Thursday, 20 November 2014

Review: The 100

Title: The 100
Series: The Hundred #1
Author: Kass Morgan
Published by: Little, Brown Books on 3rd September 2013
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Survival Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Check it out on Goodreads

*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via Netgalley for review consideration, this in no way affects my opinion of the book.*

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: Humanity has been in living on a space station since a nuclear holocaust thingy that isnt really explained happened, many, many moons ago. On the station every little infraction immediately results in the death penalty, unless you are under 18, well, then it's of to death row to await execution as soon as you turn 18. Resources have been running low for some time now thats why the harsh capital punishment. And so to kill two birds with one stone they send 100 kids on deathrow down to earth - less mouths to feed and lungs to breathe and they get to see if earth is habitable enough to move the entire population down.

The story is told in four alternating points of view, two of the points of view are from kids who were on death row and two that found their way on to the ship to protect someone they love. One of these 'criminals' escape the ship going to Earth thinking she will be better off, but boy is she wrong. The alternate points of view allow us to get a really good look at the new world and the space station from many angles. Morgan handles the different voices well as it is easy to tell the characters apart. There are also flashbacks interspersed throughout, these not only flesh out the characters but also tell us how humanity and the characters got to where they are now.

There is too much emphasis on romance and not enough on word building. I would like to know more about what happened to the Earth and how The Colony came to be and not so much about everybodies crush on each other. I like romance but in this book I would have liked more emphasis on survival.

Despite its flaws I very much liked this book, in fact I read this in one sitting and straight after I finished I read book two, also in one sitting. So if you are looking for a fun, easy read definitely give this go.


  1. I always see this in the bookshop when I go, but I never seem to pick it up even though it sounds quite interesting. I think I will get round to it soon. Have you seen the TV show?

    1. I love the show! I like that the book and show are different, but both are really good. :-)


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