Speed Date with…a lot of characters: THE 100 by Kass Morgan

Posted 27 June, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 14 Comments

THE 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan
YA Dystopian
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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14 Responses to “Speed Date with…a lot of characters: THE 100 by Kass Morgan”

  1. Oh no, not more cliffhangers?! And all those POVs would make my head spinny. I’ll wait to read this one, at least for now…

  2. Haha!!! I love your fierce hate of cliffhangers!! This is one book I didn’t snatch from BEA but it sounds like its going to be a great TV series – and maybe it’s directly written for a series and rather than a book?
    I often get confused with too many POV’s…

  3. Bahaha Mary, your reaction to the cliffhanger is hilarious, but I pretty much feel the exact same way when I come across one these days, too. It seems like there might be too many POVs for me, but I do like the concept of this one. Blergh.

  4. Son of a…motherf….co*ksucking CLIFFHANGER

    I have had that exact reaction before! Did it end with banging your head on the desk after looking up release dates for the next one? This is the reason I haven’t read the 2nd in Ann Aguirres Outpost series. No WAY was she doing to me what she did with the first one. I will wait for them all to be out thank you very much!

  5. Hmmmmm. I’m thinking I’m going to pass on this one Mary! This was one of the BEA books I was most excited about, but I don’t do well with multiple POVs (two I’m fine, but four? No thank you), and knowing there’s a cliffhanger waiting for me at the end is enough to make me just not want to put the effort into reading it. At least until all the books are out and I know if there are more cliffhangers to come. So glad you posted this review, I definitely think I’m going to pick up some other books and let this one sit on the shelf for a bit.

  6. That is one hell of a cliffie! LOL As you know, I HATE those with a passion very close to yours! 😀 We need to form a anti-cliffie club and have our own theme song or something. At least a button. LOL

    Oh and I don’t care for multi POVs. Yes it can work, but I don’t love them. So, unless the next is orgy filled and has a son of a…motherf….co*ksucking cliffie I think I’ll pass. 😀

  7. Not another one!! Stop with the cliffies, authors, just STAHP. The POV madness sounds like it would be hard to follow. I think Danny’s right, this might be better as a TV series, the way The Vampire Diaries is (especially now that they’re all packaged and ghostwritten). I’ll still give this a read just because I’ve been looking forward to it for so long, and I’m encouraged that you got into the writing eventually. But I will probably do some book throwing at the end from the sounds of it. Awesome review! I really hope book two doesn’t cliffie you out of the series. 🙂

  8. It really was a lot of head-hopping. There were, what? Four? Five characters who kept alternating POVs and stories and then there were flashbacks … WHOA.

    But I have so much love for this book. I loved that it moved quick, but that ending is killing me – how will I survive until book 2?! I guess I’ll just watch the TV show. LOL

  9. I knew the plot sounded familiar! Probably from the whole CW thing.
    The plot sounds pretty good and I’m glad the writing kept it together, but it’s hard to decide to pick up a book when they throw a massive cliffy out of nowhere. I mean, a) are they going to keep on doing that, just for kicks? b) I might just as well wait ’till the next one comes out and read them together but, c) then again, I might not even remember by then

  10. I had this book but passed it on to another blogger because it just didn’t seem like my thing once I looked into it. Based on your review I’m glad I did that. Not a fan of the cliffhanger.

  11. Oooh, a cliffhanger? Ouch. Why do authors feel the need to include those? Cliffhangers are SO frustrating!

    I’m a bit on the fence about whether or not I should be excited for this book. Four POV’s a lot, and I tend to prefer only one or two.

    Nice post!

  12. Wow-you are passionate about this cliffhanger! I am pretty curious just to know what it is but I will wait for the second book since this wasn’t really on my radar before.

  13. Ew, I hate it when bad cliffhangers exist. Or when a book just randomly stops. That is not a full narrative!! Grrr…

    Anyway, this one sounds good, and I’ve heard some pretty good stuff about it, but I feel like I might be lazy and just watch the TV show, or at least wait until a couple books are out, so I don’t have to deal with the massive cliffie.