{Book Review} THE 100 by Kass Morgan

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{Book Review} THE 100 by Kass MorganThe 100 by Kass Morgan
(Website, Twitter)on September 3rd 2013
Pages: 322
Format: Paperback
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.

Mankind had been in space for almost one hundred years, but with the ship dying, the Chancellor of the Colony decided to send one hundred convicts under the age of eighteen down to Earth. If it was uninhabitable, they would have died in space, anyway.

If you’re a fan of the show, the book is a lot different. Firstly, you can enjoy the books and the show because it’s like reading a completely different story with characters with the same names.

Clarke spent the last nine months of her life in Confinement, and a large portion of that in solitary. The crimes of her parents got them dead, and the Council declared her an accessory. I liked reading her chapters and learning her story. Half of the book was told on Earth, and the other outlined what happened to get her there in the first place and the relationships that she had on the ship. Her time training to be a doctor made her the best chance a lot of people had of surviving once they arrived on Earth. She had a lot of spirit and determination. She wanted to make sure that everyone survived, especially her best friend, Thalia, the only one who knew everything about her. Everyone who had a voice in this story had secrets, some of those secrets more alarming than the other—but secrets, nonetheless.

The Chancellor’s son landed himself on the ship to save the girl he loved, Clarke. The best part of Wells’s story was trying to figure out was how he landed himself on the ship. Once I did, it was a you did not seriously do that moment. Every decision he made once they set foot on Earth he did with Clarke in mind, but he was also a natural-born leader. He took charge of most of the convicts that had been sent down with him and helped start a camp. All of his fight went toward getting Clarke to forgive him for what he had done to her, but he hadn’t forgiven himself yet.

One of my favorite characters in the book was Glass. Instead of going down to Earth, she stayed on the ship, along with all of her secrets. I learned about the hierarchal system of the ship through her, a Phoenix, the elite of the Colony. She had fallen in love with a Waldenite and did not have the approval of her mother or the rest of the ship. I enjoyed reading as their love story unfolded the first time and whether or not their feelings would be rekindled. Her secrets touched closer to the humanistic side of things, and being as I love romance, I’m really itching to see where her story ends up.

The last main character of the book, Bellamy, forced his way on the ship by shooting the Chancellor. He would have done anything for his sister, Octavia, even risk his own safety. He had the most unique voice. His whole life had been about protecting his sister, hiding her, but he still managed to have a sense of humor—albeit sardonic, at best. I’m torn between wanting him and Clarke to be together and Clarke and Wells to find their ways back to each other. I’m not sure if I want it to be a second chance romance or a new kind of love, but I’m dying to know what happens between them.

I’ve been in the mood for a good science fiction and have not been disappointed. I loved the learning the backstories of all of the characters and learning all the intricacies of the Colony. I’m excited to continue the rest of the series and might have an obsession taking pictures of the covers. If you love the show, you can love the books for a whole other reason.

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About Kass Morgan

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.

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