Morning Mortals! Today I’m reviewing another book that I picked up at YALC back in July and only just got round to reading. My TBR is just ridiculous at the moment but I’m reading so many great things I can’t complain! So yes, I watched the first season of The 100 way back when and I thought I would see how the book stood up in comparison. Without further ado…
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.
What I like most about reading the book vs watching the show is the fact that I’m not confronted by young people who are living on a nuclear ravaged planet and yet still have perfect hair and makeup the whole time. Makeup is by the by but having shiny, clean nourished hair is just ridiculous. My hair never looks that good now, let alone if I was stranded on earth without access to shampoo.
But yes, I think the show and the book are very different in a lot of good ways. I personally preferred the show, something about the aesthetic comes across clearer in the visual medium than it does in the descriptive writing? Having said that, I liked getting the multiple POV where the show tends to focus more in on Clarke (who, of all of them, is the worst character I’m sorry).
But the concept is why this book got made into a show and it’s the concept that I absolutely love. I’m all for survival against the odds stories and this is one of the more powerful ones. Also the idea of the link between those in space and those on the ground and those parallel storylines is a cool thing to explore. What I enjoy is that nothing feels overly contrived. It makes sense for these children to have been sent to earth, it isn’t just written off as ‘this is the plot so deal with it.’
It’s certainly a quick read, I’m hoping to read the other books in the series at a later moment (sorry to my tbr) and I hope they go a little deeper, despite the heavy themes this book deals with, I don’t think it gets fully into the grit and reality of humans on the edge of desperation in the same way as the tv show does?
To summarise, I enjoyed this book, but I needed just a little bit more from the story. I’m giving it four stars in the hope that later books get even better.
My rating: 4/5 stars
What say you? Have you read The 100 or watched the show? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!