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The 100

by Kass Morgan

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | September 3, 2013 | Hardcover

The 100 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 10.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 in

Published: September 3, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316234478

ISBN - 13: 9780316234474

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life I remember when I first heard the synopsis for The 100 before it was released, it totally got me right away. I'm a sucker for sci-fi. Especially when there's people living on a space ship. So of course I added this to my TBR. But than reviews came in and they weren't great. Unfortunately that made me lose some interest. It happens. Than the T.V. show aired and people were loving it. So I'm like maybe I'll just watch the show. I never did. But than Netgalley has The 100 and sequel up, obviously I clicked request. And here I am. Silly me for letting the early reviews stop me from picking up this book. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Of course once I finished it yesterday I had to check out the show. And holy crap guys, the show is ridiculously good! It's addictive(as a lot of CW shows are) and takes out all the unnecessary bits from the book. I hate to say it, but the show is loads better. That being said. The book is great and different from the show. So I'd definitely recommend picking it up even if you started watching the show first. I'm super excited to continue on with the series and see what other thrilling action Morgan has in store for her readers. Three Hundred years ago Earth's atmosphere was destroyed by toxic bombs. It made the air toxic, so a fraction of the surviving people were sent to live on a space station orbiting Earth. Strict rules were set into place by the governing body and scientists were set to the task of finding a way to get back to living safely on Earth. After three hundred years the space stations systems are failing and it's only a matter of time before oxygen runs out. Scientists are still no closer to finding a cure to the toxins in Earth's atmosphere. And the general living arrangements on the station are quite poor. There is a major difference between how classes are treated. And the law is a hard bitch. The people can be prosecuted for almost any little infraction. Any one over the age of eighteen are trialed right away and 99% of verdicts end in the person being floated(yup, sucked into space). Kids under the age of eighteen are held in confinement until they turn eighteen where they are re-tried and will most likely face death. With only months left of oxygen the governing body decides out of desperation to send one hundred of these kids to Earth to see if it's livable yet and if so radio back to the ship. And if not, whatever, that's one hundred less people breathing. The kids land on Earth to find it breathable and thriving. All good, right? Not really. Their brutal landing took out their communication devices back to the station. Now they need to learn to survive in this new environment. They also need to learn to trust each other. Which is easier said than done. Things quickly turn Lord of the Flies like. So surviving Earth isn't the biggest problem. Well at first. The 100 is told from four POV's; Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass. I thought it might be much to get so many POV's. Especially when three of them are experiencing the same thing(being on Earth). But it was quite easy to get involved and recognize each voice(each chapter is headed with the character). Clarke, Wells and Bellamy are the ones on Earth, well Glass escaped the ship heading to Earth and is stuck on the station. I really enjoyed the three on Earth's stories and chapters. Earth is such an unknown environment and add in a bunch of kids learning to survive together that is made for some tense and intense moments. Where as Glass's chapters were silly and unnecessary. She should have been giving us glimpses into the hostile nature on board the station. Where instead we got an angst filled romance with tiny snap shots into life on board the station. Her chapters for me were pointless and not what I was expecting(thankfully the T.V. show cut her character). Each chapter also has flash backs incorporated. Pretty much these are flash backs are what lead to that kids confinement or just how difficult their life was. I really enjoyed these scenes as well. I like the insight it gave into each character and how brutal life could be on board the station. It provides more in depth character development. Which I don't think would have been as effective if said character was just talking about their past in the present. Especially with the four POV's, that meant less time spent on each individual character and their story. Although Clarke and Well's past is connected. As characters, they each fulfill their own roles. Glass is the silly, lovesick girl. Romance is rampant throughout the book, it's just that seems to be Glass's only purpose. She really annoyed me. But I hope with how her story cut off, we'll be seeing a lot more from her in the sequel. Shit got real on the station and I want to feel all the intensity. Clarke is the strong heroine. She's the only one proficient in anything medical and that leads her to have to take an immediate leadership role. She's also quite sassy but not quick to judge. Wells is the son of the leader on board the station. So he knows all about leadership. But the problem is he's now stuck on Earth with a bunch of kids that are pretty much from the slums of the station. Let's just say that his father is not their favourite person. Which by default makes Wells guilty by association. That doesn't stop him from being logical and quick thinking. And really he's only there to protect Clarke. She is his main priority. Bellamy is also only there to protect someone; his sister. He wasn't supposed to be on Earth. He busted his way onto the ship as it was taking off. It kinds of makes him dangerous, as he absolutely no care except making sure his sister survives. He has his asshole moments. But he's also funny and sarcastic. Like the lovable jackass. The extremely hot, knowledgeable jackass. Bellamy and Clarke's interactions are top notch. There might even be some sizzling chemistry there. The 100 is a quick page turner. It's full of intense moments as characters keep diving into the unknown. The Lord of the Flies feel on Earth brings some nail biting moments. Well the cliff hanger just made me want to punch all the things. Thankfully I have the sequel to jump right into. That ending guys, it's crazy. But crazy good.