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Book 163: "The 100" by Kass Morgan

Title: The 100 (The Hundred Series #1)
Author: Kass Morgan
Read In: Kindle
Genre: YA Sci-fi

If you have watched the TV series based on these books, you know the basic premise. However, as usual, the TV show takes a lot of liberties and changed most everything except for character names and some basic motivations.

The 100 is set approximately 3 centuries after a nuclear event makes earth uninhabitable. The only known survivors were on space colonies designed to escape Earth and keep the human race alive until the radiation levels lowered to a survivable level. Unable to get any conclusive data from their tests and with the space stations deteriorating, the council decides to send the 100 teens awaiting re-trial on their 18th birthdays to the surface to see if their data is correct and the surface is survivable. For obvious reasons, this idea is fraught with danger. Beginning with the fact that an entire group of teenagers is who have never even been out of a climate controlled area are now expected to survive and feed themselves in the woods- with little to no shelter/ supplies provided by the adults sending them there. Of course, on the way down the incredibly old and ill maintained ships begin to fall apart upon re-entering the atmosphere so supplies are lost as well as lives.

Most of this book is spent in flashbacks. Hardly anything on Earth actually happens. The flashbacks of main characters give the reader background of why they are on Earth and how they relate to each other. They also provide context for the society and culture they left. I am not against flashbacks; but this was too much set-up. What actually happens on earth is perhaps 10% of book one. As usual, the book and characters are so much better than in the TV series.

This book is neither terrible or good. It was interesting. It had enough to keep me reading until the end. I will probably read the second book mainly due to curiosity of whether the story line becomes more current even focused vs. flashback focused. It was the perfect book to read while on the Stairclimber, easy and requiring no real brainpower. All-in-all; it's your typical shallow YA story, love triangles included.


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