Review by Poo Penny
So first off, I am a huge fan of the CW show, and comparing the two, the show is definitely better. They are, however, not the same. They have the same generic outline, the same main characters, mostly, and the same plot, so far. There are some spoilers ahead.
But what is missing? Clarke is not the bad ass she is in the TV show. Bellamy is some kind of pushover. Octavia is a child in the book, where as in the show she is 17, I think. Some of the pivotal relationships are different too, which is what I think makes the show so great, they aren’t all focused on romances. I was surprised at the amount of pseudo romance in this book. It’s a post apocalyptic setting, people are living in space! They are sending criminal children down to the ground 100 years too early to see if the radiation from the nuclear war that killed the rest of civilization is there. This is a GREAT premise! And I felt like it was kind of ruined with the stupid kid romance. Clarke and Bellamy kissing right away. Octavia trying to romance Wells, who is Clarke’s ex. Wells is trying to get Clarke back. WTF.
It is hard to separate the show and the book, when I saw the show first and I was so impressed with how well done it was. Normally, I can appreciate that a show, whether a movie or TV show, can be just as good as a book. They have different ways of being entertaining. Here for instance, I have distinct faces when I read Clarke, Bellamy, Octavia, and so on. I like that. I am not sure what the books will bring to me, or if I will continue reading them, but so far I am extremely happy that I began watching the show first. I would not have given the show a chance if I had read the book first.
Grade: 2 stars
Review copy borrowed from our local library
About the book
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.
CLARKE 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.