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Book Review #33: The 100 by Kass Morgan

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“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.

After watching the first season and a bit of the second season of The 100 on Netflix, I decided to read the book that inspired the fan-favourite series. You know how they usually say that the book is better than the adaptation? Well, that’s not the case, especially for The 100. There were definitely interesting moments in the novel that I’m sad to say weren’t translated into the show, but overall the novel was sub-par.

The only interesting and engaging character seems to be Bellamy, as Clarke, Glass, and Wells seem tied up in love triangles of their own (and sometimes with each other, in Clarke and Wells’ case). The story ultimately tells you what happens instead of showing you what happens. It leaves much to the imagination, in this case, is that being the bad thing, and leaves us with characters we can’t empathize with.

When you have Sci-Fi or dystopian-like stories like this, you need to be grounded with your characters, settings and plot points. I honestly couldn’t care less about any of the characters.

In short, I’d say pass on the book and just binge-watch the show.

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Book Review #32: You’re Never Weird On the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day

Felicia Day is someone I admire for a few reasons; she’s overcome similar things that I have, and she’s a HUGE nerd/geek, like me. She also has a philosophy that I love, which includes lots of positivity statements. In her memoir, she shares a lot about her life, including deeply personal things, and it shows she has a lot of gusto.

She first describes her early days in school, then after a while being home-schooled for the rest of her schooling career. The tone of this book is definitely humorous, as the book is spattered with pictures such as a school photo of her younger self with a upside-down salad bowl photoshopped on her head. Felicia later describes her first gaming love, a online video game series called Ultima. Ultimately (pun definitely intended), Felicia’s game lead her to getting her first kiss with a boy she met through the game.

Amazingly, without graduating high school, Felicia made it to the University of Texas where she studied music and math, excelling in both. She had played violin since she was very young and had always loved math (not only because her grandfather urged her to pursue it due to his profession). After university she goes to L.A. to try to become an actress. Of course, in classic Felicia fashion, many funny hijinks ensue.

She eventually creates a web-series called The Guild based on the massively multiplayer online video game, World of Warcraft, which she may or may not have devoted her life to at one point. The series soon became a success, and she got roles in such media like Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-LongBlog and Supernatural. In 2011, Felicia created a YouTube channel called “Geek & Sundry” where she posted many various videos favoring all of “geekdom.’

During this process, things were not always sunshine in Felicia’s life. She had trouble with anxiety, depression, and disease, making a portion of her life very difficult. Her experiences with these struggles reminded me of my own struggles, and I think I connected with her more as I was reading. I even teared up a bit while reading.

Felicia Day has a way of pulling you in. Her novel is not something you can put down very easily, and I devoured it in less than two days. You’re Never Weird On The Internet (almost) has a fun, spunky atmosphere that shows amazing talent. You go, Felicia.

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