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.
The 100 was a book I was very interested in reading, ever since I saw the preview for the show. I was one of the people who didn't even know there was a book till later. Let me tell you, the book was great.
The book centers on four different characters, all involved in the 100 who are sent to Earth. The space station these teenagers are living in is slowly running out of supplies. The government decides to send the 100 juvenile delinquents to Earth, to find out the conditions of the planet. The teens have been imprisoned for various crimes and this is their way to "give back" to the community. When the group lands on the planet, all kinds of adventures begin.
Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect from the book. I was a bit nervous considering it's supposed to be about 100 characters, all at once. Obviously, I knew the story would focus on the predominant characters, but I didn't know who or how many. I liked the number four. I liked the four different personalities, the four different predicaments the characters were in. I don't know that I liked anyone in particular, but I know a few of them drove me a bit nuts at times (which is a good thing).
It was also nice to see the back story on the characters. The flashbacks of explanation were in perfect places, and I was very happy to figure out how these characters arrived at the places they were at. I'm excited to see where the story goes from here.
Also, yes, I'll be watching the show. Even from the opening pages, you can tell the show will be different. However, I'm super excited to see what happens on screen. I kind of really like the dynamics of the show and the book being released together. Ms Morgan is a wonderful writer and I think this book is a good solid debut. I look forward to seeing what happens next!
The 100 arrives at bookstores September 3, 2013!