The 100 (The 100 #1) | Book Review

I have a rule when I watch a movie or show. I always read the book first. It is a law isn’t it? When I started watching The 100, I didn’t know about the book adaptation until I was almost done with the first season. Since I have finished all the recent episodes, I need to keep Bellamy and Clarke alive in my heart. If you haven’t watched the first season of the show or read the book, you are okay because all the spoilers are contained. (No pun intended)

The 100 (The 100, #1)

Title: The 100

Author: Kass Morgan

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Released: September 3, 2013

Pages: 323 (Hardback)

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.

Kass Morgan

About the Author: Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels.


Clarke Griffin was confined for something her parents did before the Council decided to float them. Bellamy Blake was a guard who would do anything in his power to protect the person he protects and loves the most, his sister. Wells Jaha got himself confined for the girl he loved the most despite his dad being the head. Glass Sorenson was confined for breaking one of the biggest laws on the Colony. All these prisoners, plus 96 more have been sent down almost 100 years after a nuclear war to test if the ground is safe. Will these prisoners be able to get the Colony down to Earth before who knows what happens occurs.

This book was nothing like the show and I sort of enjoyed it. The show follows the same premise of the book but the characters are different, the plot, and the characters in general. It was like I was reading the screenplay after watching the show but I was still on the edge of my seat because I didn’t know if something was going to happen or not. And plus, I really like Bellamy a hundred times more than the show and I love me Bellamy. And #Bellarke but that really isn’t a spoiler for anything. Not much of a spoiler at least. 

Kass Morgan has a great writing style that is really different and unique that I really enjoyed. She writes through present time and she goes back to the past to describe some of the backstory but it is really easy to know when something was now or then. She uses these two different fonts and different colors that makes the whole premise easy to follow. If you have read Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy, it is set up sort of like that. But her writing is so light and fun that you will want to know what is happening next and who all you can or can not trust. 

One other really interesting thing that I actually enjoyed in Kass Morgan’s novel that I don’t always love is different perspectives. It was written in third person, which isn’t my favorite but she writes so intriguing. You follow the story between Bellamy Blake, Clarke Griffin, Glass Sorenson, and Wells Jaha and you get to see how all of their story lines intertwine together and make one big story that is so interesting and so powerful. Plus, it really makes you think about what you would do if you were in their shoes because there is a lot of stuff that happens to these people. 

This book is just so unique and so fascinating that you should all go and get this book in your hands. And the show but that’s a different post that is already somewhere up here. How many times do you get to go and read a book that involves nuclear war, space, and prisoners. The concept is just so original and apparently she knew someone who dreamed this whole thing. And the book was so thought out and planned that you really don’t feel like you are reading the book. You feel like you are watching something on TV or it is really happening to you. You get sucked into this world that you really don’t want to leave. 

I really didn’t have that many problems with the story but some of the stories seemed a little stretched out and Glass was just annoying. It might just be me that didn’t like Glass but I hated her. I also am not the biggest Wells supporter. In reality, I don’t like Glass and Wells for the same reason but in honor of keeping this spoiler free, I am not going to be telling you that. Some of the events that happened in the plot just seemed like they were going on forever and ever and they sort of repeated themselves. But I really liked getting to know different people’s perspective on what was happening because that is great. I also wish that Octavia had her own section because some of the stuff that happens would be interesting to read in her thoughts. 

Overall, I would have to go and give the book a 4.5 out of 5. Other than some of my problems with the characters, I really loved this book. I loved everything that happened and I think it might have to be my favorite (or one of) book of all time. The book also leaves off with a lot of cliff hangers so I really want to dive into the next book and learn what happens next. Just a quick warning though: don’t plan on reading a certain number or pages or minutes. You will read the whole entire book in one sitting, or at least want to. 

Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Did you read the books before you watched the show? Did you like the show or the book better? Who do you ship and why? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

Happy Reading,

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