Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

October 11, 2013 2 - 2.5 Stars, Kass Morgan, Multiple POVs, Science Fiction 3 ★★½

The 100 by Kass Morgan
Series: The Hundred # 1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on September 3, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 277
Format: ARC
Source: ARC
Goodreads
two-half-stars
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.
The 100 was a pretty big disappointment.  I’m all for great cliff-hangers that leave you desperate for the next book, but this felt like a commercial or a movie trailer.  In other words, not a whole hell of a lot happened.  Yes, it’s the first in a series, but there was a lot of build-up with very little payoff.  The “cliff-hanger” ending was a huge, “Um, was that really supposed to be shocking?” moment.

But this wasn’t the story’s only problem.  The decision to focus on the POV’s of four characters means that we barely skim the surface of any of them.  And if we can’t get to know them, it’s hard to care about any of them.  Their personalities were distinctive enough, but with names like Glass, Wells, Clarke, and Bellamy, I had to spend a bit of time trying to figure out who was who as the POV constantly shifted.

I do intend to read the next book in this series.  I’m hoping that there will be fewer POV’s, but I probably won’t get my wish there.  I also plan to check out the upcoming series on the CW.  I expect that it will be more focused on the survival aspect on Earth (which was the main reason why I wanted to read this book, but this aspect was severely shortchanged) and less on the uninteresting backstories of the characters.

Note – I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review posted at Goodreads.

Stephanie

3 Responses to “Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan”

  1. Greg

    Good to know. The cover looked science- fictiony to me and I too was kinda intrigued by the whole desolate Earth thing, and the survival aspects. If that wasn’t really front and center then I might be disappointed in this too… so thanks for the review. 🙂

  2. Sarah Johnson

    That sounds incredibly disappointing. I was hoping the book would be awesome since I really want to watch the TV show. I’ll still give it a shot though. Great review!

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