Review: The 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan

17332969Rating: 1/5
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance
Series title: The Hundred
Release date: September 3, 13 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of pages: 277
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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.

REVIEW

“This shit is going to be a TV show?” was the first thing I thought of when I turned the last page of this book.

I was initially interested in 100 by Kass Morgan when I found out it was going to be adapted into a TV show on CW channel (I think. I may have got this wrong, so please correct me if I got it mixed up!). As I have mentioned over and over again in my reviews, Dystopia and Post-Apocalyptic remain as my favourite genres ever, so it’s a no-brainer that I really wanted to get this book as soon as it was out. Conspiracies! Suspense! Thrills! I was expecting these all!

And yet…

Like many others before 100 by Kass Morgan…

It left me disappointed…

AGAIN.

It started with a bang. We’re introduced to Clarke, imprisoned somewhere in a space settlement, for allegedly doing a heinous crime, a crime which was also related to her parents’. We’re informed that in this world, as soon as a prisoner turns 18, he is granted a trial and can either go free or be put to death. Fortunately, Clarke has been chosen as one of the hundred teenage prisoners to be sent to Earth, their previous they left three hundred years ago due to the Cataclysm, an nuclear-something-radiation-something event that crippled their planet. They are to be sent there to find out if the world is still liveable, and if they survive, they will be pardoned of their felonies.

Sounds exciting, right? Yup, I was ecstatic myself. The general plot sounded like something that could attract A LOT of twists and conspiracies!

And then the romance came…

Which pretty much ruined this book for me.

What would you feel if you were stuck in a planet, all by yourself and 99 other strangers (okay, make that 97 because OF COURSE there has to be a love interest and that mandatory best friend), a planet, which, may I remind you, has been labeled toxic due to the immense radiation in the past? You’d think about survival… right? You’d at least TRY to set aside your feelings and think about how you could live for another day, right? Right. Of course. Any rational being would.

Unfortunately, Clarke and the rest of the three characters, which all have their own chapters, by the way (holy shit, four POVs?!), think otherwise. What could have been a really good sci-fi, action, post-apocalyptic dystopia turned into one mushy drama-rama, like those telenovelas from Latin America that my parents used to watch. That means a lot of conflicted feewings, jealousies, love rages, etc. etc. It made me RAGE.

Imagine this:  you just crashed into Earth with the other delinquents. You’re a boy and you weren’t supposed to be in this operation, but you risked your life in order to “protect” the girl you supposedly “love” but hates you because you betrayed her in the past. A lot of people have been killed on impact, a lot are injured, and a lot are dying. But you focus on that one speshul girl and end the chapter with, “I’ll make her fall in love with me.”

If you’re that kind of person, come here and let me punch you please. Many times.

I felt rage each and every chapter as soon as they got to Earth. Sure, there were some fighting over food, over equipment, over medicine, but those were in passing and in the larger scheme of things, were put aside for the romance aspect. The unnecessary, annoying part took a large percentage of the book that it drove me bat-shit insane. See, look here. If I wanted drama, I have other avenues for that (like my life, for instance) and I didn’t sign up for it especially when the synopsis is all about Danger! Conspiracies! Survival! It was a constant questioning of WHO KISSED WHO, THEY KISSED WHERE, WHO IMPREGNATED WHO, WHO WAS SEEN EMBRACING WHO, and I’m like… fuck you, boo. Fuck you very much.

Here’s a very memorable quote that would make you want to punch a brick wall:

Clarke rose with a groan, her muscles stiff from their hike yesterday. But it was a good kind of pain; she’d walked through a forest that hadn’t been seen by a single human being for 300 years. Her stomach squirmed as she thought about another distinction she’d inadvertently earned — the first girl to kiss a boy on Earth since the Cataclysm.

Um… congrats?

