by Kass MorganBlurb: 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.
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Series: The Hundred (book 1)
My Rating: 2.5 stars
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Here is the strange thing about The 100: it was not out of sheer dislike that I rated it 2.5 stars. In fact, I kind of liked it; that's why it's 2.5 stars and not lower. That is usually not the case. With this book, my rating was due to the fact that it highly resembles the plot of Lost. Even more strange, this book actually got turned into a TV show. So now I kind of want to see that to see if I'm getting Lost vibes from that as well. Bottom line, whether intentional or not, it resembled Lost, in both characters and plot.
But Gabs, you say, this sounds nothing like Lost! First, it's futuristic. Second, it's dystopian. And, it has like nothing to with an island. Well, that's true. But yet it still resembles the plot of Lost at times.
Resemblance #1: The Rocky Landing
In Lost, the survivors of Oceanic 815 landed on the island after their plane crashed. In The 100, their transport crashed on a mysterious land as well; Earth. They had never been to this strange place before. There is chaos. People are injured. It rather resembles the opening scenes of The Lost Pilot Part 1.
Resemblance #2: The Characters (Wells, Clarke, and Bellamy)
These three characters, first, had a love triangle. In Lost, the three characters they resemble also had a love triangle going on for the first couple seasons. It's a bit mashed up in this book (the characters these people resemble weren't paired together the same way in Lost) but it's still enough of a coincidence for me to raise my eyes.
Clarke is a medic. She has a love triangle with Bellamy and Wells. She's one of the "leaders" of sorts. She's basically the female version of Jack Shephard.
Wells is like the male version of Kate Austen from Lost. I didn't like him, he has a romance with Clarke (who I said before resembles Jack Shephard) and he keeps following Clarke around even though she keeps telling him not to.
Bellamy reminds me a lot of Sawyer. He's a smooth talker, he flirts with Clarke a lot, and he has a tough guy persona that is sometimes transparent.
However, his over-protectiveness of Octavia also reminded me of Walt and Michael's relationship; I was half expecting there to be a line like "Octaaaaaaaaaavia!" somewhere in the book. (Disappointingly, there was not.) Especially because he a) hadn't seen Octavia for a while until he boarded the ship that would take them to Earth and b) Octavia doesn't seem as close to him as he is to her.
Resemblance #3: Flashbacks
In the 100, flashbacks of the character's lives before they came to Earth will suddenly pop up as we are going through the main plot. Let me think of what TV show was well known for doing that, especially in Season 1...hmm, it starts with an 'L'...and ends with an 'ost.'
(Spoiler, highlight to see) Resemblance #4: There's....Others?!The big reveal at the end of the 100 was that they were not alone on Earth. Well, that was kind of a HUGE reveal on Lost as well. And, the end of the book there's also a scene with arrows and fire. There was a scene like that in Lost as well, and it involved the Others too. (End of spoiler)
Maybe these are all delusions of a too-passionate Lostie searching for purpose ever since the last season of her favorite show ended. That's possible. But I still think that there are too many coincidences for me to think of this as a wholly original plotline.