The first book in the New York Times bestselling series that inspired the hit CW television show.
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.
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.
Morgan's ambitious dystopian novel, set to become a TV series on the CW network, starts with 100 teenagers living in a tightly controlled society aboard an orbiting colony; all are facing their 18th birthdays and have been convicted of various offenses. As an alternative to retrial and probable execution, the teens are being sent back to Earth, abandoned centuries earlier when it became too toxic to inhabit. Third-person narration shifts among four teens three who return to Earth, and one who escaped and remains on the station. The plotting is fast-paced, and the story volleys rapidly between multiple characters, action in the present, and flashbacks, which doesn't always make for smooth reading. Morgan's flair for the dramatic ("He tasted like joy, and joy tasted better on Earth") can be forced, but it's easy to be drawn in by the Lord of the Flies style tension that builds as the teens struggle to set up a new society on a battered Earth, and by the smoldering romances that hang in the balance. A last-page cliffhanger sets up the sequel. Ages 15 up.
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The 100 IN LOVE
i love this book i recommend it strongly if you like the hunger games. i usually hate reading and if i read it would take me a moth to read a book like this but i liked this book so much i finished it in 3 days i love this book so much and i cant wait till day 21 comes out to see what happens to Glass and Luke and Bellamy and Clark and Wells and his father
Just finished reading the first chapter and it is epic! I saw reviews saying this book was no good, but don't listen. If you like the main general ideas of the book you'll love it. It is epic!! I can't wait for this to come out as a tv series as well, it'll be interesting to see and I think it's going to be transferred very well from the book to TV. Anyway, definitely read this if you like the sci fi genre or are intrigued with the general storyline.
Maybe too much romance, not enough sci-fi
A good read, with a wonderful premise, set in an interesting world. However, the scope of the story is bogged down a bit by a focus on the romantic. I had no problem with the romantic plot lines themselves, save for the fact that in such a short book they distract from the world and the overall story, both of which are much more interesting then who kissed who.