Awesome priorities, by the way. /sarcasm

And because the romance aspect was the number one priority, nothing really happened on Earth in this book. Yeah, like I said, there were some fighting here and there, but generally, all of it were just idle stuff. And when exciting events started to happen, BOOM! CLIFFHANGER! GOTTA BUY THE NEXT BOOK GAIS.

The writing was also very juvenile. I did not like it at all. I found no depth in it, and was very telling than showing. There were four narrators (Clarke, Wells, Bellamy, and Glass) and chapters rotated among them, each one having a present and a past thing, which made the flow of the story absolutely terrible and wonky. I kid you not that it gave me a migraine (I had to skip the last eighty percent because it was at that point that I GAVE ZERO FUCKS ANYMORE), and a lot of the past stuff were nonsensical gibberish that could have been omitted. Because of that, the characters lacked personalities as well. The characters were complete simpletons. Girl offends guy she kissed, he storms away, and she cries about it — all in 2 pages. Next chapter. Guy gets all moody, and both are acting like they had a nasty, drawn-out confrontation when it fucking barely lasted half a page.

Aside from that, they were just flat, annoying, and stupid. Clarke was annoying. She’s this holier-than-thou character, making herself the kindest of the group when I found her very self-righteous. Wells, on the other hand, is this dude who threw away everything (EVERYTHIIIING) to follow Clarke. He’s borderline, Edward-creepy with his quest to make Clarke fall in love with him again (yes, of course! Because that is SO obviously important!) Of course, like any other typical YA, here comes Bellamy, the survivalist angry/cocky loner whose role also includes the-mandatory-love-triangle! There’s also Glass, another girl who managed to escape and get back to their space/moon settlement (how they got there we have no idea), who I found extremely superficial and shallow. Here she is, just escaped from a fate supposedly worse than death, and the first person she goes to is of course… her ex. Who she found is with another girl. DUN DUN DUN DUUUUUN… DRAMA ERRBODY!

Anyway, fuck them.

I see reviews where they are praising the world-building, and I’m left scratching my head because I’m wondering if we even read the same books. World-building? What world-building? Unless you count that single sentence explaining there was a sort of nuclear-ish war 300 years ago and a paragraph of the shady judicial system as world-building, then yeah, okay, fine, but I’d have to disagree. How they even got to space and built their orbiting settlement were never even explained in depth (in fact, I’d wager it was never mentioned at all. YES, GREAT WORLD-BUILDING), making everything just one big blur.

All in all, I hated this book a lot. I read this while I was on a flight back home and I totally regretted it. I could have made my flight memorable if only I chose something better. I mean, I was disappointed in a lot of dystopia/post-apocalyptic books… what would make this any different? Should’ve known better. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS. If interested, I really think you’re better off watching the show. It may be better than this crap and would probably explain the countless plotholes the novel has. I would imagine some things would be changed.

Final Verdict: NOT IMPRESSED.

RECAPS, RANTS, RAVES

We made recaps/reactions to the show! Here are the links!

SEASON 1

The 100 Episode 1 – The Embodiment of Stupidity
The 100 Episode 2 – To Survive, Be Idiots
The 100 Episode 3 – Everyone is Valuable, Except the Guy I Hate
The 100 Episode 4 – Double Standard Much?
The 100 Episode 5 – Love/Hate Relationships
The 100 Episode 6 – I Am Semi-Impressed
The 100 Episode 7 – Tension. Tension Everywhere
The 100 Episode 8 – A Big Ball of Whoa
The 100 Episode 9 – Mutated Humans have Appeared!
The 100 Episode 10 – In Which I Cuss a Lot
The 100 Episode 11 – In Which All My Ships are Destroyed
The 100 Episode 12 – The Plot. It Thickens!
The 100 Episode 13 (Season Finale) – May We Meet Again

