Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Released on: August 29th, 2013
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An epic journey from the depths of outer space to a wild, futuristic Earth
In 3010, humanity lives in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland . . . before it’s too late.
Now a hundred juvenile delinquents are sent on a high-stakes mission to re-colonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community and to get over their dark pasts. In order to survive, they must learn to trust – and even love – again.
First and foremost, I would like to point out that we are talking about the book here, not the show. It may seem silly at first that I have to make that a very important distinction in my review, but I do. And you’ll find out exactly why if and when you decide to read the book as well.
I really liked the idea/plot behind this book. The whole concept of allowing 100 kids/misfits down to earth, despite the fact that it could potentially kill them all, and then seeing how they survive is a really cool concept. I was drawn in by that.
The characters were well written; they had a goal, they had baggage, they had the will to survive. And that’s my favorite part of this book is each character’s will to survive and care for those they love.
My only issue with characters is that they seemed to flip-flop between emotions real fast, sometimes too fast. And, sadly, I think that had a lot to do with the simplistic writing style the author chose to execute this in… It just kind of felt like something a 12 year old would have enjoyed. I, however, was hoping that the writing style would be a little more developed or intricate. I also feel that perhaps Ms. Morgan bit off more than she could chew with all the POV switches throughout the book. Because there were so many, she didn’t have enough time to develop interrelations between multiple characters. For example, Clarke and Bellamy. Obviously there is some attraction there but Bellamy has only known Clarke for maybe 2 hours and he’s already thinking “I can’t care about her because I’ve been down that road before and it doesn’t end well.” Like, chill. You’ve only known each other like less than three days. You’re not all of a sudden going to get married and start poppin’ out kids. Clarke, I think, handles the situation with Bellamy a lot better than he does. For Clarke, she is attracted to certain characteristics of Bellamy, but she of course cannot stop thinking about Wells. And I’m glad (even though I’m a HUGE Bellarke shipper) because if Clarke loved Wells as much as she claimed to (or as much as the author showed it), then I wouldn’t expect her to all of a sudden forget about him and start to pursue Bellamy. Wells fell a little flat to me. I mean, obviously he’s a caring person but that’s all there is to him. He’s a tad too one dimensional to me. I hope to see that change in book 2 for him.
And, I saved the best for last. Because there is a best. My absolute favorite character in this book is Glass. Now she is a well thought out, carefully sculpted character. Her backstory is beautiful, it tells me her motives and explains so much about her. And it also breaks my heart because, well, we all know what’s happening on the ark and that’s where Glass and her lover are. Either way, I absolutely loved Glass and her story. I can’t wait to read more of hers because hers ended on quite the cliffhanger!
Back to writing style for a hot minute, I really wanted to see some more complexity in her writing style. Just a little more character/personality in Kass Morgan’s work. I do think she’s missing that flare that I know she has, and that could totally set her book on fire.
However, as far as first books go, this one wasn’t all bad. Like I said, I loved the characters, I loved the plot, so for that I can’t degrade it too harshly. I’ve started book 2 and read the first chapter and can already see some improvement to the things I thought went wrong in book 1. So, that’s a good sign!
MY RATING: 3.5/5