100 (The 100, #1), The

Kass Morgan
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.


Reviewed: 2017-01-29
Complex ethical questions, sweet teen romances, and tense life-or-death suspense make Kass Morgan’s The 100 an addicting read. The titular 100 are all teenaged convicts slated for execution in a dying space colony carrying the last remnants of humanity. Colony leaders decide to send these 100 (supposed) criminals to Earth to gather data on whether the planet is still too toxic for life or fit to be recolonized.

The story shifts between the past and present of four characters—Clarke, Wells, and Bellamy, all sent to Earth and locked in a love triangle, as well as Glass, who escapes from the drop ship headed for Earth before it takes off. While all the mysteries about past crimes and Lord of the Flies-esque dilemmas faced by those on Earth are riveting, it’s Glass’ insights about life in space—the subtle scariness of the ship slowly failing and the rigid social class structure of the colony—that makes the story unique. Fans of the TV adaptation of The 100 will find plenty of differences in the book to provide a whole new dystopian perspective.

Originally written for Scribd: http://literally.scribd.com/home/2016/6/2/top-books-for-june

Overall: It's okay. Easy read with some moving emotions. It's no Hunger Games.
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