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New Take on Space Sci-Fi! I loved this novel. I originally picked it up because of the show, but wow does this have a lot more dimensions to it than what the show explores. The characters on the surface seem like they each have their specific purposes to being on Earth, but there is so much more to each of their stories and we get that through flashbacks. Usually, I am not a fan of flashbacks but the execution of them in this novel were necessary and added to the story rather than detracted from it; a lot of times flashbacks cause for a break in flow of the reading, but the way the flashbacks were incorporated added an extra dimension to the story -- it felt like you were inside each of the characters' heads to understand their actual point of view of the situation at hand and reviewing the memories associated with their current situation. Some of the characters actions were predictable, but that didn't matter much. Glass was such an intriguing character who I am excited to read more of in Day 21. Even though her story was one I guessed right away, it was still well written. Clarke had such strong convictions and interesting motives! I love her take charge and can do attitude; I hope to see a lot more of that in the rest of the series. Wells was a strong character and it was nice to see a guy make a stupid decision out of love rather than a girl doing so for once. He seemed as if he had a one track mind in this one, but I think he will have more on his plate in Day 21 and will really step up to be a good leader to the 100. Bellamy probably has my favourite story in the entire story: he sacrificed everything to save his sister and then found out that his sister's choices are beyond his control. I think it was good to see them as a unit, but I am really looking forward to seeing him make his own choices and really become his own character. I think being on Earth is going to be good for all three of them and I hope that Glass has a chance to fight her own demons up on the arc. Clarke, Wells, Bellamy, and Glass are all fantastic and I can't wait to see how their stories continue either. I hope that things work out for Octavia too -- poor thing has it rough. Overall: 3.5/5 stars from me and you should also check out the show!
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Series (Trilogy) The first book in this trilogy "The 100" tells the tale of a believable future earth where we have destroyed the environment with radioactive waste. The 100 are children who were in jail for the most minor of infractions. They came from a ship that has been above earth for over 300 years. The challenge of this group is how to build up a new, just society. Buy all three at one time - you will want to keep reading after you finish this book!
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 100/100 Okay, so maybe I exaggerated the title of the review a bit because it seemed catchy, but this book deserves the hype it is getting. While it is not something I can call beautifully and poetically written, it is fast paced and a definite page turner. The chapters are short and each new chapter had meaning to it. I never found that anything that happened was unnecessary, and with the author switching perspectives, you got to know the characters more. Keeping Glass on the ship was a clever way to keep readers updated about what was going on up there, while the rest of the hundred were exploring earth. And the cliff hanger ending! I finished this in a day.
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good Book Apart From The CW TV Show I love the book but hate the fact that they didn't make the TV series the same. In a way I still love that they didn't make the TV series the same because it became more interesting that way to the people who had already read the book and is now watching the show. I wish the show had stuck with the characters in the book, especially with the relationships but overall good read.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nothing like the CW Series, but enjoyable in its own rights Ok lets get one thing straight, this has nothing to do with the CW series apart from the same title, character names, and very basic premise. I had binged watched the first season on Netflix and really enjoyed it. I then tracked down the novel at my local library and dove into it hoping for a little expansion on the world created by the CW. Well that was not what I got at all! Now that I got that out of the way, let's continue. I really enjoyed this novel. You're thrown into the world from multiple character's point of view. There's Clarke, Glass, Bellamy, and Wells. Each one I found to be well developed and well rounded. They explain each character's back story through flashbacks and interaction with each other. I found the flashbacks worked relatively well and were well integrated into the flow of the story. There was no point where I asked "well why did you just throw that in there? That made no sense". I felt everyone had enough exposure time to allow us to get invested in their stories and opinions. I didn't mind any of the main characters - although at first I thought Glass was pretty pointless, but eventually came around to understand the purpose of keeping her. Clarke, Bellamy, and Wells all ended up on the ship heading to Earth for the first time in centuries, while Glass escaped and remained on the main ship. This way, it kept the reader aware of what was happening on the ship. Glass's story was actually well woven into the other three's stories - whether they were remembering something about the life on the main ship or she was wondering about them - they never felt like two separate stories. I will admit there were times where I thought it was a little far-fetched or unrealistic. Yes, this is a Sci-Fi novel, but the actions of some of the teenage characters (none are over the age of 17 - except maybe Bellamy) seemed unlikely. For example, I found that Clarke was extremely claim and very educated when it came to handling medical situations. She knew what was wrong and how to fix it with no modern technology - like how can you tell there's infection in the liver or whatever if you don't have modern technology? I know it's their first time on