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.
©2013 Kass Morgan (P)2013 Hachette Audio
I saw the tv show before I saw the book so I was exited to see it was a written story, as they are usually better. Not really the case with this one. perhaps seeing the show tainted my expectations, but I was a little disappointed. I finished it because I thought it would take me beyond the first season of the show, but it actually ended much sooner. I am a 28 year old male, so I don't care for a ton of emotional love story stuff. I really don't mind a little, but the written book seemed to be way over the top, at least for me. 14 year old girls will probably love it. I did like having two narrators, one for male characters and one for the females, that was a good touch. but over all I think the tv series is the real winner.
I loved the TV show on the CW so I thought I'd give this one a shot and bought the book. While the performance was mediocre the plot and characters were so poorly developed that their performance is the only good thing about this. Each chapter is told from a 1 of 4 character perspectives which is interesting BUT each chapter is basically written as "2 pages talking about what they are doing now, then flashback for the rest of the chapter". While I'm intrigued by how life was like before they landed on earth, I wanted a story that was equal parts "life in space" and "life on earth" but it was more about space. You hear a bit about the character's concerns about living on earth but you don't really see or hear about the struggles of survival. How do you build a fire? How do you learn to track animals? How do you build a shelter? How do you build a weapon? I mean as a reader, how am I supposed to believe that these children who have lived their WHOLE LIFE in space magically know how to survive on earth? There's only so many times you can say that a character "read it in a book" so they knew how to do it in real life.
I'm extremely disappointed in this book, from the characters, to the low vocabulary used, to the poorly described and developed scenery. I've read better fanfic on this concept/show than this, the original novel.
I think young people will enjoy this book. It is a great idea and has been a very successful TV series that I enjoy very much. The book was more about teen romance than the story of survive and exploring a new world.
I like the changes that were made from the book to the TV series. I also think Kass could have gone into a little more about the space station and what was really happening to the people that they had to send 100 kids to the planet. The book only went into how superficial the different groups of people were, but it felt more like everyday groups, not people trying to survive on a space station.
Enjoyable to listen to.
Disappointment. It was too short and the story did not evolve enough for me.
It was very different from the show, and didn't have a lot of the amazing plotlines that made the show so incredible and enthralling. I binge-watched Season 2, but had a hard time finishing the book. It's not horrible, just average, and very disappointing for fans of the TV show.
The plot, it was great. I found it to be original and endearing. Though I must admitted that the characters felt under developed and that the romances came out of thin air with no real bases. Witch made the book feel childish. I must admit that I rolled my eyes at the characters more then once. With its ups and downs I did find the book enjoyable.
One of the rare instances where the show did it far better than the book. Don't bother unless you're a pre-teen girl looking for a poorly written book about love stricken teenagers.
I like black tea, crossword puzzles, food, yarn, and my boyfriend. Everything else is hit or miss.
Drama, drama, drama (of the angsty teenage variety, of course)
Not especially; I actually struggled to finish it.
I imagine in the book there are small lines or the use of formatting to differentiate between the sections that are happening in the present and those from the past. It was very difficult to discern the difference in in audio, however, and I do wish steps had been taken to make it easier to tell and distinguish the points at which the timeframe shifted. I found it very confusing, and it really took away from my overall enjoyment.
I'm normally the kind of person to sing from the rooftops how the book is always better. Sadly not in this case. It's not even that long of a book but it felt like a chore to listen. Couldn't even finish it.
I'm 63, retired and living my retirement dream. Love Stephen King star trek hoping for friends who like to talk about books.
needs to be a little more scientific, and a little less romantic. overall a great story
After watching the show I just had to find the book. I would say I enjoy the show more then the book, but if I just focus on the book it was still an interesting plot with different characters.
Would you recommend it to someone else?
I would yeah, you don't have to be into science fiction to enjoy this book, although it has the typical Y/A writing and plot so if you're not into those this isn't for you. I am not one of those big romantic people, I don't like flat out romantic books where it's the main thing, this has the right amount of romance, and with interesting characters.
What were one of the more negative things in the book?
There was moments where you were unsure what they were talking about, or more like when they are talking about stuff. The flashbacks came out of no where with nothing to give you a heads up. I don't know if this is due to the author or the narrators who didn't let you know when they would change between now and flashbacks
All and all it is a good book with an interesting story and I will continue on the second book.
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