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.
This follows the story of humans trapped in space above earth after a nuclear war but resources onboard ship are running out. It's decided to sacrifice one hundred of their number on a one way mission down to the earth to find out if it's possible yet to live there again. Those chosen are mainly teenagers who have committed minor crimes but not everyone is a delinquent and some have agendas of their own. It's a little slow initially and the reader is quite literally thrown into the story, but these are strong diverse characters, each with a unique voice and it's easy to see why an adaptation has been done.
Fans of multiple perspectives should love this but those who prefer a solid narrative might find the constant change somewhat irritating and even confusing. This may be the beginning of a journey but there's no doubt this adventure will change lives. Yes, it's post apocalyptic but there's a strong sense of hope throughout this book. As I mentioned it does vary from the TV show but for me was half the fun, as I love trying to second guess the outcome. I feel this is aimed at a teenage audience primarily but nevertheless I enjoyed reading The 100 and will seek out the next installment. It was fun to catch up with characters I feel I know but I missed one or two. As a beginning, it was fun to read.