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.
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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.
- ISBN-13: 9780316234474
- ISBN-10: 0316234478
- Publisher: Little Brown & Co
- Publish Date: September 2013
- Page Count: 323
- Reading Level: Ages 15-UP
- Dimensions: 1.25 x 6 x 8.25 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-08-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Morgan’s ambitious dystopian novel, set to become a TV series on the CW network, starts with 100 teenagers living in a tightly controlled society aboard an orbiting colony; all are facing their 18th birthdays and have been convicted of various offenses. As an alternative to retrial and probable execution, the teens are being sent back to Earth, abandoned centuries earlier when it became too toxic to inhabit. Third-person narration shifts among four teens—three who return to Earth, and one who escaped and remains on the station. The plotting is fast-paced, and the story volleys rapidly between multiple characters, action in the present, and flashbacks, which doesn’t always make for smooth reading. Morgan’s flair for the dramatic (“He tasted like joy, and joy tasted better on Earth”) can be forced, but it’s easy to be drawn in by the Lord of the Flies–style tension that builds as the teens struggle to set up a new society on a battered Earth, and by the smoldering romances that hang in the balance. A last-page cliffhanger sets up the sequel. Ages 15–up. Agent: Sara Shandler and Joelle Hobeika, Alloy Entertainment. (Sept.)