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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

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tv series is better

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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Formulaic and repetitive

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.

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  • Lauren
  • Irvine, CA, United States
  • 06-23-14

I enjoy the TV Series more.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.

What could Kass Morgan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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.

What three words best describe Justin Torres and Phoebe Strole ’s voice?

Enjoyable to listen to.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. It was too short and the story did not evolve enough for me.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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ehhhhh

It sounded more like a first draft than something that had been edited extensively. I can't believe I'm saying it but... the TV show is better.

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great story

needs to be a little more scientific, and a little less romantic. overall a great story

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It is a YOUNG adult novel

What made the experience of listening to The 100 the most enjoyable?

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.

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  • Jeremy
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States
  • 09-23-17

Didn't even last an hour.

What could have been an amazing story was ruined by typical young teenage girls pining for a boy or two. The same as with hunger games. This is making me lose faith in female authors.

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Must read

I loved the male and female speakers. I enjoy when it is interactive. It is a good series and I really enjoyed it. Watch it just.

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TV Show is Way Better!

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Unfortunately, I watched the TV show first which I absolutely loved so I thought I would give the books a try. Made it through the first one and really upset at the significant differences between the book and the show. I jumps back and forth a lot with flashbacks which is sometimes a bit confusing.

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Anazing

Great book 2nd time writing figured I'd try audio this time. Love the switching of voices for each character made it even better.