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Friday, April 11, 2014

Amazon Review: The Hundred

     
ISBN: 978-0316234474
September 3, 2013
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After a post-apocalypse, Earth is no longer safe and livable. Forced to live in space ships, the oxygen supply is depleting. With no other choice, 100 delinquents are sent to Earth to test and declare it safe. The book is told from four points of view Clarke, Wells, Glass, and Ballemy.

The audience is first introduced to Clarke. The story begins with guards releasing her from her prison cell on a space ship. In her prospective she thinks she is about to be executed, the audience knows nothing of her past. However, in time we see the past and how she came to be one of the hundred delinquents. Wells is the son of the commander in charge. Ballemy is the typical bad boy who cares for the people that are dear to him. Glass has a tragic past and the character to root for.

I found that Glass was the most interesting of the four. Her past was delicate, passionate and relatable. I couldn’t relate to the other characters very well. Clarke was selfish and Wells needed to be slapped in the face to come out of the “Imsoinlovewithyouforever” coma phase with Clarke. Ballemy was a handful he needed to chill out, he made my eyes roll. It would have been interesting to have Wells and Ballemy die during or soon after the crash landing to Earth. Two points of view from Clarke and Glass’s perspective would be easier to understand; Clarke and Glass had the most history and were the most intriguing of the bunch. I didn’t understand the need for Ballemy’s character at all.

The book is a very short and fast read but difficult to start. The Hundred reads more like a script. The dialogue is stiff and awkward. It is sometimes hard to tell the past from the present.

If you were a fan of The Vampire Diaries (TVD) before the show came out then this book is for you. The Hundred will be a TV series on the CW to air in March 2014.Because I read the book, I will watch the TV show but I don’t think I will continue with the series.

I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.

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