Series: The Hundred #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on 9/3/13
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some violence)
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 was a little late to the CW TV show. I just basically marathoned the entire first season and half of the second season over Christmas break. And, of course, after watching the show, I was curious to read the book that had started it all. I had heard that the book and the show were quite different, so I was prepared for that going in. There’s no Finn or Raven in the books, Wells doesn’t die, and we see life on the ship through the eyes of a character named Glass, not through any of the adults’ eyes. Still, I enjoyed seeing this new perspective on The 100 and I will definitely be reading the other books in the series.
What I enjoyed:
- Glass and Luke. I actually felt the most connected to the two characters who aren’t in the TV series at all. I really enjoyed Glass and Luke’s story because there was a bit of mystery behind what happened with them. You find out early on that Glass has been imprisoned for something related to Luke, but you don’t know what she did until well into the book. There is also suspense surrounding whether or not Glass and Luke would find their way back to each other, since he has moved on. I connected to Glass and sympathized with her throughout the book, and I was definitely rooting for Luke and Glass as a couple. In the end, you learn that Glass actually has an even bigger secret that just might threaten everything she’s gained, so I’m eager to see how it all plays out in the next book.
- Octavia’s struggles. The book portrays Octavia a lot differently than the TV series does (at least in this first book). Whereas, in the series, Octavia is sort of a warrior princess in the making, in the book, she has issues that turn her into a weaker character. I don’t really want to spoil what happens with her, but she has a problem that affects all of the 100, and she acts pretty selfishly. This could be an issue for some people, but I thought that it was realistic given the environment that Octavia was raised in and the nature of her problem.
- Issues not developed fully. There were quite a few issues explored in this book (I don’t want to list them off, because that would end up being spoilery), but none of them are really delved into. It’s all handled a little simplistically and quickly. I think that the book could have really developed these issues and made us feel for the characters a lot more. The plot was great (which is why it worked to be developed into a TV series), but the character development and the exploration into these issues could have been better.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I think that it’s a great companion to the TV series, giving you a different perspective on the characters and the story. While the book definitely wasn’t perfect, I still recommend it for fans of the series. I give it 4/5 stars.
About the Author
Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels. Kass is currently working on the sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that allows laptops on the weekend. (NOTE: Actually, the sequel has been published, but this is the most updated bio I could find for Kass).