SEASON 2

The 100 Episode 1 – Mixed But Mainly Positive Emotions
The 100 Episode 2 – All Aboard to Feeladelphia
The 100 Episode 3 – The Epitome of Craziness
The 100 Episode 4 – I… Like Murphy?
The 100 Episode 5 – Holy Shit Character Complexity?!
The 100 Episode 6 – SHIT. GOT. SERIOUS.
The 100 Episode 7 – So Much Intensity. IT BURNS!
The 100 Episode 8 – Tears. Tears Everywhere.
The 100 Episode 9 – Time to Harden Up

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  1. says

    THANK YOU for the honest review! I am SO glad that you provided me with this alternative point of view. This girl at the book store totally talked at me for about 15 minutes about HOW AWESOME this book was and how I should buy it right now! I got suspicious, so when she turned her back I left. Sounds like I made a good call there.

  2. moose_angel says

    Yeah, I was really glad I checked this book out of the library. I would have been really pissed if I spent money on it.

  3. laila BC says

    I went here Faye to check if you have a review of this book coz I saw a copy in my local bookstore and I also remembered there was going to be tv series based on this book. And only to find out you gave it a 1 star review. Okay so that made me feel relieved somehow that I won’t be missing much if I am just going to check out the tv series instead. Thank you for this review. This sounds too angsty for a YA dystopian sci-fi book…i would have thought it’s one of those New Adult romance O.o
    Also thanks for the laugh.hahaha! At least something good out of your low review for this book.

  4. says

    Oh… haha

    I really wanted to read this book. I love dystopic books and I thought: “Oh.. The 100 sounds really nice..”, but your review makes me reflect about it, haha.

    I’m watching the TV show and it’s “cool”..
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  5. says

    I actually added the book on my TBR list, but your review saved me a whole chunk of time for other books. I liked the idea of the TV show, though. I came across the show before the book. I guess I’m not going to read it, but I’ll continue to watch the show.

    THANKS A LOT! :)
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  6. says

    Thanks for your review. I’ve just watched the entire show this weekend and I have to wait another week for a new episode so I was seriously considering reading the book. It sounds horrible. For the record though I am completely in love with the show. You do have a side of the romance going on but the characters put it aside to deal with the important things, like surviving. And I honestly love Clarke in the show. She’s a natural leader trying to do what’s right for the group. She listens to others and has the strength to make the difficult calls. You don’t get strong female characters like her so to me, this show is absolutely amazing.

  7. says

    lol. I tried this when it came out, wasn’t feeling it, decided I must be too way old to read it. I gave it to one of my teen reviewers, who read a few chapters and handed it back to me and said it wasn’t good. However, people seem to love the TV show, so I may try that. Some things are better on screen than page, and vice versa.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics
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  8. Justine says

    Haha loved this review! I watched the tv show before I read the book. I was honestly extremely disappointed because I love the show so much, but the book was just awful. I recommend just watching the show if you are interested in the book.

  9. says

    I gigged at your review lol especially the gifs which made me laugh. I’ve been avoiding the book for a while now, because I have a feeling I might not like it either, but let’s see. Here’s to hoping I do :) Thank you for the honest review x
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  10. Marketa says

    Best review ever! Nearly pissed myself. I’m almost finished reading the book and must say it’s the worst piece of literature I’ve read in a looong long time. Every other sentence just makes you want to throw it out of the window. I expect it is not going to finish in a satisfying way, but there’s no chance I’ll be reading the following sequels.

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  1. […] So, as you all know, I reviewed the book this was based on a few months ago. I read the blurb and fell in love with it. It seemed like the ultimate dystopia set in BOTH space and earth. Unfortunately, it was a severely disappointing read, as it was more of a overly dramatic romance story where everyone is concerned about who kissed who, who impregnated who, who hugged where, etc. etc. Like seriously, you’re in a potentially STILL toxic world and the you’re proud of the fact that you’re the first girl who’s been kissed in that planet for the last century? Man, you sure prioritize the important ones /sarcasm. The world-building, on the other hand, was not only weak but shady and vague as shit. Everything in it was just gibberish, so I rated accordingly: a 1 star. Here’s my review if you want to read it. […]