Book: The 100

"The 100"

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 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.

It’s not bad… It’s just not very good either.

I picked The 100 up because I thought the premise was interesting. A new take on Lord of the Flies, with juvenile delinquents instead of super powered freaks or super geniuses. A group of one hundred teens given the chance to start their lives anew after leading a ruined one prior to their do over.

Thing is… the premise remained a promise, and not much more.

Kass Morgan’s The 100 is character-oriented. Unfortunately, aside from Bellamy, the characters we are saddled with are as bland as can be. Main protagonist Clarke has an interesting background that is killed by her total lack of personality; love interest Wells is a vanilla version of The Hunger Games‘ Peeta; and Glass, the character whose story is separate from the rest of the group, is a formulaic Juliet.

It’s a good thing that the story is very plot-driven. That’s what will keep you moving from page to page, wanting to know what happens next. The whodunnits, the hows, the whats, the whys… It’s almost a complete package–it really just lacked the ingredient that would make it a powerful book: characters you understand and would want to empathize with.

Now, the driving force between each character are very well-defined. One has no choice, the other is doing it for the girl he loves, another is doing it for his sister, and the last did what she did in the name of love. Unfortunately, the author seems to have stuck to this defining characteristics and doesn’t give much room for other personality traits to come in. It says something when the one character you feel affinity for is the character with the anger management problem.

Again, I would like to reiterate that the novel isn’t bad. It really isn’t. It’s just too colored-by-the-numbers. The 100 is just another dystopian fiction that has riffs of Lord of the Flies. It doesn’t have that special political flavor of The Hunger Games, the heart-wrenching drama of The Maze Runner, or even the attempt at realism in the Gone series. If Kass Morgan wants a hit on her hands, she would need to step up the game in the second book.

And if she has no plans of killing off the characters who are still in the ship? She might want to bring them down soon. The ship story is extremely boring.

Now, let’s find out what other people have said about the book!
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