I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley
Humans now live on a spaceship just above earth. They are unsure of whether Earth is liveable on yet, but they have no other choice than to find out. The ship is dying, and oxygen is running low. The Council decides to send 100 teenage prisoners down to earth and see if they survive.
I went into the 100 expecting very little, with little expectations. I adore the tv show. I love the characters and the setting, and I think that it is executed better on TV as it is in book format.
The plot is dull and slow, and I found myself getting bored really easily. One main problem I had was the lack of world-building. We get very little background to what happened on earth. I also didn’t like the amount of flashbacks, or the switching of the POVs, I didn’t hate them, but I didn’t particularly like them either.
I felt like some of the characters were completely unimportant to the story at all. For example, Glass? I don’t see the point of her story at all. Was it just so the readers could get a sense of life on the ship a bit better? I personally found her character boring. Wells was another character I was not fond of. He sabotaged the lives of thousands of humans for one girl? Is this guy serious? I just couldn’t get around his whining and his obsession with Clarke. Clarke was a character I liked, as was Bellamy and Octavia, but I think that was probably just because I adore them in the show, so I must say I was very influenced.
Overall, not a book I would personally recommend. Slow paced, lack of plot development or character development and very little world building.
MY RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Also, just a little note – Finn is on the cover of my edition (I know because it’s the TV cover), but wouldn’t it make sense to take him off, considering he isn’t even in the book?