By: Kass Morgan
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.
I’m angry. I’m really angry.
I’m angry at myself for thinking that the 3.55 stars on Goodreads was wrong. I’m angry at myself for having hope that it would get better even when there was only 5 pages left in the book, I had hope. And lastly, I am angry that I wasted $10 on this piece of crap.
My entire feelings on this book is anger, resentment and utter devastation. I had such high hopes that this would be good. But that’s all it was; hope. I saw the amazing two first episodes of the TV show and immediately grabbed it when I went to Barnes and Noble. I was so excited. Until I saw the reviews on Goodreads. Ever since then I saw Clarke’s face peeking out on my shelf saying “Just get it over with already”, so finally I cracked the spine and there was no going back. Now I need to watch the show with burning hate in my lungs. Thanks, Kass, thanks a bunch.
When you’re writing a book that takes place, what, 300 years in the future? At least, there is a lot of world building and important backstory that needs to be developed BEFORE you start writing the book. The only ‘development’ of any sort in this book is character development, and that was done through boring flashbacks, which I will go more in-depth later. There are Arcadians and Pheonicans…..? I probably got those names wrong, but if you’ve read the book, you’ll know what I’m talking about. But anyway, there are the rich and the poor, and there’s also a star-crossed, forbidden love (which I will also go into more in-depth detail later on in the character section). I have no idea why there are rich and poor district on a spaceship that orbits earth in the future, that contains the last surviving human beings? It makes no sense. I just kept on humming ‘why can’t we be friends, why can’t we be friends’ because seriously, if there are only a couple thousand humans alive in space, I would not like to be grouped with the poor. I just don’t know how you’d be grouped with the poor, frankly, because if you make it to the ship, you might as well be the richest guy alive.
I will try so hard not to rant about everything wrong with these characters. I will keep it brief and short.
CLARKE- Your typical futuristic sci-fi-dystopian female heroine with the weird name and the beautiful blonde locks and green eyes, who kisses – and immediately shames herself afterwards – every guy she meets. Aside from the mean guy that everybody hates, cause he is a side character that only shows up to make the reader and characters want to put a bullet between his eyes. She’s a know-it-all who runs to save – and has to save – everybody who is injured.
WELLS- A boy who still loves a girl who hates his guts for practically killing her parents. Who burns a tree (yeah, a tree on a spaceship, apparently it was preserved or something), and risks his father’s position as chancellor just so that he can watch the twinkling stars with his ex who hates his guts.
BELLAMY- Another weird name! For the male protagonist (basically) and second guy in the Wells-Clarke-Bellamy love triangle that was really unnecessary. I do admire his bravery to risk his life for his sister. He sneaks onto the ship (before shooting somebody, and no, I won’t say who), so that he could make sure his sister wasn’t alone.
GLASS- A girl who escaped the ship right before it took off, and was always googly-eyed over her boyfriend. Ex-boyfriend, who sorta becomes her new boyfriend again. It’s complicated, okay? She doesn’t do much for the story, except give the readers an insight on what is happening on the ship while the prisoners are on Earth, and she doesn’t even do that.
As you can tell by my comments above, this is a romance novel that is reeling viewers in by making it sound like an action-packed sci-fi read about criminals that kill people and are bad (yet awesome) in every way. It fails over and over again, and I hate to say it, but there is basically nothing good about this book and the characters in it (except Bellamy, he is the best).
For a novel that was said to be a cross between Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games, is an insult beyond insults. To both of those books. There is crappy romance and plot twists that are not worth the 200+ pages. At all. (Though the ending was cool). This story got lost in the flashbacks that did absolutely nothing for the story, and made the already-awful book into something I will be seeing in my nightmares, smiling alongside Lucifer. Okay, maybe I’m going too far with this (I basically called this novel Hell), but what am I to say? I’m not going to lie to you. The only reason this gets 1 star is because Bellamy is the awesome character he is, and the idea is brilliant.
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*This book review was the winner of Rant and Rave About Book’s Rant Review Contest*