Book Den reviews: “The 100”
How dare you Kass Morgan? How DARE you?
I always seemed to have some issues getting into sci-fi books. If I found a certain book too technical or found the plot too time consuming I lost interest, but if I had too many unanswered questions by the end of the book I got too aggravated with the story. So began a horrendous cycle that led to me just avoiding sci-fi in general. Somehow though, “The 100” ended up on my bookshelf. I read the story quickly, figuring I would soon find myself bored with the story, but instead I found myself immersed in a heart wrenching story of love, loss, pain, joy and the gruesome cost of survival.
After levels of radiation rose too much on Earth, everyone evacuated to space, where they have waited to return for almost a century. With such little space and air on the ship, the colony enforces strict rules. Anyone 18 or older convicted of a crime could find themselves on death row. Anyone younger waits in prison cells for their 18 birthday, when they get a retrial – a chance at freedom. “The 100” followed four different characters and their journey as the first people to Earth in 97 years. Clarke always dreamed of Earth, the beautiful sights and interesting cultures, but she never could have prepared herself for the horrors waiting for her on the ground. Wells loves Clarke and will do anything to protect her, even if that means killing everyone else. Bellamy only came to Earth to protect his sister Octavia, who, in the eyes of the colony, should never have been born. Lastly, Glass, the only prisoner that escaped the drop ship to Earth, the only one in the colony that knows that 99 other teenagers were just thrown from the large ship orbiting the planet to face Earth alone.
By the end of the book I had to rush out to purchase “The 100: Day 21.” This book captivated me throughout the whole story. At times I stayed up until two o’clock in the morning because I literally could not put the book down. Morgan created not just one captivating story line, but four of them. Each character played off of each other, and somewhere in the middle of the book I came to the realization that without even one of the characters, the book would have been ruined.
As for character development in the story, I can say that Morgan lacked in that field. None of the characters go through a drastic change, but I also had to remind myself that everything in the book happened in a span of only three or four days. Nothing significant can happen to anyone in such a short amount of time. Of course when I begin reading “The 100: Day 21” I will look for some change in character behavior.
Overall, I absolutely adored this book. Right now it stands as one of my favorites, but by the time I finish the third book I plan on this becoming one of my favorite series. Just a recommendation for anyone wanting to read “The 100,” have the other two books on stand-by.