04 June 2014

The 100

Author: Kass Morgan
Series: The 100
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Verdict: Bury

The 100 had all the elements to be a great space opera novel for the young adult genre.  Even the synopsis had me itching to read it, and when I saw it on display at the library and saw that it had already been turned into a television show, I just had to give it a go.  After all, the front book sleeve totes:

"Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive.  There were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope."

Well, holy heck, batman, bring on the danger, action and suspense!

Unfortunately, Morgan decided to take a completely different path with The 100, and focused only on the ridiculous teen drama and romance between the four main characters of the novel.  The novel held no action or suspense at all, and the "crimes" that these juvenile delinquents committed are barely even, if at all, crimes by today's standards.  Instead of diving into character development and the building of this unique and strange world, Morgan instead spent the prose having the teenagers fight and make up and kiss.  There was a lot of kissing in this novel.  And perhaps if the stories of the relationships between the characters were interesting, it might have at least held my attention, but Morgan didn't even manage that feat.  Instead, The 100 reads like a teen targeted soap opera, and all the exciting elements that the book promises are simply back drops in an attempt to give the novel some premise of a plot.

The 100 ends on a cliffhanger, which no doubt is supposed to intrigue you into devouring the next novel.  But while I quickly made my way through this novel, it wasn't because I was absorbed by the story and couldn't put it down.  Instead, I was able to so quickly finish The 100 because it had little substance to its words at all.  The cliffhanger at the end did not cause me to cry out in disappointment that the conclusion of the novel was not present.  It made me roll my eyes at the audacity of Morgan to throw a highly unlikely plot twist in at the end when the plot had no feet to stand on in the first place.

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