THE 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan
336 pages, hardcover
Available: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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.
First Date: Wow. There are a lot of people here on our date. I’m not really into menages…or orgies for that matter. Okay, so there are only four POVs but it seems like so many more because they’re not connected. Not at first, anyway. As the story progresses, the connections form and grow but, at first, it’s a whole lot of head-hopping. Plus, some of the actions of the characters…wow. Not sure what the hell they were thinking. Sure, teens make illogical choices (their brains aren’t completely formed, after all) but some of these choices are just plain bad. *shakes head*
Second Date: Still a lot of head-hopping. And flashbacks. However, the writing is exceptionally tight, and the head-hopping and flashbacks just ratchet up the tension of the book, sending the reader careening into space and towards the unknown that waits for the teens on Earth. It’s like watching a TV show via a book (which is probably why this book’s already been picked up for a CW television program). I would prefer to spend more time with just one or two characters but visually (mentally, in this case, I guess), it’s easy to see how this would work for a TV series.
Third Date: Son of a…motherf….co*ksucking CLIFFHANGER!! Are you kidding me? Seriously. I wanted to read the next book in this series within throwing in one of these damn things. I wanted to know what happened to the kids on the planet. I was satisfied with the little hints and suggestions strewn throughout the last couple of chapters, leaving me just enough nuggets to make me curious and make me wonder. And then you had to throw in that cliffie. Now, I’m just not sure if I want to keep reading. Are you going to do that to me again? Do I *really* care that much? (Yes, this is where my ranty cliffhanger post on Friday came from. Well, that and the previous three books that also had cliffhangers.) *sigh* Yes, I’ll probably wind up reading the second book because I did enjoy the first but I’ll go in with reservations and definitely will not pick up the third one if there’s another cliffhanger.
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