Earth and it would be overwhelming, but it never really felt like they were - some oohs and aahs but nothing to the extent that I was expecting - like just kill a deer no problem and rain and thunderstorms nothing but baby talk (ok not that bad but still I would freak if I never felt rain before and all of a sudden there's a thunderstorm). There were some corny moments like "he tasted like joy and joy tasted better on earth" - really, really??? And the horrible thing that one of the characters does is ridiculous! Why did you think that was the only option??? Trust me, the option where you don't endanger (possible kill) the entire human race is probably going to be the better one - just saying. Besides these little rants and downfalls, this books was very enjoyable and I finished it rather quickly. It left a very large open ending that makes me think the books were split for the sole purpose of making a trilogy rather than a stand-alone, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I think I benefited from reading the book after I watched the series and this is the first time I would actually recommend that order. If I had read the book first I probably wouldn't have watched the series and enjoyed both so much. As I said, this book and the series has very little in common so do not go into this expecting a perfect adaptation. However, if you enjoyed the series or like YA Sci-Fi, I suggest you check it out. I highly recommend this as a quick, non-complicated Sci-Fi.
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cant wait for the second book to come out (Day 21) I bought this book after I watched the show. I really like this book. Its really interesting and i also cant wait for the second book to come out which is Day 21. I definitely would recommend this book to a friend :).
Date published: 2014-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY AMAZING I read this book before it actually came out, so i've been really excited to see what everyone else is thinking about this book. Well i'll tell you if you like dystopian novels, read this...NOW. The book is action packed but we still see that part of dystopian novels we love ( well i love) the inhumanity that brings out other's humanity. ENJOY!
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Greatly Written Point of Views The 100 is a science fiction novel about recolonizing Earth and what happened there. It is a story centered around four teenagers (Wells, Clarke, Bellamy, and Glass) that lived on the spaceship but got sent to Earth. Wells is the chancellor's son that is risking everything to try and get the forgiveness of the girl he loves. Clarke is a criminal that is getting a new chance at life on Earth. Bellamy is a boy that fought his way onto the ship to protect his innocent sister, Octavia. Glass is a criminal that escaped being sent to Earth but realized that being on the spaceship is as dangerous as being on Earth. This novel is told in four point of views, switching every chapter. I thought that would be why I couldn't enjoy the book but the switching views didn't bother me at all. Normally, I hate even dual views but I fared surprisingly well with four different point of views. It's nice to see what all the characters are doing and what they're feeling. My favourite character was Bellamy, the protective brother that would make sure his sister is okay at all costs. The 100 is a book with potentials and it made me satisfied. Hopefully the sequel will be even more outstanding than this one. The ending didn't surprise me all that much because I watched the CW TV show trailer (yes, it's coming to TV!). It did end on a pretty good note and now it just left me waiting for the sequel. Rating: C
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing and Predictable In the future, humans are living in spaceships above Earth's toxic atmosphere. With their resources running low, the leaders decide to take drastic measures in hopes to save everyone. Their plan: send 100 teen prisoners down to earth, all fitted with special bracelets that will monitor their life signs so those in space will know if it's safe to return to Earth. This book is already being turned into a TV show on The CW and the concept sounded interesting so I had high hopes when I bought this book. And ended up pretty disappointed. It's told in four alternating POVs, Clarke, Wells, Bellamy, and Glass and I found myself enjoying some POVs a lot more than others. I liked Wells straight away, Bellamy and Glass grew on me through the book, but the more I read about Clarke, the more I disliked her. So of course it felt like most of the focus was on her. At times there also felt like there was a disconnect between switching POVs instead of being a smooth transition so that took me out of the story. The characters felt a little cliché, as did a lot of their reactions. Bellamy, Clarke, and Graham especially caused a lot of eye rolling at their self-importance and hypocrisy. One character I would have loved to see a lot more of was Bellamy's little sister Octavia. There's a girl I would have preferred getting to know a lot more than Clarke's endless boy drama. There's a lot of flashbacks in this book as well. Some had a point and revealed a lot about the character but others felt pointless, like a few lines in the present could have explained the same thing instead of pages of a flashback. There were also a lot of plot clichés that annoyed me because they made the story so predictable. Even the big twist at the end has been done so many times that my reaction was more of an 'of course that happens' instead of 'AHHHHH'. Still interested in how they're going to turn this into a TV show though.
Date published: 2013-10-01

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The 100

The 100

by Kass Morgan

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 in

Published: September 3, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316234478

ISBN - 13: 9780316234474

About the Book

When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to re-colonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and love, as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Kass Morgan received a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's from Oxford University. She currently works as an editor and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Editorial Reviews

"Likely to be a hit with readers who want their Pretty Little Liars mixed with Lord of the Flies."-The Bulletin