Saturday, February 15, 2014

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Series: The Hundred (bk. 1)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi

Subjects: survival, re-colonization, space colonies, outer space

Setting: 300 years in the future, in a space colony called the Arc, and on the East Cost of what was the United States.

POV/Tense: 3rd person POV, past tense. Rotating between Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass.

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 323 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Hachette: Little, Brown

Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Review: The 100 was pretty unique dystopia. It was about to very different environments. For about 300 year, humanity has been living in the space colony know as the ARC. It’s made of 3 sections: Phoenix, Arcadia, and Walden. They used to be space shuttles, but were modified and connected. The more rich/high-class people live on Phoenix, and the lowers live on Walden. Arcadia is probably the middle class.

Lately, lots of teens have been convicted of crimes, and now 100 of these delinquents are rounded up, put on a drop-ship and sent to re-colonize Earth without having anytime to prepare. They didn’t know this would happen, and their parents don’t know. The only ones who choose to go to Earth were Bellamy and Wells. Bellamy wanted to protect his sister, and Wells wanted to protect Clarke. Clarke (who’s female, just to clarify) and Wells (who’s a guy) used to date. Once on Earth, they both a afraid and in awe of the environment. Is the air poisonous to breath? How will they eat, sleep, stay alive? They find the colors and nature to be so much more beautiful than in pictures.  Glass is still on the Arc, and went off to be with her boyfriend Luke.

If you haven’t heard, The 100 is going to be a TV show. It’s premiering March 19, 2014 on the CW. It’s a book perfect for TV. I feel like the book itself was kind of short, but as a show they can better develop the characters. It doesn’t look like there’s a character named Glass in the cast according to IMBD. I’m sure they changed a million things about the book in the show.  They always seem to change characters, and add and subtract characters. Wells is played by an African-American. They never said how he looked in the book. Bellamy’s hair looks odd.

I liked the book though, and I recommend reading it before seeing the show premiere. Sure, there’s still more books to come, but don’t let a show ruin the book for you. This book is action packed and full of survival and even romance. There’s a lot of question of how the environment has changed, and what kind of mutations happen down on Earth after the Cataclysm. Two head deer, glowing butterflies, and what else?

I like that this book has rotating perspectives. I think I like Clarke and Bellamy’s perspectives the best, but Glass’s POVs put up back in the ARC and we get to find out what’s going on there. We also get to read their flashbacks, and learn their history. The flashbacks are set in a san-serif typefaces, and the present is in a serif typeface. So half the story is the NOW and the other half is the THEN. It’s mostly NOW though. We gets to see how the past got them to the present. It move the story along much better than just hearing about what happened. We get to “see” what happened.

I recommend The 100 if you like the show, and if you read and enjoyed any dystopian ever. It’s a bit like These Broken Stars, which I just read. If you like space stories or survival stories, then checkout The 100.

Cover Art Review: I love the cover. The title contains the images and wonderful photos of space that contrast with the white background. It’s clean, bold and eye-catching.

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