Monday, September 01, 2014

Book Review: The 100 by Kass Morga

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Title: The 100
Series: The 100 #1
Author: Kass Morgan
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published September 3rd 2013
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
I recommend this book for fans of space sci-fi.  This however is not a “let’s kill the aliens” type book; it’s about a space colony.  Also, this book has a Lord of the Flies vibe to it.

Okay, so here’s the skinny on The 100.  No one has lived on Earth in the past 300 years.  What’s left of humanity lives on a satellite orbiting Earth (I assume, it was never clearly stated).  On the colony satellite there are three separate communities, that are all attached to each other via air bridges.  The three communities are vastly different.  Phoenix is luxurious; their inhabitants have fewer restrictions on water use, food rations, and have better jobs.  The inhabitants of Walden and Arcadia have it harder; the citizens even have an allotted time in when they have access to water. 

Everyone living in the colony must follow strict rules.  Most crimes are punishable by death unless the criminal is under 18.  Minors are contained until their 18th birthday then tried for their crimes.  If guilty, he or she is executed; if innocent they are free to live their life.

It is almost time for the last remaining human civilization to return to Earth.  The chancellor decides it would be wise to send a group of people to test the radioactivity of Earth and see if it’s safe.  He and the council decide to send 100 teenaged prisoners to Earth.  WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH THIS PEOPLE?!!?

·        Clarke—Her parents were scientist and were executed for secret science reasons.  Instead of being executed on her 18th birthday she will be a part of the 100 who will go to Earth.   She is from Phoenix and was training to become a doctor before her arrest.
·        Wells—His dad is the Chancellor and he is in love with Clarke, but for some reason, she hates him.  He must figure out a way to get on the ship to Earth.  He is not only from Phoenix, but since his dad is the highest ranking official, Wells is used to a life of luxury.
·        Bellamy—He is my favorite.  He is a loving, caring guy from Walden is willing to risk his world to protect Octavia, his sister.  Most people don’t understand his relationship with his little sister because there are population laws forbidding the families of having more than one child. 
·        Glass—She is only narrator who still lives in space.  To show the citizens that the Council is still merciful, Glass is released from her imprisonment.  Glass must readjust to living free on Phoenix; she also must decide what role she wants Luke her ex-boyfriend to play in her new life of freedom.

After reading the first couple chapters, I considered adding this book to my DNF (did not finish) list.  It seemed like it would be confusing because there are several narrators and many story lines.  Also, many of characters names were gender ambiguous which confused me at first:  Clarke (a girl), Wells (a guy), Bellamy (a guy), Glass (a girl), Carter (a boy).  I keep mixing up Carter and Clarke.  Octavia is the only character with an unambiguous name.

Warning: Kass Morgan ended this book with a cliffhanger.  I would suggest checking out both books from the library at the same time.

·      Once, I got into this book I was sucked in, and just couldn’t stop reading.
·      I really like Bellamy and Octavia’s relationship.  He’s protective and sometimes has rose-colored glass on when dealing with his sister, but they do genuinely care about each other.
·      I don’t want to give anything away, but I was blown away by Clarke’s and Glass’s secrets.   One their secrets are shared I really appreciated the two girls for not being a typical, flippant Phoenix girl.
·      Like I mentioned before the names were confusing.
·      It took me about 5 chapters to really get into the story.
·      I am also annoyed that the book ended with a cliffhanger, ughhh! I have to wait until September 16th for the release of Day 21.

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