Book Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

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Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: September 3rd, 2013
Pages: 323
Format: Paperback, bought
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

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No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

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.

When I first dived into this book, my expectations were pretty low and I wouldn't think I'd enjoy one bit because of my strong love to the TV-Show and that it didn't have the best rating on Goodreads. So it's not shocking that I thought this would end up being a slow and boring read. Kass Morgan couldn't have proved me more wrong.

The 100 is about a group that consists of one hundred juvenile delinquents who are being sent down to Earth almost a century after a nuclear war wiped most of the human kind away. Those who survived was sent up into space, to an orbital home called The Ark. There they were suppose to live for at least a few centuries (not sure how many centuries, but certainly more than one), but because the life support on the Ark was failing they had no other choice but to send down a group of kids who was expandable to society because of the crimes they had admitted, according to the Council. What neither the Council nor the kids knew, was if The Hundred was given a second chance or if they were sent on a suicide 

There are four main characters in this book: Clarke, Wells, Bellamy & Glass - each of them with their own P.O.V. Reading multiple P.O.V's can be quite difficult at some times (especially for me since I get easily confused), but Kass Morgan handled that pretty well. It was easy to distinguish the characters from each other. If I had to choose a favorite between those four, I'd have to say Bellamy. It's weird for me to actually admit that because I don't like the Bellamy we see in the TV-Show at all.

All in all, a really good read for me. Kass is good at describing environment devolving around the characters, the way she portrays the relationships between the characters but what I liked the most was the fact that she didn't rush anything. I know way to many books that are eager to get to the highlight and barely spends any time on building up to the highlight itself. That is something I believe Kass Morgan mastered.

Throughout the book we see how The Hundred manage down on Earth, what surprises and obstacles they face, how they have to depend on each other and the importance of friendship.

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