Today, I will be reviewing "The 100" by Kass Morgan.
I'm really excited to review this one, but not for the reason you may think!
This is the blurb :)
"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."
At approximately 323 pages long, it didn't take me long before I devoured my way through this book. Let's begin the review :)
Why am I so emotionally invested in this series? Because I watched the TV series on recommendation from Savannah, and I couldn't believe how good it was. Right from the first episode, I could feel the nagging sensations in my heart and mind saying - "Yup, you're addicted now...good job. Great. Fantastic. Now I am to move all this important stuff to make room for this lesser important thing but which you rate so highly above things like...math, common sense, and your inhibitions".
For the past few weeks, I had just been PLOWING through episodes whenever I could. Once I finished the first season, I went onto forums and blogs to learn more, and also made a board on Pinterest just so I could look at more pictures of beautiful Bellamy and Clarke.
That's why reading the book has emotionally ruined me. Going from the TV series which has exploded my horizons of amazement, to a book that is almost making me wish I would stop comparing to Twilight in terribleness levels. I was so excited when I found out that this was a book before it was originally the TV series, that I started screaming and instantly went to order it from the Book Depository online (Just...telling you guys....free shipping....Yolo or something).
I got the hardcover, the one with the beautiful whiteness and the symbolicalness in the letters of the writing. I was so excited, I was almost scared this excitement was going to rival the excitement I'll have one day with the birth of my firstborn.
The day it arrived, I tore it out of the packaging, carefully placing the other books on my "To-read-shelf" and plowed right through the chapters of The 100.
I think after chapter 3...I slowed down, disillusionment and desperation began to fill my heart as I started to realise...What is going on? Am I reading the same book?
The book in is FOUR PERSPECTIVES. Yes, that's right. Four of them. Instantly my red flags go up because writing in different perspectives is hard. If you do it well, making sure that each of their perspectives are different and the way they think and write are unique and different to them, it makes it perfect...but you are pretty much 99% going to fail it because it's hard with just two perspectives. THIS IS BLOODY FOUR.
The four characters are the following:
WELLS JAHA: He is the 17 year old son of the Chancellor (Big boss on the ship). He is literally such a piece of poop in the book, but one of my favourite characters in the TV series (Besides Bellamy Mr. Hottiness over there). In the TV series, Wells was a good friend of Clarke's on the ship. They were the closest of friends, and one day he purposely told his Father a secret that Clarke shared with him about how her father had been breaking the law. On the ship, if you break a law, you don't even get a trial, you just instantly get sucked out into the space. Instant death. Death by explosion. Implosion maybe. So, Clarke hates Wells in the TV series because he got her father killed, and got her sent to prison. He tries to be friendly with her, and to express just how sorry he is for what he had done, but Clarke is pretty aggro at him throughout the TV series...that is until he dies. WELLS. DIES. And right before he dies, he confesses that it was actually his mother that got his father killed, and that Wells didn't tell anyone. I was so thrown off, but hey, it's a tv series, it's gotta happen...
Then I read the book, and oh my gosh...if I were personally on the ship I'd just vacuum him out into space because he is such a waste of resources. He dated Clarke on the ship, and they had a really good relationship, until Clarke shared her secret that her PARENTS were breaking the law under one of the other Chancellor's commands. Wells, seeing how much Clarke was in pain, tells his father, and BOTH her parents get death by vacuum into space, and Clarke gets sent to prison. Wells, completely distraught at what he has done, cold shoulders his father and tries to think of revenge, and how he could possibly get Clarke out. That's when he finds out that the Chancellor has ruled that all the delinquents in the prison will be sent down to a supposedly radioactive Earth to see if it's liveable, because their supplies are running low. Wells thinks, "OH NO THEY ARE SENDING MY MOST BELOVED DOWN TO DIE ON EARTH. I MUST BE WITH HER!" and devises a plan that will get him sent into prison...
Now this is where I literally smacked my face into the book because I could not believe how DUMB and STUPID a character could be. It was almost rivalling Bella Swan from Twilight. Just the sheer level of idiocy and complete lack of common sense. Every single time it came to his perspective, I almost wanted to throw the book away from me from frustation. Wells decides, that the only way to get to the one he loves, is to stupidly damage the oxygen vents which carry life supporting air to all of them on the ship...ALL OF THEM. EVERY SINGLE ONE. He literally DOOMS the last of humanity to be forced to die, or leave to a possibly radioactive Earth, all because he wanted to make Clarke love him again.
Clarke is the 17 year old main protagonist in the TV series, and one of the four perspectives in the book. Now, I ADORED Clarke in the TV series. She is one half of my major ship! She is actually one of the very first female protagonists that I didn't find whiney, or obnoxiously dumb in her choice making. She was brave, smart, emotionally and physically strong, but was vulnerable and had weaknesses (can anybody say pride and hypocrisy with me?) I basically loved her as a female protagonist.
