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.
If you followed me on twitter, you must have known how crazy I am about the show and of course BELLARKE. The truth is, I had been afraid to read the book because some people have said to stay away from the book. I finally decided to read the book when season 2 was almost over. I just feel I need to read it.
The idea of the story, both from the book and the show, is still the same. It’s post-apocalyptic that for years humanity has lived on spaceships. In the book, there were three spaceships. Phoenix, Walden, and Arcadia. Because oxygen in the the spaceships got thinning and it was only enough for few years, the Council decided to bring out the mission for hundred criminals. They were sent back to the Earth. To recolonize plane. To get to know whether Earth is safe to live especially from radiation.
The lead character, our heroine of the story, was Clarke Griffin. She was arrested for treason and prisoned in Confinement because her parents did human radiation trials on unregistered children. Anyway, the book did a lot of flashbacks which I would gladly give some points to this book. I got to know that Clarke actually had medical apprenticeship so I didn’t get surprised when she can do surgeries. I think this wasn’t told in the show, so all along what I thought was her mother was doctor so maybe she was also a doctor or some kind of genetic, the medical skills run in her vein lol. She was currently my number one favorite girl that I love and adore. She was brave, badass, but lovely.
For Clarke’s love interests, we got Wells Jaha and Bellamy Blake. I prefer call Wells as ex-love interest though. Same as the show, Wells was the son of the Chancellor. If the show only told he was Clarke’s bestfriend, in the book he was her boyfriend. One more point for the book was I got to know more Wells. His flashbacks and relationship with Clarke were explored. He wasn’t supporting role but important one. Also, his leadership was more invested in the book.
Then, Bellamy Blake, MY LOVE OF LIFE always makes me have this big smile. Gosh, when he was flirting with Clarke I wanted to faint!!! The sparks between them are so-good damn strong. SPOILER ALERT! BELLARKE DID HAPPEN IN THE BOOK!! So if the show make you frustated about damn-freaking-slow bellarke to happen, the book wont disappoint you. It was like an oasis in a desert. Damn fresh. He’s not only a boyfriend material but also brother material. His love for her sister, Octavia, was also strong. Despite to that, when he knew Octavia did wrong, he tried to get her into the right path and didn’t hide her wrongdoings. Everything about him, I scream LOVE.
The plot went back and forth to the present and past. Lots of flashbacks which will give you clear ideas of the story. Told in 3rd person pov, each chapter focused on one character; Clarke, Bellamy, Wells, and Glass. About Glass, I still find her stories are out of place and boring. Sometimes when I stumbled upon her chapters, I just want to skip them.
To conclude, after I read the book I think it isn’t that bad. Yes, it’s totally different with the show and the show is still much much better. The only same characters from both book and the show are Clarke, Bellamy, Wells, Octavia, and Chancellor Jaha. Nonetheless, I tried to look it from different perspective. Just like, assuming it was an alternate story so it’s okay if the book and the show are different. The book is good and I enjoyed it. I definitely will read other installments from The Hundred series; Day 21 and Homecoming.