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.
Oh dearie me.
I had high hopes for this one, I really did. Unfortunately the majority of the Science Fiction / Dystopian novels I read are pretty crappy — generic plot, boring characters — and I feel like this one fell into that slot.
My main issue with this was the multiple POVs. THE 100 follows the story of four characters–Clarke, Wells, Bellamy, and Glass. Three of whom are sent down to Earth, and one who manages to escape back onto ship before it leaves for Earth. Clarke, I thought was the typical heroine, though while she was quite independent, annoyed me until the end of the novel. Wells, who had traveled down on Earth purely for Clarke, was a bit bland. Bellamy (am in love with his name, by the way) was a little more interesting– he fought his way onto the ship for this sister, Octavia, and was hot-headed and almost arrogant at times. Glass was the only main character who remained on the ship — Walden and Phoenix — and was seeking out an old love that she left before being Confined. I enjoyed her point of view more than the others’ as I felt more was actually happening.
Now, I can stand a couple, even three, point of views–but four is really pushing my limits. If the characters had been more engaging, the storyline more intriguing, then perhaps it wouldn’t have been so annoying. This was not the case with THE 100. On top of the multiple point of views was the fact that there were flashback in almost every chapter. This combines my two pet-hates in fiction — so when I realized this, I knew I probably wasn’t going to enjoy this book as much as I’d hoped. This leads me to another point I only briefly touched on before. There wasn’t much happening. I was constantly waiting, waiting, waiting, for something to happen — and nothing much did until the very end.
Overall, a disappointing read.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?