The 100: A Book Review

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Author: Kass Morgan

Publisher: Little Brown and Company

Published on: January 2013

Genre: Science Fiction, Post-apocalyptic, Romance

Synopsis (via Goodreads) :

NO ONE HAS SET FOOT ON EARTH IN CENTURIES – UNTIL NOW.

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.

Clark 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.


“The show was much better than the book!” – I never thought I’d ever say these words but yes guys, this is my verdict! But for now, let’s focus on why I said those words regarding this book instead of comparing it with the show (I promise to try!).

Actually, the premise of the book is interesting and has so much potential. Earth was destroyed by a nuclear explosion and mankind was bound to oblivion. But there was hope after all, there were lucky survivors who managed to escape earth and has been living in space for 97 years. Unfortunately, luck runs out and they’re facing yet again an impending doom– the stronghold that they have in space is damaged,  oxygen supply is running low and mankind is once again threatened to be eradicated. In order for the human race to survive, they have to get back to earth. Unsure if radiation levels are already survivable they send 100 juvenile delinquents to test it, blind to the probability that Earth could be holding other dangers. It is the kind of science fiction/post-apocalyptic-themed novels that is destined for greatness. However, the book seemed not able to utilize that “scientific greatness” but instead focuses on the impending “romantic developments” of almost ever character!

Okay now let’s talk about the characters! The story was told from four POV’s of young adult characters so prepare to expect stupid decisions that are based on things like love. To be honest, there wasn’t much character development and most of the time they are annoying. From the four characters, I think I can only stand that of Bellamy’s point of view. He has devoted his life in making sure his sister is protected, well-fed and alive even if it means getting himself killed, which by the way is kind of stupid because how could he go on protecting his sister if he gets himself killed right? Anyways, I think it’s also because his character is coming from someone who has suffered so much and so different from the other three.

Then we have Clarke and Glass, two privileged girls who has struggles of their own. Clarke being a daughter of the two best scientists who were punished by death because of an “experiment”. She got into prison because she was said to be an accessory to the crime her parents did. She blames her boyfriend for the death of her parents because he was the only one who knew about the experiment and since he is the good son of the Chancellor, it is only rational for him to tell it to his dad. She felt betrayed and so he hated Wells for all eternity. Glass on the other hand was acting like one of those rich girls until she met Luke and voila her perspective in life has changed. She began breaking the rules and got herself into prison and did something so horrible to save the love of her life from confinement and death.

And of course, Wells, the ex-boyfriend/son of the chancellor who basically decided to harm the entire human race to save Clarke, the girl he loves so much he’s willing to kill the rest of humanity!

And that kids, is what a selfish bastard is like. Straight to the heart please Katniss!

To sum it all up, this book has the potential but I’m afraid it’s losing it! As a reader, the way the story was told lacks so much. There was just too much attention in the romance thing and I think that did the damage for me. There wasn’t much adrenaline-pumping action in it nor much of the scientific stuff that I really look forward into most sci-fi themed books. Also, if its aim was to focus on the fight for survival of the human species then I think it has more to improve on that part. It is slow-paced in which if you have seen the TV show, this entire first book of the series is like the pilot episode only. But actually, the TV show and the book attacked this idea in entirely different way. Most of the characters in the show isn’t in the book, the background stories of the characters and the situations are so different. Rest assured, you won’t get spoiled if you read it or watch it first. But in my honest opinion, I believe that the show gave more justice to the premise of the story. I have read the second book and I must say that it was much better than this first one but it wasn’t enough to change my thoughts about this series.

If it is possible try not to compare (I know I did a poor job :/ ) the way everything was dealt with the book and the show. After all its too different mediums and in this case, they literally dealt with idea in an entirely different way! But I just hate it when the romance gets in the way in stories that aren’t meant to be a romance genre so that is why I liked the TV show adaptation more than this book.

I’m sorry I just didn’t like it

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Top Ten Villain/Bad Guys We Love To Hate

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This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Since we’re free to choose the topic this tuesday, I’d like to talk about the bad guys. And since I wanted it to be more of an agreed matter, I asked some of my friend’s opinion about the subject HAHAHA. I asked a number of friends and what’s on this list are the ones mentioned twice or thrice.


7. Nolan Sorrento from Ready Player One (click to read review)

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Sorrento’s a high-ranking official of the Innovative Online Industries or the IOI, he’s the head of the Oology Division that focuses on finding Halliday’s Easter Egg. Finding the egg would mean the possession of Halliday’s entire fortune including the virtual utopia called the OASIS that citizens have free access with. Obviously IOI’s pursuit is to get hold of the fortune and run the OASIS so they could monetize it so of course they will do everything in their means to win the game and find the egg. By everything, I mean EVERYTHING! And Sorrento, being a puppet of IOI is focused in getting the egg no matter what.

6. Jeanine Matthews from the Divergent Trilogy

Because she is a highly intelligent person, she is more rational than emotional. She’s a ruthless leader capable of doing unspeakable things to keep things in order.

5. President Snow from the Hunger Games trilogy

Another heartless and controlling leader. Panem alone was a disturbing world to live in and add him up, everything is just hell.

4. Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter Series

I HATE HER!

3. Joffrey Baratheon from A Song of Ice and Fire ( Game of Thrones)

I’ve never felt such euphoria over someone’s demise! okay, I know that just made me sound such a ruthless person but GOT fans will know. I know you will. If you don’t just read or watch it, you’ll get it.

2. Cersei Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire ( Game of Thrones)

I would love to strangle her with those blonde locks she’s got. Her beauty is poison.

1. Voldemort from the Harry Potter series

Need I say more?


We ended up with SEVEN Villains/Bad Guys that we love to hate. I think its safe to say that you agree with me on this right? But since we only have seven here, I’d love to know who else would you add up on the list!

So how about you? What topic did you choose? Feel free to drop a link on the comment section so we could check it out 😀 I hope you have fun reading and God bless!

A book you can finish in a day: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

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Publisher: Harper Teen

Published on: December 2014

Format Owned: E-copy

Genre: Mystery (?), Humor, Romance (?), Young Adult, Contemporary,

Overview: 

Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.


This is one perfect example why I shouldn’t expect something from a book with a cover I adore! I mean look at it and tell me it doesn’t look funny, cute and witty? RIGHT? Well I expected it to be super hilarious but then…..

I’ve heard a couple of people saying it was funny, cute and light but it wasn’t the kind of humor I expected it to be. Well, yeah there are some funny parts and it really was a light read. But I don’t know I mean I finished it in a day but the premise wasn’t exactly appealing to me. We have a girl named Chloe who works for a grocery store with a bunch of other teenagers. She’s got this huge crush over a co-worker but the whole thing seems to be going downhill.

So on Christmas Eve, they all have to work and they have an event to be shown on TV about the money-raising project the store has created. Something goes wrong because the money wasn’t exactly the amount they expected it to be which means the rest was stolen. So each of them were prime suspects and they all got locked up in the break room sharing their life stories until the police arrives. I don’t judge the life stories, it was actually insightful but then that was just it. Then Chloe-the-cashier-turned-out-detective solved the crime and it was over and they lived happily every after!

I don’t really know what to say about it after reading it actually. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood (I read it a month after Christmas) or maybe its just not my cup of tea. But I think it was okay,  I mean there could be a time when I’d pick up this book again and then it’ll work for me by then. Maybe some of you will find it a good read so it would be best if you pick it up and see for yourself. Just don’t expect anything so much to avoid disappointment (it’s a rule right?) If you guys are in the mood for some light, cutesy read then maybe this book is for you.

Have a nice day ahead and God bless 😉