A ravaged Earth devoid of human life, suffering after the “cataclysm”. The last of the human race surviving on an ageing space craft, rife with rivalries and the divide between those who have, and those who do not. And a plan to get back to Earth.
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.
Clark 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
Before I begin talking about this book I want to mention that I haven’t seen the TV series yet, but the TV series is the reason why I decided to read the book. It looks good. It’s a shame that I cannot say the same thing about the book, which to be honest genuinely takes first place of worst books I have read in the last few years, which is frustrating as I really, really wanted to like and enjoy this book! Typically, I don’t like giving bad reviews of books because… someone’s time and effort went into it, but… not this time. Sorry Kass Morgan…
We begin with Clarke, Confine, moody teenager awaiting her 18th birthday, and sure fire execution. Clarke is sullen, filled with hate at her situation. As the story progresses, and the same with each character that we are subsequently introduced to, we get bits of their histories thrown in to tell us how each character has ended up in their current positions.
There are four main characters, Clarke, Glass, Wells and Bellamy. Clarke, Glass and Wells all come from the posh, rich side of the ship. The side that has society, functions and apparently a lot of rule breakers that go unpunished. Bellamy is not only from Walden, the poorest sector of the ship, but also a Sibling. Siblings are rare due to strict population controls, and as such sees himself as the absolute care taker of his sister. Bellamy is also naive. And very annoying, but at least not so much as the other characters.
Glass was supposed to go to Earth with the other 100, but managed to escape the transport ship whilst Bellamy snuck on in not such a discrete way. Glass is the first person to get away with her crimes and be “pardoned” in a very long time. Glass is pretty one dimensional and focused on one thing: Her Walden boyfriend Luke. I think.
Clarke loved Wells. Wells ratted out Clarkes parents. Clarke hates Wells. Except that she does still love him. Except that she doesn’t.
This book was genuinely erring on the side of ridiculous. I think that it was written in a very formulaic YA/Dystopian manner and what’s more, it’s a weak story. This is the sort of storyline that has the ability to be amazing but the story telling fell far short of the potential. I like to be able to connect with my characters, not spend a whole book literally not caring what happened to them at all.
I need to briefly mention the ending as well: typical YA ending of a cliff hanger, but given the plot as described above… it wasn’t exactly a surprising twist, or even original.
I seriously hope that the TV series is better than this because I’ve been wanting to watch it for some time!
Have you read this book? What did you think? Can you convince me to even like it?