The 100 Series – Book Review

Evening y’all, hope you all had a wonderful “hump day” I know mine was bliss. Of course this means we’re all one step closer to the weekend so woo woo! So I was looking through posts this week and realized that I haven’t talked much about The 100 Series…part of this May be because for tv viewers fans haven’t always been very nice or willing to see the other possibilities on tv or in the books. This series has had some ups and downs – Book wise – I mean and while I’m a big believer of reading a book first before television or movies are watched I unfortunately didn’t go in that direction at all. So far there is 4 books in this shitty series, they go in the order of The 100, Day 21, The 100 – Homecoming & Rebellion, I’ve read up to Homecoming then I gave up.

The 100 is written by Kass Morgan it has a total of 323 pages and I rated it 2/5 cups of earl grey tea. (The stuff that I hate 😂 )

If by some wild chance you’ve never heard of The 100, then let me get you up to speed. “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.”

My biggest issue with this book as well as those following it is that I watch The 100 TV show fell in complete love and thought, oh my goodness I’ve got to read these books…I mean the book is always better than the screen. Well, I got quite the shock because boy did I hate the books. I hate that I hated them you know…but I just couldn’t get around how sloppy the books had been written and how are they completely different from where the TV show went.

Preferably I’d say to just watch the TV show, I greatly enjoy how they changed the concepts in addition to how the characters are built to be more complex. In the books even though I love this characters I could not stand how they were written: Octavia is much less fierce, Glass and Luke’s characters to me were meant as fillers and weren’t written with much care, and I hated the multi POVs. (As most of you already know, I’m not a fan of this writing style but I can stand it when you just see inside 2or 3 characters not more than 5 at some points. I left as though Kass Morgan was trying to please everyone with this tactic (not such a great trait in an author).

Overall, for me I just think that the television adaptation made the plot line much stronger as well as more interesting. There is definite spots during the books where it would have been more interesting to shoot myself in the foot than read. Another issue that arose that didn’t bother me was that the world building was strong or even very engaging at moments; I mean you don’t need to see details like Tolkien did in LOTR’s but a few more details would have been nice as well.

All and all I had high hopes to see more of the characters I loved like Raven, Jasper, Clarke, Bellamy and etc. but unfortunately some of those are missing from the books. I will say that you may enjoy these books as a stand alone if you’ve never watched the television show or even seen the trailers. Really the only readers I see enjoying the books are die-hard fans of the show. If you wanted a book basically resembling a fandom fan-fiction then this is the book for you. Besides those readers I honestly, wouldn’t suggest this book or it’s series to anyone sure it has all the makings of a wonderful fantastic dystopia but it was lacking in all departments. Hopefully you have better luck with this book series, The 100 and good luck on your reading adventures.

Till next time, T 📚

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