Review: The 100


100 book coverBook: The 100                 Author: Kass Morgan

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.

Definitely low on my bookshelf (which is organised in order of preference), the 100 failed to capture my attention and I found myself procrastinating finishing it. Kass Morgan’s writing style, characters and plot lines are all extremely insubstantial and weak, causing the novel to be bland and hard to engage with. Told by the point of view of Wells, Clarke, Bellamy and Glass, each with different storylines, the 100 had promising potential but upon reading it you find that the characters are very one dimensional and underdeveloped. This is probably down to the rushed writing which leaves little room for development and left me feeling like I was reading a story written by a child for a piece of school work. I know over complicated writing can be a bad thing but this was simply too basic and uncompelling as it lacked any real emotion or depth, giving it a sense of incompletion.

Another completely rare situation for me was that I thought the tv show was actually 10,000 times better, with far superior characters and a more interesting plot line. The perfect example of this is my favourite character Octavia, who in the book is portrayed as a powerless little girl that just plays with the children, but in the show we see Octavia’s journey of development into a headstrong warrior. I also love the character Raven, who wasn’t even in the books, although she may be a reimagined version of Glass, making Finn a version of Luke. Raven is a genius who shows so much resilience throughout the show that I find her a massive inspiration. Who doesn’t love a strong intelligent female character?

However I do have to admit that I don’t like Clarke in either the show or the books, as she constantly assumes the role of leadership and doesn’t accept help from her friends to carry the burden of this, resulting in a frustrating character with a monotonous internal battle of “does the end justify the means?”, in which she makes decisions that are unnecessary and merciless.

Fans of the book will ultimately ship Bellarke (Bellamy and Clarke) while fans of the show will ship Clexa (Lexa and Clarke), personally I’m team Lexa and not just because I love seeing LGBT romances represented but because it felt more real than Bellarke’s superficial hurried romance. Kass Morgan never took time to put depth and feeling behind the relationship, so when they get engaged in the last book it was a complete shock and weakened the already weak plot by including a meaningless and irrelevant situation.

In conclusion: skip the disappointing book and go straight to watching the awesome show.

Cydney Harding

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