The 100 (The Hundred #1)
by Kass Morgan
What is it about:
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.
Clark 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.
What did I think of it:
The first thing I thought about when reading that Earth was abandoned because of radiation, and now people were returning to its surface: mutants!
Yes: I hoped for the teens to have to battle scary mutated humans and animals.
This first book is mainly about how the lead characters ended up being send to Earth. There's some bickering once they get to Earth, some love triangle drama, but no mutants! (I won't count that one two-headed deer.)
Not that this is a bad book. It was just very different from what I had expected it to be. It's more a set up of world, characters, and things to come than a book about battling for survival.
I really liked some of the teens. Especially Bellamy is a cool character. He's practical, good to have on your side in a fight, and despite his background a bit naive in my opinion.
Overall this is an entertaining read, and at the end of the book there's an event that makes me curious about what will happen next. So I think I will get my trotters on book two one of these days.
Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable SciFi read.