In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland… before it’s too late.
Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they’ve only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they’re haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust – and even love – again.
In the beginning, I was really excited for THE 100–but that immediately changed as soon as I dove into it.
A terrifying plan began to take shape, and his chest tightened in fear as he realized what he would have to do. But Wells knew there was no other way. To save the girl he loved, he’d have to endanger the entire human race.
Oh wow. Can we say *cough* selfish *cough*? Wells. You are going to endanger the entire human race just because of the girl you love? What ever happened to sometimes sacrifices have to be made for the greater good? Look at Tris & Tobias, Gus and Hazel, Clary & Jace, Katniss & Peeta. None of them were happy. All of them, as heroes and heroines, had to play their own part and make their own sacrifices. Look at SUPERMAN, for crying out loud.
It’s not even that just one of the characters *stares at Wells* makes these selfish choices. It’s every single one of them.
The plot doesn’t move this story either.
For example, take this girl Glass. Glass. Glass.
She spends half the book moping about the loss of her ex-boyfriend and then spends a quarter of telling things we don’t care about. Oh yeah, and she’s still on the ship. And the quarter of the book I’m “forgetting” about? I wish I could forget it. I wanted to like Glass. I was glad that she survived on the ship and I wanted to be sympathetic for her, but I just couldn’t find it in me.
As for “dark” and “gorgeous” Bellamy? (Are you sensing the romance yet guys?) And what kind of name is Bellamy? I understand abnormal names, but that doesn’t mean I have to accept. Bellamy was a girl to me for the first half of the book, and what’s when it became overwhelmingly apparent to me that the four POVs here blend together in a way that makes it impossible to tell one romance from the other. He just became B to me.
I could go on for a while, but I’m going to cut this off and say that if you want a book that reeks of romance, jealousy and basically is the exact opposite of a good survival story–go for it. THE BAD LOVE TRIANGLE TIES IT ALL TOGETHER. There’s absolutely zero world-building and I would definitely not recommend this for any serious sci-fi, fantasy or dystopian fan. 1 star.
pg count for the hardback: 323
Series: The Hundred
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