I must admit, my journey into “The 100” book series began after being captivated by the TV adaptation, particularly its gripping first season. While I’ll aim to provide an unbiased review, drawing comparisons between the two versions is inevitable.
Although not hailed as the greatest literary masterpiece, “The 100” book series offers a worthwhile narrative. The story commences similarly to the TV series, introducing the main character in prison, anticipating transportation to Earth alongside 99 other teenagers.
My primary concern lies in the frequent flashbacks within each chapter. While different character perspectives are tolerable, these glimpses into the past often feel rushed. The narrative primarily unfolds through the eyes of four characters: Clarke, Bellamy, Wells, and Glass. Glass, remaining on the Ark, adds a unique perspective, portraying the critical situation of the Ark’s demise and the imminent danger faced by those who fail to reach the escape pods.
Challenges abound in space, from a lack of air to limited space on the escape pods. Earth presents its own set of threats, including a destructive fire in their makeshift camp and the kidnapping of Bellamy’s sister, Octavia.
The first volume revolves around a hundred teenagers landing on Earth, discovering they are not alone, and facing threats from nature and Earth-bound humans who never left the planet.
Despite some negative reviews, the book offers entertainment, especially in observing the characters’ adaptation to their new environment. If you’re a fan of the TV series, delving into the book may pose challenges, but it’s not as unfavorable as some critiques might suggest.
“The 100” book series, while not without its flaws, presents an engaging narrative that explores the challenges of survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Whether you’re a fan of the TV series or a newcomer to the story, the books offer a unique perspective that is worth exploring.
Author: Kass Morgan, born and living in Brooklyn (New York, USA)
Published: September 3rd, 2013
Series: The Hundred #1
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.