To be very honest, I originally read the first book in this series when it was published back in 2013 and somehow forgot to review it back then. (I seriously checked and couldn’t believe it wasn’t on here yet!) I really liked it and thought that it was an interesting concept, but I didn’t really realize that the series had become a whole *thing* until I was recently talking to some people who mentioned the CW television series. I am one of those weirdos who doesn’t really watch TV — I know, it’s hard for most people to comprehend — so I didn’t even know the television series existed until after they had started airing the 4th season! Yeah… That whole “not working with teens in the public library anymore” thing probably played a large role in my oblivious nature as well, but I digress. I decided that I was going to “binge listen” to the audiobooks and, as it turns out, my lack of knowledge about the continuation of the series has paid off nicely. Instead of waiting a year or more after one book ends, I can literally head on over to OverDrive and download the next audiobook from my local public library as soon as I am ready (as long as it is checked in — and I was extremely lucky in this instance).
So, who were The 100? They were 100 juvenile delinquents who were scheduled to be executed on their 18th birthdays but, instead, were allowed to be guinea pigs for re-settlement of Earth. Why did they leave Earth in the first place? Well, *they* didn’t. But about 300 years prior, when a “cataclysm” (i.e. nuclear war) left Earth uninhabitable, a few hundred people were herded onto The Colony — a space station of interconnected ships that orbited the Earth — to keep the human race from dying out. For centuries, people lived and died in The Colony and could only dream of a day when the radiation would wear off enough that it would be safe to live on Earth once again. After it became clear that The Colony’s life-support systems would not last much longer, though, it was decided that The 100 could be sent to Earth as advance test subjects. When I heard the premise of this book, all I could think was “futuristic Lord of the Flies” and I was sold. If you enjoyed Across the Universe and/or These Broken Stars, you should definitely check out this series.