Oct 10, 2013

Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 9.3.2013
Pages: 277
Genre: SciFi
Series: The 100 #1
Source: ARC from BEA

Rating: A+

Summary (from Goodreads):
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.

Can you guys just give me a moment to cuddle this book and revel in the awesome Kass Morgan created? Seriously. Gimme a sec.

OK. Now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you why I absolutely adored The 100.

There’s been a bit of rumbling and grumbling about the fact that there are a lot of POVs in this book. Four, actually. And this book takes place on Earth and in space. I honestly found these to be huge strengths. I loved hearing about what was happening from Clarke and Wells and Bellamy and Glass—it gave me an all-encompassing feel of what was happening. I didn’t feel like I was scrambling around in the dark.

Clarke was definitely my favorite. She has this strength, but also this vulnerability that makes her completely reliable and loveable as a narrator. She has a very complex relationship with Wells that we learn about via flashbacks. I am seriously rooting for these two long-term in the series.

We also have Bellamy down on Earth who was never part of the 100 originally slated to go to Earth—he jumped on the ship to protect his little sister who was being exiled. Yeah. Feel free to start swooning, ladies.

Glass meanwhile is back on the ship, which gives us a much-needed insight into what is happening to those not fighting for survival on Earth. I have a feeling her role is going to be crucial later on in this series.

It’s not hard to guess why The CW snapped this show up so fast (it will air next  Spring). If the TV show is half as good as the book, I will be an insanely happy girl. I cannot wait for more of Morgan’s series. It moves fast and is a quick read, not bogged down in a ton of jargon and terminology that usually makes me head hurt in SciFi. Definitely one everyone needs to read!

Buy: Amazon


  1. I liked it but I was also seriously annoyed by it (mostly the ending. That ending made me rant quite a bit). I'm very interested to see how the show goes though because the book read like a show.

    1. Yeah, that cliffhanger had my jaw dropping, but in a good way!

  2. I'm so glad you loved this one Hannah! I know it was one of your most anticipated at BEA, so I'm thrilled it was everything you wanted it to be. I've heard the ending is a bit tricky (as Mary said above), so I'm thinking I need to wait until book 2 is out before I tackle this one. I don't do well with cliffhanger endings! *shakes fist at them*

    1. Didn't I give you this book when we were in the taxi coming back from our multitude of (3) parties? I know I got a second copy in my swag bag and I gave it to someone ...

      It's SO EFFING GOOD! But, yes, the cliffhanger is brutal.

  3. I got this one at BEA, I hope to read it soon after that glowing review :) Glad you liked it!

  4. I really enjoyed this one too. I thought it was a great set-up, but then I read the pilot script for the show and it's pretty much completely different. Glass's storyline was completely cut out and they added a new character and gave them Bellamy's lines even though he's in the show. It's irritating. Clarke/Bellamy was my ship in the book and it doesn't seem they're going in that direction in the show. Oh well. I'll still watch.

  5. There are characters named Wells and Bellamy. I totally have got to read this. Also, I'm glad to here it's a great read - thanks for the review!


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