REVIEW: “The 100” by Kass Morgan

Posted in Review, Subplot Romance, Three Stars by - June 10, 2015
REVIEW: “The 100” by Kass Morgan

Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Series: The Hundred #1
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Source: Library Audiobook
Rating:  L-1 | S-1 | V-1

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“The 100 what, Andie? The 100 what?

Juvenile delinquents.

 The 100 by Kass Morgan is set 300 years after the destruction of mankind—the majority of it, anyway.  Some survivors escaped to space and have been living on a space station for a few centuries, dividing themselves into three class-based sectors.  Anyone who does anything to endanger the colony is executed or put in confinement until their 18th birthday and then executed.  But a nasty air leak means the people on the station need to find a new place to live, stat, and so they send the kids in confinement down to Earth to see if they all die of radiation poisoning or not.

 

“That sounds super fucked up???”

That’s because it is.

 

“Why’d you read it, then?  What are you, a freak?”

Look, I’ll be the first to admit it—I’m biased about this book.  You see, I’m in love with the TV show of the same name, based on Kass Morgan’s trilogy.  It’s a great show (The 100, available now on Netflix, go watch it right this second).  My love for the show is probably definitely colouring my enjoyment of this novel, so feel free to take what I say with a grain of salt.

 

“So was it as good as the show?”

Sadly… no.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a good read, but I do think the show did several things better—the protagonist, Clarke, has a much stronger personality in the show, and it would have benefited her in the novel and made the story much stronger overall if book-Clarke had been more like her television counterpart.  The same goes for one of her love interests (love triangle in a YA book! surprise!), Wells.  I liked TV show Wells a lot more than book-Wells, but that’s probably because book-Wells is kind of a douche.

 

“I’ve seen a lot of really negative reviews of this book.”

I have too.  It sort of makes me question my taste and exactly how biased I am about this book, but I do feel that people are judging it too harshly.  It’s got a great premise.  The prose are light and easy to read, if not particularly sophisticated.  The Clarke/Bellamy/Wells love triangle isn’t my favourite, and I think it could be handled better, especially if Clarke’s personality was a little stronger.  But I really enjoy Bellamy as a character, and Glass, too.  I’m into the Glass/Luke plot, which is completely missing from the show.

 

“So are you going to continue the series?”

Absolutely.  I need to find out what happens, and see how it differs from the TV show.  I do hope, though, that Kass Morgan is able to find her voice more concretely in the second book, and that Clarke becomes a more interesting character in the process (not that I think she’s boring as is).

 

“Quote time?”

“Octavia was the only person in the world who truly knew him. There was no one else he really cared about ever seeing again. But then he glanced over Clarke, who was leaning over to breathe in the scent of a bright pink flower, the sun catching the gold strands in her hair, and suddenly he wasn’t so sure.”

I just love Bellamy Blake, okay?

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Andie is a 27-year-old romance aficionado who enjoys Netflix, sleeping, video games, and treating her dog like a human baby. She’s a triple Aquarius and works to make the world a better place by signing many Change.org petitions.

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