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thoughts on The Hundred

the 100

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Another YA dystopian! Will it stand the test of trilogies that are making Hollywood? Not so sure.

Honest review! The premise? I just learned it is based on the CW Network TV show, so if that scares you, be warned. I won’t say whether I’ve seen any of the show or not.

100 teenagers from Confinement are sent down to Earth after 300 years of living up in space. The government on the space ship wants to know if the radiation has gone away enough for them to come back to Earth and repopulate. But the only way of knowing is to see if the 100 survive. Follow Clarke, Wells, Glass, and Bellamy through this gripping new dystopian YA romance to find out.

Now that I think about it, it really does sound (and truly is) so so so unrealistic. Um, radiation? Nuclear war? Is Earth really gonna be livable and why wouldn’t they know that through technology? They survived 300 years in space! Also, how do not all of the 100 not die when landing on Earth? Seriously, the amount of details that were stretched and skipped to make this book – and TV series – possible is insane. It’s so unrealistic it’s not worth listing all the details. Just stay away from it if you’re a sci-fi fan (this is not sci-fi) or need a book to be realistic at all in order to enjoy it.

The other downside, if you’re able to look past the missing details of the background and surroundings and the almost-completely-absent explanation of why the way things are the way they are, is that there are four main characters POVs you must follow. Four. And if that wasn’t hard enough, there’s a good amount of flashbacks per chapter that all explain the background emotions and actions of the characters. A little confusing and hard to follow, to say the least. It was hard to differentiate the voices as well, even though two are girls and two are guys.

Lastly, this is not a survival novel. This is a romance, plain and simple. But hey, I’m a sap. This book confirmed that I still fall for contrived, cheesy teenage romance in thrilling environments. It’s true – all the actions the characters made were not from common sense but out of their teenage emotions (some of which drove me crazy by the end). It didn’t make me cry, and I didn’t really feel anything for the characters. No plot, no “survival,” no actual details of what Earth is really like. But oh well, I guess.

But for some reason, the book kept me reading. It went very fast (hardly any background given before the plot just takes off), but I went with it. Goodness, I don’t mean to rant. I just like it and I wanted it to actually work. I want to end by saying that it gave me hope: even when a book isn’t perfect or the “best,” it can still be enjoyed.

Will I read the next two books? Maybe, if I’m in the mood for a quick, YA romance, yes. And I sort of still want to know what happens… but there’s always the (very different) show.


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thoughts on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

My first book review for you all. Depending on how fast I read, please enjoy these reviews on occasion! I hope you find a book you enjoy (:

After finishing this book, I was trying to remember how I stumbled upon it and why I thought it would be excellent. Then I remembered I had found a list of movies being made into books in the (near) future, and it had been on there. So naturally, thinking that books with movie deals automatically makes them awesome, I placed the hold at the library immediately.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Creepy – almost disturbing – vintage photos, a mysterious island, and an abandoned orphanage. And a boy with stories his WWII-veteran grandfather told him. All intriguing aspects that make for a thrilling premise and a page-turning read. In this Young Adult novel, Ransom Riggs combines photography and narrative to create a story anyone with a curious taste for the strange would enjoy. Follow sixteen-year-old Jacob as he sets out in the wake of a family tragedy to figure out the mystery of the island and the answers behind the photographs of his memories. As he explores the rotting home, one thing becomes clear – these “peculiar” children may have been – or be – more than they seem.

The premise sounded – and moreso looked – so promising. The photos was so intriguing in and of themselves that I wondered how this book could be classified as Young Adult. Maybe I’ve seen too much “American Horror Story” and so my expectations were too high, but this book is actually not as scary as it seems.

I don’t want to give away spoilers, and I also don’t want to turn you off from this book. The concept made it worth the read, and the story is fun. It felt like it could have been for a younger audience given the characters’ voices, but there were some frightening aspects that did, in fact, remind me of horror. But it just didn’t take the cake for me. The narrative seems to have been formed around the photos (dispersed throughout the inside to illustrate characters), instead of the photos just supplementing the story. It was as if Riggs had found a list of photos and tried painstakingly to fit them all into the story.

Turns out, that’s sort of what he did! But some of the photos just don’t make sense, others are not even ever explained. That bothered me to no end. I would have been more intrigued with the real stories behind the photos, rather than an adventure story about hybrid children with super powers. And the WWII bit didn’t help one bit. Being somewhat of a history buff, I just didn’t see how it all fit. Three out of five stars. For a debut novel, I think Riggs did a decent job. I, however, will not be reading the sequels.

I wouldn’t highly recommend, but if you want to satisfy your curiosity, it’s not completely a waste. And there’s always the movie!

Review on Goodreads