April 20, 2017
By Gabriela Thur de Koos
There’s just one week left until the CW’s hit series The 100 goes back on the air after its long mid-season hiatus. That’s just enough time to jump into a new book or two before you return to the couch next Wednesday to see how our beloved cast fairs in the midst of a radiation crisis. For those of you that don’t know, The 100 tv series was based off a series of the same name by Kass Morgan. Without revealing too much, The 100 by Kass Morgan features four different perspectives of teenagers living in a post-apocalyptic world…actually they’re all living in space. At least, three of them lived in space before being sent to the ground among about 97 other juvenile delinquents while one manages to escape. Clarke was put on the ship after she and her parents were arrested for treason. Her parents were executed while she was jailed until her 18th birthday. Wells is the son of Chancellor Jaha who got himself arrested to protect the girl he loves. Bellamy– well, he doesn’t really belong on the ship. His undying loyalty to protecting his sister leads him to get onto the dropship and join the rest of the Hundred on Earth. Finally, Glass, a girl who manages to escape at the eleventh hour but discovers that the Colony isn’t much safer than the ground is. The Hundred are sent down to see if the Earth is now hospitable after a nuclear war centuries ago deemed the ground radioactive and hostile.
My quick non-spoilery review is that The 100 is a great, quick read without feeling too rushed or overloaded. You might think that with four perspectives and flashbacks at every turn, it would feel like too much information all at once. Yet, Kass Morgan manages to capture interest in each character with efficiency and intrigue (I read ⅔ of the book in a single sitting). If you are a fan of the television series, you’ll definitely enjoy the book. Its different enough to still provide suspense and entertainment but similar enough that the story is riveting for the same reasons the television adaptation is. I can’t say whether one is better than the other but simply that I rather enjoy both the novel and the serial adaptation in different ways.
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