I’ll start by being honest and accept the fact that one if not the main reason I wanted to read this book was because I knew they had turned it into a successful tv show, I have not watched the tv show and after reading the book I’m not sure I will. And it’s not because I think the book is bad, on the contrary, the book is really really good and I’m feeling sort of protecting of it. The books is narrated from different points of view and this definitely makes it more easy and fast to read, it also gives it that sense that there’s always something happening with the characters. Also in each chapter we also get a flashback involving the person who narrates said character, this gives us a sense of who these people are and what they did to get sent to back to Earth. So the premise is this, many years ago there was a nuclear blast, this means that the Earth was not a viable option for living, so before this happened people built ship in space that could hold people while the Earth lost the radiation left by the blast. Our story is set many years after those first ships, the Colony can’t take more people anymore, the oxygen is getting low and they need to find a new place to live, so what they do is send 100 kinds who were in prison back to Earth to test the radiation levels and also start a new colonization. As I said before the fact that the book is told from many PoV’s is really remarkable, we get to know more stories and I feel like the plot grows more and more. The premise is one that I haven’t read before so for me the book felt new and exciting. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
My youngest son got me watching the television show adaptation of this book and it didn't take long before I was hooked. My 17-year old daughter saw me watching it and said it was good but the book was better. I said "There's a book?" Needless to say I binge watched (thank you, Netflix) the show but more quickly binge read the entire book series. I do prefer the book to the television series because, as is so often the case with books, it is much richer than the screen version. I love Dystopian novels (currently I'm working on my own) and Kass Morgan did not disappointment. Anyone who reads my reviews knows that when I love a book, I can't put it down. And that's how I was with The 100 (and with Book 2 and 3 in the series as well). I think the book may be underrated because the television series is so popular. If you've only watched the tv show, do yourself a favour and pick up the book. You'll find a level of character development, plot twists and depth of story so much more rewarding that you get from the screen version. Highly recommended for any Dystopian lovers out there!