Thursday, 8 January 2015

Review - The 100 (The Hundred, #1) by Kass Morgan

Title: The 100 (The Hundred, #1)
Author: Kass Morgan
Pages: 352
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: 3rd September 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

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.


My Review:

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley*

 3/5 stars

 After a nuclear war that scarred the Earth, humans retreated to space where they have stayed since, waiting for the radiation to reach a safe level.
One hundred young convicts have been sent to the surface by the council in charge of the spaceship housing the surviving humans, not knowing whether the radiation level is safe. What if there is more to the council's decision? What if mankind's future depends on the Earth being safe?

The 100 follows four characters - Clarke, a medical trainee whose scientist parents were killed for treason, who is now in prison because of her own treasonous crime. Wells, son of the Chancellor who is in love with Clarke and commits a crime to ensure that he is sent to Earth with her. Bellamy, who literally fought his way onto a transport pod so that he could look after his sister on Earth. Then Glass, who manages to escape from a transport pod before it leaves the ship so that she can see the boy she loves again.

The 100 was a good read - the premise was intriguing and I liked the writing style. 
I found the storyline interesting but not gripping. Not much seemed to happen but there are two more books so this was just a build-up.
The characters were likeable and I enjoyed getting to know them and learning their reasons behind what they'd done. Clarke was my favourite but she did annoy me slightly towards the end of the book.
I would have liked to find out more about the nuclear war and when people left the Earth - like did everyone get to escape or just certain people?

Overall this was an enjoyable read.