Book Review: The 100

Kass Morgan’s The 100 (2013) is a novel about survival. In the book, humanity has moved off the Earth and they are living in a station in space. A group of 100 problematic youths get sent to Earth and they must figure out a way to survive.

The Book & The Show

I first heard about this book after watching the TV show. I watched the show and I had really low expectations for it. I was working on a project and I played it as background noise to what I was doing. It took me 2 episodes to get hooked. The conflicts the kids face are believable and we’ll presented. The characters have depth to them and their different viewpoints as to how to solve a problem are compelling. After being exposed to such a great story, I just knew I had to read the book. After all, it has been my experience that the book is always better than the movie.

Culture Shock

The book was not as good as the show. I think the issue I had with the book was pacing and flashbacks to romantic storylines. Now, I understand that the writers of the show might have changed some aspects of the book to change the format and that is why I was expecting the pacing to be faster. But I thought Morgan spent too much time in the romantic implications of surviving and not enough time in the surviving itself. Maybe I’m not the audience of the book. Maybe I was expecting too much, whatever it was, I thought it was a decent series opener at best.

Final Thoughts

I know I sound as if the book was bad. It wasn’t. It just wasn’t what I was expecting. The settings in the story are interesting and the book finishes on a great note.

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