Author: Kass Morgan
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopian
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Length: 323 pages
Original Publishing Date: September 3rd, 2013
Series: The Hundred #1
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.
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.
This book may have one of the coolest premises ever, only to be sabotaged by the writing and the plot. I'm sorry, Kass Morgan. Forgive me, but you done messed up with the coolest idea ever!
- The premise: I know, I know. I already talked about this. But what more can you ask for? You have people in space, having escaped from the radioactive wasteland that is earth. Then you have criminal children being sent back down to earth to test it out and make sure it's livable! Pretty dang cool. This could have gone the route of The Maze Runner, or even Lord of the Flies. So much potential.
- Spacing of information: I don't know how else to phrase this but it's the opposite of an information dump. Morgan did a great job of spacing out the information and the secrets.
- Sad and boring characters: The characters were boring, underdeveloped, and bland. There was no grit or intensity to them, like you would imagine (they're criminals for heaven's sake)! Their backstories make them sound like whiny, bratty, melodramatic children.
- Nothing happens: No, seriously. Nothing happens.
- Crazy cliffie: Butttt.... we all saw it coming!!! Tell me you didn't see that one coming.