Release Date: August 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company.
Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis 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.
Clark 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.
I really enjoyed this one! I loved the premise when I read it but wasn’t completely sure if it would be as good as it sounded. But then I started reading it and I was quickly drawn in and couldn’t put it down. It turned out to be a quick, easy read with lots of romance – much more than I expected. I love romance in my books so I was really happy about this.
The story is told from the POV of four teens; Clark, Wells, Bellamy and Glass, and I loved looking through the eyes of all of them. They each had an interesting story behind them going to earth – or staying on the ship in Glass’s case – and I became really invested in their stories.
Glass has a secret past and she escapes the mission to find her ex and tell him the truth about what happened to her, and just to see him once last time before they kill her. I loved that Glass stayed on the ship because I liked seeing what life was like on the ship and it brought a great dynamic to the story. When I first went into it I thought it was just going to be all set on Earth.
Bellamy isn’t supposed to be on the mission, but his sister is. He makes sure he is sent to Earth too because he has been looking after her since she was little and feels it’s his job to protect her.
Wells is in love with Clark and once he finds out where they are sending her, he makes sure he is sent to Earth too so he can protect her.
Clark once loved Wells but he betrayed her and wants nothing to with him. She just wants to survive this fate that has been thrust upon her and make sure her closest friend survives too. But if anyone is going to survive, they are all going to have to work together, which isn’t easy for Clark, Wells, Bellamy and the other teens who all have criminal pasts and find it hard to trust.
Earth is a strange and fascinating place and the teens get to see many firsts on Earth, things we take for granted – like sunrises and rain – and I loved reading their reactions to it all.
There was a great little twist at the end which made me really excited for the second book.
Overall I really enjoyed The 100. I thought it was a great sci-fi with plenty of drama and romance (but not a lot of heart stopping action if that is what you were expecting.) I loved all of the four point of view characters and can’t wait to see what happens to them in future books. I highly recommend it if you like your YA full of romance.
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