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[REVIEW] The 100 – Kass Morgan

Kass Morgan
The 100
Hachette (UK: 29th August 2013; US: 3rd September 2013; AU: September 2013)
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When you have to be told how to pronounce a title, that’s probably a sign the title needs changing. It looks like “The One-Hundred” to me, but the publisher says it’s “The Hundred”. Even the IMdb page calls it “The Hundred”. Stylistically, The 100 seems good as branding, but it’s just not practical.

Ah, book packagers. They make excellent sense from a business point of view, but kind of insulting from a reader’s point of view. How do they get off making vast generalisations about what they think people want to read? Well, Alloy Entertainment gives us three spaceships – thumbs-up! But dreadfully underused – boo!

Out of the four main characters, only one is based on a spaceship – the other three go to live on Earth. And what happens down there is lite-survivalist stuff, which doesn’t work for me. (Much better survivalist stuff can be found in Mindy McGinnis’s Not a Drop to Drink, or Blythe Woolston’s Black Helicopters. I recommend both books, especially the latter.)

The spaceship happenings are a lot more intriguing. There seems to be a class system: three different spaceships, linked by skybridges. Phoenix is the wealthy one, Walden is the poor one, and Arcadia is middle. It’s during the comet viewing party that Glass uncovers a deadly secret.

The problem with this novel is one most common in romance novels: the really interesting stuff is in the past. The biggest conflicts are over. We’re left with residual effects, so they’re not strong enough to hook readers. The clinic Clarke finds, Wells’ dobbing, Bellamy’s mum and sister, Glass’ hospitalisation…these are all revealed during flashbacks, and when your flashbacks are more interesting than the present, the story is being told in the wrong timeframe.

Also troublesome is that Alloy Entertainment created this book series to go with a TV series (due to broadcast in March 2014 in the US). My tastes in books and television vary greatly (mostly animated comedies and sports entertainment), so the book hasn’t lured me into viewing the series (which may or may not be available in Australia, anyway). It has, however, given me an idea of what the characters look like, thanks to the IMDb page. Problem: Glass isn’t listed there (last checked: 26th December 2013), and when the most appealing character and plot may not even get screen-time…well, that’s another reason not to watch.

Writing-wise (rather than story-wise), my only real quibble is that the chapters tend to end with a sentence/paragraph that’s supposed to be deep and meaningful, but just makes my eyes roll. You know when drunken people think they’re being really profound, but they’re actually spouting faff? That.

It doesn’t surprise me that some people DNF’d this book. It is a bit meh in the beginning, and the action doesn’t really kick in until the comet. All this said, I do plan to check out Book 2. I need more spaceship page-time, damn it!

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Holly Black: THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN (paperback): 12th August 2014: Buy (US)
Jessica Brody: THE INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR: 14th January 2014: Buy (US)
Máire Claremont: A LADY UNDONE: 4th February 2014: Buy (AU)
Stephanie Diaz: EXTRACTION: 22nd July 2014: Buy (US)
Em Garner: CONTAMINATED (paperback): 2nd July 2014: Buy (US)
Em Garner: untitled 2nd CONTAMINATED novel: 26th August 2014: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: EVERY PART OF YOU (paperback): 1st September 2014: Buy (US)
Kristi Helvig: BURN OUT: 8th April 2014: Buy (US)
Jessa Holbrook: WHILE YOU’RE AWAY (paperback): 20th May 2014: Buy (US)
Darynda Jones: SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE (paperback): 26th August 2014: Buy (US)
Marie Langager: BEYOND OUR STARS: 19th December 2013: Buy (US)
Richelle Mead: SILVER SHADOWS: 29th July 2014: Buy (US)
Kass Morgan: THE 100 (paperback): 5th August 2014: Buy (US)
Lisa Ann O’Kane: ESSENCE: 3rd June 2014: Buy (US)
Amy Christine Parker: GATED (paperback): 27th May 2014: Buy (US)
Amy Christine Parker: ASTRAY: 26th August 2014: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: SANCTUM: 26th August 2014: Buy (US)

3rd September 2013 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Laura Bickle
The Outside (The Hallowed Ones, Book 2)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 3rd September 2013)
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After a plague of vampires was unleashed in the world, Katie was kicked out of the safe haven of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. She enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two friends and a horse by her side. And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. But can they be trusted, and are they even people at all?

Holly Black
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Hachette (US & UK: 3rd September 2013)
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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

Kass Morgan
The 100
Hachette (US: 3rd September 2013)
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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 recolonise 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.

Caragh M. O’Brien
Promised (Birthmarked, Book 3)
Macmillan Square Fish (US: 3rd September 2013)
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After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever. She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland. In Gaia’s absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher. Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what – or whom – she loves most?

September 2013 Releases

Done with August 2013 Releases? Here are September 2013 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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