Friday, September 19, 2014

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Title: The 100 (The Hundred #1)
Author: Kass Morgan
Length: 323 pages
Publisher: Little Brown Books For Young Readers
Classification: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thanks Little Brown!)
Read: September 2014
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 received an e-galley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

I was pretty excited to see this title on NetGalley as a Read Now option. I have been wanting to read it for a while. 

I have seen about two episodes of the TV show. I decided I didn't want to watch more until I read the book, since I usually like to read the book before watching TV shows or movies based off of them.

The Story:

As far as the Colony has known, Earth hasn't been habitable for a very long time. As things start falling apart on the ship and resources dwindle, the Colony leaders decide it is time to send some people down to Earth to see if they can go back and live there.
To do this, they pick 100 juvenile "criminals" to travel down to Earth and see if there is any chance of survival.

I really like the plot of the story. The description instantly grabbed my attention and made me interested in the story line.

I didn't dislike the book but I didn't fall in love with it either.
Overall, I found the plot of the story to be interesting. And I liked that it was a quick read for me. I was interested in what was happening and where the story was going and the story held my attention for the entire time I was reading it.

I especially loved the way the author described things on Earth. It really did feel like the characters were seeing and experiencing these things for the first time. The descriptions were full of detail and were beautifully written. 

This story alternates between the points of view of four different characters.
There were some times during the story that I felt like there were a lot of characters that I needed to remember about. And sometimes it was hard to remember which character's point of view I was reading from. But I still enjoyed getting to see different aspects of the situation from different characters.

Not only are we reading about what is currently happening in this world, but there are also flashbacks that these four characters remember each chapter. I personally like the flashbacks. It made me feel like I knew the characters and their motives better. I really enjoyed getting these pieces of their back story.

There were a couple of things that I thought were a little hard for me to believe. They seemed to adapt to Earth rather quickly with very little problems. And one character is able to shoot with a bow and arrows, hunting, rather quickly. This character must have just been a natural.
But all of these things are little things that I was able to not really get hung up on and have them take away from my liking of the story.

The Characters:

Clarke: I feel that her character is full of anger. She has been through so much in her past and seems to have a hard time accepting what has happened. She holds onto her anger and keeps to herself. I understand why she is mad and hurt. I liked most of her character development as the story progressed, especially that she becomes able to come to terms with some things. I do feel like she has a lot of drama when it comes to boys.

Wells: I had a little bit of a hard time connecting with this character. I felt like he was selfish. But I do understand why he does the things that he does. He is a natural leader and cares about those around him. And he is dealing with some inner challenges based on the things he has done in his past. I liked that his character grew and even though he felt bad about his past actions, he didn't really seem to regret what he did. I feel that he stands by his difficult choices.

Bellamy: At the beginning of the story, I really thought I would end up not liking his character at all. But over the course of the story, he really grew on me. I was very invested in his story and what was going to happen to him. He is a bit cocky and can be a jerk, but he is also loyal.

Glass: I was really interested in this character. I really liked reading her point of view for what was going on. She has gone through so much and I enjoyed getting to find out pieces of her past and how she has developed as a character.

My Recommendation:

I liked the story enough that I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series to find out what else happens. If you are looking for a story that is a quick read and deals with characters trying to survive on a planet they aren't used to, then you could like this book. 

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