Thursday, 24 December 2015

Book Review- The 100

Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Pages: 323
Series: The Hundred #1
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Rating: 3.5/5

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.-Goodreads

I started watching the American tv series The 100 a couple of weeks ago, and I've only watched 5 episodes, but I really like it. I thought I would pick up the novel and see if it's as good as the tv series!
I discovered that there are actually quite a lot of differences between the novel and the tv series, both in terms of the plot line, and the characters which feature in them. Having started the tv series first, I actually think I prefer it to the novel, the changes that the tv series made have improved the story, and the characters that were added and removed are enjoyable to read about, or not really missed.
In terms of characters, many of the main characters exist in both forms, Clarke, Bellamy, Octavia and Wells all feature as main characters in both the tv series and the novel, although there are some differences in personality and situations between the two. Clarke is one of my favourite characters in a tv series that I've watched this year, she's so kick ass and no-nonsense, and I really like her. She's fairly true to this in the novel, although I didn't like her quite as much as I did in the tv series. Bellamy is a bit different in the tv series and the novel. He's still Octavia's brother, but he's not nearly as arrogant as in the tv series, and isn't immediately in control and in charge of The 100, as he is in the show. I do like him in both forms, and he and Clarke make a great couple in both! Octavia is one of the characters who is quite noticeably different between the tv show and the novel. She is only 14 in the novel, and although I don't know how old she is supposed to be in the tv show, she looks at least 18, definitely not 14!! This makes the way she behaves, and the way we take the decisions she makes differently in the novel as opposed to the tv show, and changes the way that the other characters treat her in the novel compared to the show. 
There are also a whole host of characters that feature in the novel but not in the tv show, this includes Glass and Thalia. Glass was apparently Wells' best friend, and I don't know if she appears later in the tv series, but she was an interesting character to read about. She is the point of view we get from onboard the ship in space, and allows the readers a better insight into how society works in space, and the difficulties the humans are facing to survive. Thalia is a girl that Clarke shared a jail cell with when she was imprisoned, and is consequently her best friend. I like Thalia, and although we don't get her perspective in the novel, her interactions with Clarke were enjoyable to read.
The plot of this novel is fast-paced. There is a lot of action to keep track of, and the author's use of the split points of views makes this action move fast, and the novel was very easy to read for this reason. The split narrative allows the reader to see the action that is occurring on earth and in space simultaneously. However, this split narrative means you never really get to know any of the characters and their thoughts and situations that well, as you're always skipping away to another character. This makes the novel feel a little jumpy, and scenes could take many chapters before you reached the conclusion of them. This novel also has probably the most cliff-hangers I've ever read in one novel!!! Many of the chapters ended on mini cliff-hangers, and the novel itself ends on 2 massive cliff-hangers. This was a little frustrating as I hate not knowing what happens next, but it did make me continue reading the novel to find out what happened.
Overall I gave this novel 3.5/5 stars. I thought it was a pretty good read, very quick to get through. Perhaps if I hadn't started watching the tv show first my rating would be higher, but I feel the tv show makes a better job of telling the story than the novel itself does.

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