“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.
“Life was different in the Before: Before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across North America, before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days we know what quarantines are–holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.Lily and her twin sister, Mel, have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else does–like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race…”
There seemed to be an overarching dullness to this novel that I only found was breached by a few moments in the novel. When Carter was first introduced, I thought, “Yeah! This novel might be going somewhere with him and his secrets and ladeeda!” However, it definitely went somewhere. Just nowhere necessarily exciting. Sure, there were some parts where I was glued to my book, waiting to see what happened next, but overall it was kind of dull for me. I mean, maybe it wasn’t descriptive enough in describing the Ticks or maybe I didn’t feel scared enough for the characters. I’m not sure. Maybe it was because that in an almost 450 page novel, not all too much happens. The ending however, was interesting, not sure where the author is going to go with that in the second novel. On the plus side I didn’t find the main character annoying. So it wasn’t THAT agonizing to read. It was just okay is all. If you’re looking for a new take on vampires, this might be the book for you. Otherwise, this may not be your cup of tea. I guess I’ll read the next book and see what happens.
“It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the dark, cold, and primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this trilogy.
It’s been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities.
When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.”
This book, as stated before is in a trilogy and you can find the review for the first book here.
From all the suspense and really unfortunate things that happen to Alex in Ashfall, this book starts off with a bang delivering our expectations. Alex had really grown as a person in Ashfall, and he still had room to grow in this novel.
What I really love about Mike Mullin’s work is that he makes us frustrated with what unfortunate events happen to the characters and that was something I really enjoyed with this book. I think evoking that frustration is really what makes books good,
I found, however, that during about two-thirds of the way into the book I found myself getting bored. But Ashen Winter really picked up and became really interesting again. That was probably my only qualm with this novel.
I found that Alex’s growth really showed when Darla got shot and they were separated. Darla pretty much carried him along in the latter half of Ashfall and being without her really changed an aspect of the book. That area of the book where Alex was first separated with Darla was the point where I found it dragged on a little bit, however hiding from the Peckerwoods really picked up the tension and suspense.
The introduction of the new characters, Alyssa and Ben, was a good choice on the author’s part because the novel could get a little stale without some new faces.
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Overall, I think this was not better than the original book, however, it’s a really good sequel and worth reading if you have read the first book.