(The Hundred #1)
By Kass Morgan
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.
Eliana’s Opinion :
I picked up this book in spite of the bad reviews because I recently finished the TV show based off the book. While CW’s TV adaptation was actually highly entertaining and thrilling to watch. The novel leaves much to be desired. Had I read the book before submerging myself into the television adaption it is doubtful I would have tuned in for an episode.
The novel is split between four protagonists, Bellamy, Clarke, Wells and Glass. Each chapter is a different protagonist’s point of view. However, the many different point of views felt somewhat unnecessary and none of the characters really appealed to me.
First we have Clarke. She proved useful because of her medical skills but did not secure herself an important position in the group besides that. Her emotions were sometimes volatile and she frequently struggled with her relationship with Wells. Secondly, Bellamy was very full of himself, moody and unpredictable. He was single minded in his attempts to protect his sister, even at the costs of others. Then there was Wells, he was entirely consumed with his feelings for Clarke. And while he was placed in a position of leadership he proved to be the most reckless of them all.
“He could make her love him again.”
“To save the girl he loved, he’d have to endanger the entire human race.”
These lines say the most about Wells’ character.
I really hope Kass Morgan has some big plans for Glass in her sequel. Frankly, she was completely irrelevant to the plot (what little of it there was) and she shows no interest in anything other than her boyfriend. In simple terms, Glass is shallow, superficial and selfish. So concerned with her love life, she spared no second thought to the hundred delinquents possibly suffering on earth, including her supposedly best friend. On another note, she also convicted someone to death and had no qualms lying about it.
The characters were unimpressive and so was the writing. Leaning towards bland, the writing style lacked description, and was neither captivating nor entertaining. This led to poor world building and several unanswered questions.
On a final note, romantic relationships played a surprisingly big role in this novel. So much so, that there was little time to explore other possibly interesting dynamics. In a Lord of the Flies setting there was so much possibility to explore group dynamics, power struggles and leadership roles. Sadly, the author opted for pointless analyses of the characters and budding or fizzling romantic relationships.
To conclude, though I still remain an avid fan of the show it seems doubtful that I will be reading the 100’s sequel.