Then I read Clarke Griffin in the book...wow..what a giant change. A giant change of ABSOLUTE WASTE.
She turned into everything I hate and despise in a female protagonist. She was whiney, she was weak and a lot of the time a damsel in distress for her love interests to save her (YES.. INTERESTS. NOT ONE, BUT MANY. MORE THAN ONE IS MANY). Clarke turned into a little school girl in the book, and it aggravated me. While I still shipped her and Bellamy together, it felt so forced in the books. It honestly was that Clarke was a piece of meat for her to be chosen by one of the guys. Her perspective was pretty my second favourite in the book, but that's not saying very much when there isn't much of a choice. Both of her parents are dead in the books because of Wells, and she despises him. I completely understand why she would, but the way she goes about it like a little child and crosses her arms and ignores him unless she needs something just made me want to bite off the pages of her perspective. There were times where she was so hypocritical it just made me cringe, for instance, when Clarke goes to walk off by herself because Bellamy is mad at her and everyone is mad at her and she wants to be alone SO SHE GOES WALKING OFF INTO THE WOODS WHICH SHE HAD NO IDEA ABOUT SINCE ALL SHE HAD BEEN IN HER WHOLE LIFE IS A SHIP WITH ONLY ONE PLANT WHICH IS A GIANT TREE. CLARKE, YOU STUPID COW. Clarke comes across this broken down, VERY VISIBLY DAMAGED STRUCTURED HOUSE, and decides to go in and investigate. Without her knowledge, Wells had followed her like a giant creeper, and when the floor crumbles underneath her, she screams out Wells name.......................
He comes running to the rescue, and they have a moment...then within the SAME CHAPTER, they have a making out session in the forest....
Yes...oh yes...he is most definitely my favourite. I don't know if you can tell why, but yeah...*silently strokes the computer screen*
In the TV show, Bellamy Blake is 23 year old hardass...but with EMOTIONS. At the start, you despise him because he goes against Clarke at every decision. Get food or sleep with everyone in the group? Get life saving water or have a camp with NO rules whatsoever? Let there be a leader so that there is no chaos or let the leader be the crazy one who sleeps with every girl in camp and is a total pain in the butt? I thought he was SO annoying in the first few episodes...then he did a complete 180 spin on me. He went from being this brute, to this vulnerable boy who you just wanted to smother him with cuddles and kisses. He had flaws, he was struggling and you could see that. He was trying to look out for his little sister, Octavia, because he loved her and his mother wasn't able to properly. He is just one of my most favourite characters of ALL time in ANY series. He is just that multi-leveled and dreamy.
And him and Clarke are my biggest ship at this moment. If they do not get together romantically, I will become a flying fox of fits.
But in the book? IN THE BOOK? Oh my mint chocolate fudge sundae... he went from such a strong character who had breakdowns in the series to a little brat who took want he wanted and whined when what he wanted wasn't treating him like a King. While he is a HUGE leap better than all the other perspectives in the book, and I found that when it came to his, I devoured the chapter (I have no idea why...maybe because of Bob Morley...) and I actually learnt MORE about his tragic backstory. Additional information is always a secret pleasure of mine. In the book, he wasn't a leader, he didn't even challenge Clarke at being a leader (Which leads to their dreamy tension of "I'M THE LEADER AND I FIND YOU REALLY APPEALING, LET'S BE A BOY AND A GIRL FRIEND") whenever things got hard, he'd just go and hunt in the forest to think. Which, is totally attractive and all, but not when it's a bratty thing to do. His relationship with Clarke is pitiful, and so rushed...they go out into the woods together to get medic supplies that dropped, and they leave the woods making out...IN THE SAME DAY. Then the next day, they have 'broken up' because Bellamy saw Clarke sitting with Wells and though they were back together. Bellamy, you are a 23 year old. This is not preschool, put down that mouthful of drama and shut your beautiful but stupid face.
His relationship with Octavia is even creepier too! In the TV series, he is a big brother who is trying to care for his 16-17 year old sister, and sometimes borderlines on being too protective and not letting her live. In the books, he is this creepy brother who is trying to protect his 14 year old sister, who is a drug addict. He keeps writing in his chapters about he was going to take her far away from the group, and it'd be just him and her, and I couldn't think "Wow...that's actually a little creepy...Just a little". He was so different from the series, and it actually made me think that he wasn't THAT great of a character in the book.
One of the things that hurt me the most...was that there was no 'Princess' nickname between Bellamy and Clarke. NONE. It hurt me 'cos that just made me cry from joy every time I heard it in the TV series...and it was gone. In the blink of an eye, my favourite thing about this was gone.
In conclusion, I would actually NOT recommend this book. I would recommend the TV series (Gasp, I know...I've committed the ultimate book sin). There is so much more layers and character development, you have sickeningly gorgeous Bob Morley acting as Bellamy Blake, and these characters that you just care more about than yourself.
....I will show you a reason why to watch the TV series.
His name is Bob Morley as Bellamy Blake.