Book Review: The 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan

Summary:
In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland... before it's too late.

Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust - and even love - again.
 
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed By: Kelli
 
Review:
I never thought I'd say this, but I really like books set in space!  I started The 100 with great anticipation, hoping it would be as good as Beth Revis' Across the Universe (read my series review here). 

I loved the concept behind The 100.  The premise is that after a nuclear war, humans escaped to space.  All of humanity (with a controlled population, of course) now lives in space, waiting to return to Earth once the radiation levels drop.  I found the premise to be very plausible and that made the book feel relevant and realistic to me. 

The story is told in alternating perspectives, with four different narrators.  The multiple narrators were a bit confusing at first, until I learned their histories and then the narrative was perfect for this story.

I usually have one favorite main character in each book I read, but the way Morgan wrote her characters: so realistically flawed and utterly likable, made me equally invested in each character's story.  I found myself rooting for each of the four narrators to find happiness.

The 100 has a breakneck pace that had me finishing this book in one sitting.  It was one of those books that I couldn't fathom putting down.  I was so happy to have book two, The 100: Day 21 on hand, to start immediately after finishing The 100.  I didn't want to leave Morgan's world, and now my only complaint is that I have to wait for the next installment. 

I would recommend this series to just about anyone.  If you're new to the outer space setting, The 100 would be a great book to start with.     
 



 

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