Before I actually start talking about this book, it’s going to be a mix of a review/kind of a book talk post. I’m not sure what other way to do with this book as it is obviously a television programme too and I do want to mention that. So erm if this review seems a little all over the place that is why. This is the 3rd time I’ve tried writing this, you know what they say right? 3rd time is a charm!
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.
In the book, we are introduced to four key characters immediately in the description Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass and some key information about them before the novel began. The singular plots for the characters were all very interesting but I feel especially Wells storyline lacked depth like there could have been so much more made out of them than what there was. Wells was a shit character and his backstory was shit. Glass I liked her character she had so many bad things going off before the story actually started and it was nice to see how it was let off slowly during the novel and we learned more and more things about her. But she still fell like a love struck fool. Clarke, I didn’t think her character was as good as she could have been, she was plagued by some demons of her parents experimenting on children and then the little girl she went to talk to see who was being tested on. I liked her character but her back story wasn’t as good as it could be. Bellamy his protectiveness over his sister is so cute I loved that about him on this and how he would protect his sister from his mother and it was cute.
I didn’t feel like this book was that science fiction-y. It could have been a lot better it just felt like they were already on earth rather than trying to get down there. It just didn’t feel that realistic.
Now don’t let the badness of this book affect the television show. I’m going to admit something, the only reason why I read the book is because I was boycotting the television show after a certain character died in 3×09 if you have watched it you know whose death I am talking about. So I thought I’d read the book and see how it was. You should all be happy to know I ended up caving and actually carrying on watching it.
Anyway, so the television show is fantastic so don’t let the book change that, for example, we do not have the character Glass in the show. We have Clarke and Bellamy as our main characters and they are so complex and intriguing, whereas in the book Bellamy was a bit of wimp that is not the case in the television show. My thoughts reading the book just turned to the characters I know in the show and I was like Bellamy would never do that, or Clarke would never do that, or even Octavia would never do that. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the characters in the book to the television show which is what I struggled with the most I think.
The tv show is amazing like go watch! Be prepared to be heartbroken, happy and then all range of emotions (also still sad about that 3×09 death CRY CRY CRY) If you’ve watched the show let me know if that certain death killed you, I really don’t care about the one before that haha.
The book originally I rated this 4 stars and as I was writing it I was kind of like well why? Turns out because my love of the tv show but I kind of knew that I couldn’t agree with that rating no matter how much I love the television show.