Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Released: 1st of January 2013
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.
What I Have To Say
Let's be honest, I probably wouldn't have continued with the TV series of this if I'd had anything better to on a Monday night. It was there, it was watchable, I watched it. I got a little into it and when the book was available on Netgalley I decided that I would see if it was good. It was so much better
Other than decent dialogue, it was actually hard to tell what the TV series lacked until I read the book, but now I can say without a doubt, it was lacking most in background and world building. In the book, the Arc is so much more constructed. There's society. There's castes. There's so much more culture than there was in the TV series and it made it so much more believable.
The characters were better built too. They all had backstories and issues. Though I found some of the early flashbacks to be a bit unnecessary (did we really need to see how Clarke and Wells met? It was cute but completely unneeded) the later ones really helped to build up the characters in a way that we just didn't see in the series.
Whether you watched the series or not, this book is definitely worth reading. It's so much better.