God this book was painful to read, but let the record show that I resisted DNFing it and made it to the end. Anyone who was around me while I was slowly forcing myself through this, deserves a medal– I vented to them on the daily, you know who you are. Without further ado, it’s time for a RANT.
This will contain spoilers because who can really control themselves while on a rant? I sure as Hell can’t.
On the chopping block today is The 100 by Kass Morgan. You know that awesome TV show full of suspense, anti-heroes, and sci-fi awesomeness? This is nothing like that.
Synopsis via goodreads:
“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.”
The premise of this series got me very excited. What’s not to love? I was promised sci-fi, which I love, anti-heroes, a post-apocalyptic Earth, danger, and basically everything that points to the making of an amazing series. I cannot tell you how happy I am that I didn’t go ahead and order all the books from the get-go. I’ll admit it, I watched the series first. I made it through the first 3 seasons and LOVED the show! It’s full of everything I wanted the books to be.
What I liked: SPACE! – that’s about it.
Now for what I didn’t like— the list is quite a bit longer.
Let’s start with my first disappointment. See that cover that I posted with the synopsis? You might recognize the actors from the show, but see that guy in the middle? You might think he’s pretty important given he’s a character in the show- I mean, he’s right there on the cover! That’s Finn, yeah he’s not in the book. Okay, so the show went a different direction than the books but WHY IS HE ON THE COVER? Just no.
Now let’s talk about this Glass character. She isn’t on the show but that’s not my problem with her. My problem is that she’s a dumb 17-year-old who can’t stop gushing about being in love. She was put in the prison because she got pregnant. On a space station. With very strict population control laws. Oh, and they’re running out of oxygen. Talk about irresponsible and selfish, she actually endangered they ENTIRE human population (to their knowledge). What about contraception? You’re telling me that at 17, on a space station with a – I will kill you if you have a child without permission- rule, that they wouldn’t have condoms, the pill, literally anything? Yeah, ok. Oh, and she and her little boyfriend get engaged. Did I mention she’s 17? And she comes with lines like this:
“if she had to die she wanted it to be in Luke’s arms.”
Make it stop.
Now for the story in general. NOTHING HAPPENS. All they do is pitch some tents and Bellamy kills one deer. Where’s the fight for survival?
There are no tragic backstories, dark qualities, or inner conflicts. Everyone is there as a criminal for doing something like stealing medicine for a sick grandma or bread for a starving kid. No one deserves to be there. Anti-heroes where art thou?! Give me real criminals over these wimps any day.
Every character loves another character and is willing to kill themselves for their “love.” It’s extremely annoying. Even worse, these characters have ZERO depth and the clichés just do not quit.
NOTHING happens in this book until p. 277!!! The book has 323 pages.
Fire breaks out in their camp and Wells is a self-righteous ass-hat. He “saves” Clarke (his love who hates his guts, but also loves him- don’t get me started on that), anyway, he prevents Clarke from running back into the fire to try to save HER BEST AND ONLY FRIEND WHO WAS SICK AND COULDN’T GET OUT. He literally holds her hostage so that she’s helpless. What an ass.
Clarke isn’t innocent. Oh no. They are still watching the fire die down and Clarke decides to go off with Bellamy to find his sister because she’s pissed at Wells and can’t stand to be near him. I can’t really blame her, but not 30 minutes ago her BEST FRIEND was burning to death and she’s worried about boy-drama.
It get’s even worse, Clarke and Bellamy are walking through the woods together and Bellamy makes some cocky comment about how he’ll probably take off his shirt at some point in their little adventure and she starts flirting with him and smiling. HER BEST FRIEND JUST DIED. Burned alive. I hate these characters.
This might be the only time I ever say this. Watch the show. Skip the books. That’s my advice to everyone. I’ll never get the time back that it took to read this. It’s just not worth it. I wanted to love this, but I’m just super disappointed.
Have you read this series or seen the show? Did I just tear apart one of your favorite books? Do you have a sci-fi recommendation for me? Who are your favorite anti-heroes?
Thanks for reading! -xo Amber
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