The 100 by Kass Morgan
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kass Morgan born in New York, The United States.
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. Kass is currently working on the sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that allows laptops on the weekend.- bio from Goodreads.
I am going to be honest and let you all know I watched the TV show before reading the book. Actually I didn't even know the show was based on a book. Now I am going to review the book as if I did not see the TV show which should not be an issue when the TV show is so different from the book. I mean the TV show is very loosely based off the book. Like they decided to run with the back plot of a scifi dytopian future as the focus and make the romance a subplot unlike the book which was a great decision.
I should start off by saying despite the synopsis this book is not really about a dystopian future in space and on a toxic earth. Sure that is where the book is set but you do not get any of the drama/plot you would expect from a scifi dystopian book like; a fight to stay alive, save the human race, rebuild society, and so on. All you get is a plot that is overstuffed with romance and teenagers who do epic-ally stupid things for love/sex. If you were expecting it to be like the Hunger games, Divergent, or even the TV show, where the romance would take place in the subplot, you will be disappointed. The promise of an epic dystopian scifi novel is there but in the background. The promise of great characters, including a strong female teenager, is there but overshadowed by the horrendously stupid mistakes the characters make for love/sex. It felt like the author asked herself, hhmm I wounder how a teenager (who has the IQ below 100 like all teenagers in love have) would react to this?
This stereotype, that teenagers make stupid epic mistakes while in love or because of love, might be true in reality 15% of the time, so it really pisses me off when an authors' characters fall victim to it 100% of the time. If I could tell the author anything it would be to not fall victim to this stereotype and to cut back on the romance and build the dystopian world. I have not read the second book yet but I feel that since a lot of characters die (spoiler alert) in this first book it might be easier to cut back on the romance and beef up the dystopian world based around survival instead of love.