My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I've been hearing a lot of good things about the 100 TV show. But before checking it out, I was curious about the books. So I reserved them at the library, and borrowed the first one the other day.
As soon as I got started, I was intrigued. Sure, the first few chapters are a little disorienting because the story focuses on 4 POVs and deals with backstory... but it didn't take long to get into the groove of each character.
Centuries after the Earth was ravaged by a nuclear war, what's left of humanity has been living in interconnected spaceships above the planet. But 100 teenage 'criminals' are about to be dropped onto Earth to find out if it's safe for everyone to return.
After all, who cares about these kids, right? They're all law breakers who were probably going to be executed anyway. Except, as the story unravels, something much more sinister is slowly revealed. It seems that the laws and lawmakers aren't always looking out for humanity after all. :/
I really enjoyed each character's personal journey. Clarke's parents were killed and she was charged with treason because her boyfriend betrayed her trust. Wells wants to be with the girl he loves and does some incredibly stupid and selfish things along the way. Glass escapes and seeks the boy she hurt while trying to protect him. All Bellamy wants to do is look after his sister, and that's why he jumps on-board.
Each of these characters has secrets and are haunted by their separate pasts. But now they have to learn how to survive in a new world that's a lot more dangerous than they imagined.
I enjoyed this book a lot! I also think that it contains some of the best flashback scenes I've read in a while. Every past scene added to the present and draws the reader closer into the lives of these kids.
This was an awesome book and I can't wait to read the next one.
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