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.
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.
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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