Going into this book after watching four seasons of the TV show, at first, was very difficult. The first couple chapters I just kept comparing the book to the show, but the more I read the more I realized that I had to look at the show and book as completely different things. There are some elements to the show that I like more than the book and vice versa.
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One of the biggest pluses of this book is Wells. I’m still really bitter that the show killed off Wells so early in season one. His dynamic with Clarke was so enjoyable to read and the leadership role he takes in the camp is well done. I wish the show had given their Wells a bigger role like the book does.
Clarke and Bellamy are very similar to their show selves, which I really liked. Sure, their backstories and the reason for them coming to Earth are slightly different, but them as people are still the same. Clarke still cares about keeping everyone safe and making sure everyone is taken care of. Which Kass Morgan illustrates well with scenes between Clarke and Thalia, and Clarke and Lilly.
Bellamy’s number one concern is Octavia, like it is on the show. This concern and love for his sister is shown with flashbacks to them as children and with the way Bellamy interacts with Octavia on Earth.
Octavia’s story is different to the show and I’m not sure if I like it. I mean, I like that she wasn’t arrested for “being born” like she is in the show, but her being a drug addict and stealing medicine is so different from the character I’m used to. I mean, when you find out about Octavia’s history through Bellamy’s eyes it makes sense why she is an addict, but I’m still not sure how I feel about it.
Glass and Luke are two new characters that are not in the show. At first, I thought they may be like Raven and Finn, but these two couples don’t have very many similarities between them. I do like Glass and Luke and their dynamic. It’s nice that Kass Morgan created a character to keep you up to date on what’s happening in space since the other main characters are on Earth.
I have mixed feelings about the way that Kass Morgan decided to tell this story. While I love the multiple perspectives, It’s one of my favorite storytelling methods, I did find myself sometimes getting annoyed when the next chapter would be from Glass’ POV. This was mainly due to the fact that so much was happening on Earth, and suddenly I’m back in space dealing with Glass, and the people still on the Ark. Like I said sometimes this worked and other times it didn’t. I also enjoyed the way she decided to reveal everyone’s past. Revealing a piece every chapter just made me want to read more to find out the truth.
Overall, I really enjoyed The 100 by Kass Morgan and would give it .
It’s a simple yet entertaining story that I think any fan of the show should check out. I liked exploring a different way these characters stories could have gone.