Book Review: THE 100 by Kass Morgan
OverviewGenre: Science Fiction
PROS:a cool premise; a few compelling storylines
CONS:horrible character judgment (like shake your fist at them bad); wand-waving worldbuilding; abrupt end; love triangle
An entertaining sci-fi romance that is a little too light on the sci-fi.
The worldbuilding is rather sloppy—what’s left of humanity is on a spaceship hundreds of years after some apocalyptic bomb went off on Earth, and we really don’t know much more than that about how generations of humans have survived, or how the rigid class system on the ship formed (my cynical answer is because it makes for star-crossed romance, but I’m sure more thought went into it than that, we just don’t see it). Earth is uninhabitable, but 100 teen prisoners of varying degrees of guilt are being sent to test the waters again.
Bellamy, Wells, and Clarke take up the majority of our attention on Earth, and their love triangle dominates that page time, with survival coming second to kissing and angsting. I was hoping for more Lost / Lord of the Flies style survival drama, but we only get a slight preview of how difficult life on Earth will be for these 100 before it’s time for the old “until book two” cutoff.
There are four different perspectives in this book, and it was difficult to get too heavily invested in any one character’s voice. I did find Glass’s story aboard the spaceship rather interesting, but again the motivations for this world and its rules came into question over and over again as she and her ex-boyfriend Luke sort through the inconvenient circumstances that keep them apart. Clarke’s perspective on Earth was also one of the more compelling ones, as she tries to keep the surviving teens alive as the only person with any medical training. However, more than one character had me absolutely stunned at their epic stupidity, like distracting stupidity. It’s still interesting enough stupidity that I’m not breaking up with the book yet, but frustrating nonetheless (and it takes away whatever minimal amount of fun the love triangle may have been because it is impossible to root for one character now).
Overall, The 100 is an interesting enough start to a series that I will give the next book a try. But I think this might be an instance of the TV show being better (or just more satisfying) than the book. Time will tell.