Book Review: The 100 (The 100 #1) by Kass Morgan

The 100 by Kass Morgan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary:   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.

I came to reading this one because I had watched the show. Truth be told, I was only interested in the book because I'd heard that Wells didn't suffer the same fate as on the show. He'd been the character I'd found most interesting and my interest in the show waned significantly with his absence. So, I was all in to follow his character and find out more about him and his relationship with Clarke. I can still take or leave Clarke so I suppose that's a point in her character's favor. Bellamy still isn't a favorite for me and no his love for his sister Octavia doesn't pull at my heartstrings. I was initially interested in Glass but her angst was so caught up in Luke who had no personality to speak of that I eventually saw no real point or depth to her thread of the story. I suppose it was to give perspective to what life was like on the Ark but I think it could have been far better.

Overall, I'm glad I read this as I did get what I was looking for: more Wells. He's shown to be by no means perfect and can also be an insufferable idiot teenager but he also has moments of depth that balance him out. There's lots of something that's supposed to be romantic angst here but I don't care enough about or root hard enough for Clarke as an individual to pull for either guy. The story of survival should really be the most important thing going here but it is weighed down on by the horny teen angst. Not a bad story and it's very simply told making it a quick read (this was my treadmill book). I'll read the next as Wells lives and that I care about.

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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