Sunday, July 31, 2016

The 100

I hope you enjoy........(contains a few spoilers)

"The 100 by Kass Morgan "book review

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.
So I was a bit sceptic about this book. There's a series of that book that might go into a different direction than intented and if I as a reader am really caught up with the plot and I start watching a series that is based upon this novel I might feel betrayed if the plot will turn out very different. But it's all fine, because I will of course read all the books first ( update: this is not true) 
Although I was sceptic at first , the second I read the description of this book I instantly fell in love. The storyline is just genius. This book is a dystopian young adult fiction, so people who have read Divergent or the Maze Runner will definitely like this book as well. 
So imagine that a nuclear war contaminated the earth and the survivors of this war now live on a spaceship. There's one spaceship , but it's divided into three sections. There's the Phoenix, the Walden and the Arcadian. The people that live on the Phoenix have a pretty good life. They have enough to eat and to drink and have never had to suffer. The Walden and the Arcadian are like the "District 12". The people barely have enough to eat or even enough water to keep themselves clean.
So to make sure everything goes well, there are these rules that you have to follow. For example you are not allowed to have more than one child. There's only about enough food for only a specific number of people. You are also not allowed to start a relationship with somebody who is on the Walden or the Arcadian, when you're on the Phoenix. Besides that there are many other rules. If you break these rules you will get send to prison and you will most likely be executed.
So there are suprisingly many teenagers in prison. They would have been executed at the age of eighteen, but they can consider themselves as lucky because they are given a second chance. They are send to the earth to see for themselves if life on earth is possible.

So about 100 teenagers are send down to the earth. The main characters Clarke, Bellamy and Wells  are included. There's also a girl called Glass that is one of the narrators but she can run away in the last second possible , so she doesn't have to go to the earth. Basically Clarke discovered that her parents did experiments on children with radioactive rays. They are being forced to do so. Clarke dicovers their work, but keeps quiet about it. The only person she tells  is Wells her boyfriend and the son of the chancellor. He thinks that he can help her by telling his dad(!) . Unfortunately Clarke is also sentenced guilty because she didn't say anyting about the work of her parents. So her parents were executed and she had been in prison before she was sent to earth. Great job Wells, real great. When Wells realized what he had done he tries to save Clarke, he also overhears a conversation of his father and the vize-chancellor that the spaceship is running low on oxygen. So the trip to earth would have been in a year. But due to the fact that Clarke would have been 18 by then Wells does another bad life choice and he damages the shield that basically keeps the oxygen in the spaceship. Then he almost burns a tree,(a very sacred tree, on purpose) and  gets send to earth too. 
Bellamy actually wasn't intented to be send to earth but his little sister was, because she stole pills, because she's a bit of a drug-addict. Bellamy doesn't want her to go alone so he almost kills the chancellor and sneaks on to the ship that brings the people down to earth. In this time Glass sneaks off and she actually gets pardoned of her sentence. She and a boy of the Walden named Luke had a relationship and a baby (which she lost ;( ) But she realizes that there is also a big problem on the spaceship because due to her genius best-friend Wells they might all die due to the lack of oxygen . Meanwhile on earth everybody slowly discovers that they are not alone......

Dam..dam..damm....I really liked this book, not only because of the amazing storyline. I also liked the way the book was written. Every chapter had a different length , which I found very nice because it sometimes annoys me that most of the chapters of books are always the same length. And every chapter was written in a different point of view of the main characters. There always was this flashback, so you learned about the past and about the crimes the characters did, but only as the story proceeded. In the beginning I loved Wells,Octavia,Clarke and Glass and I totally shipped Wells and Clarke. But as the story proceeded I noticed what a complete douche Wells is and I was soo mad at Octavia for being a drug-addict and lying to her brother. I liked Glass till the very end but then in the last chapter or so you realize that she did some really bad sh** as well. The only ones I still liked were Clarke and surprisingly Bellamy. And I totally ship them. #Bellarke
But this is also the part of the stoy that fascinates me. Kass Morgan has written a book that introduces you to characters who have done some  bad life choices. They are not heroes and they might even be bad people, but they all have done these things because of a reason and you as a reader still like the characters although of their actions. But hey who's perfect, right?.....

I really liked this book and I'm really excited to read the next one. Definitely read this book if you haven't already done that.

4.5 out of 5 cupcakes

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