By Kass Morgan
“You couldn’t expect anyone else to share your suffering. You had to carry your pain alone.”
Thank you to: NetGalley and: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Hundred
Author: Kass Morgan
Book: 1 of The Hundred
Rating: 3.5 voodoos
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.
Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.
CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.
Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.
This is another in which I started to read it after I had seen some of the TV series. Luckily only an episode or two as it seems so very different and I would have been constantly comparing the two, as it was I found it a little harder to come to grips with the book than I would have normally. There was an amalgamation, addition and even a subtraction of characters. Which just made the whole thing confusing.
The book is entirely first person, but told from the point of view of four separate characters. Three on the ground and one in space and you gain insight into each through flashbacks. The three on the ground all interact heavily but the one in space, Glass, has connections to them only within the flashbacks. It’s cleverly done. You get to see what’s happening on both fronts and while you only need one person on the ship, you need the three on the ground, despite it being the smaller group.
I don’t know who I feel sorry for within this story arc. Those charged with keeping humanity alive, or those that are killed or imprisoned for such minor things. Honestly, what’s the issue with TALKING about it? No one ever talks. One issue though, if population control is such an issue, why is there no form of birth control or conceiving blocker or something? But moving on…
Unfortunately this book ends on a cliff hanger and I started reading book 2 before I wrote this. While some storylines I clearly remember the break for, others are a little fuzzier so I’ve tried to be vague about that.
The book doesn’t take place over a very long period of time, it feels like only a few days, but from the title of book 2 it’s more 21 days and while you’re often within the flashbacks, they don’t drag and I can’t be sure as what I read before this was so long, but the book seemed a nice and fast read.
I’m always fascinated with Science Fiction and I love to see exactly where it is people think humanity will end up. I look forward to the rest of this series.