Author: Kass Morgan
Published: Published August 29th 2013 by Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: Paperback, 323 pages
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟
An epic journey from the depths of outer space to a wild, futuristic Earth
In 3010, humanity lives in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland . . . before it’s too late.
Now a hundred juvenile delinquents are sent on a high-stakes mission to re-colonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community and to get over their dark pasts. In order to survive, they must learn to trust -and even love – again.
What-if is the question that Kass Morgan was answering as she wrote this book. What-if there was a nuclear explosion. What-if we survived in space. What if we then wanted to go back? These are the questions we had. This was all answered through 4 point of views.
The book starts off with many questions that need to be tackled and I like the way it was done. Not only do we switch point of views we switch the point in time. This is necessary because it’s the thing that made the story interesting and flow and didn’t leave us confused. The time spent in the past really developed the story, the world and the characters.
The characters all have their own hardships and past and seeing them all collide and in a wonderfully dystopian world is fantastic. The character development plays a huge part in why this book has a high rating from me. They weren’t card board cut outs. They all had a checkered pasts and some of their actions will leave you with your mouth open. Each of the point of views were interesting and shockingly didn’t annoy me once. There are quite a lot of Point of views and subplots but it’s not hard to follow.
Clarke my favourite by far. She is the one who keeps everyone cool and calm on earth and we learn quite a bit about her although Kass morgan only gives us bits and pieces at a time which will leave you begging for more. As for them not being card board cut outs Kass morgan went all out with Clarke. Her story being unique to only her. She doesn’t take any crap and is focused and I like that about her. She takes her role as leader almost immediately.
Bellamy is another favourite of mine. He seems really snarky and annoying but as the story goes on and you learn more about BELLAMY you realise you’d be a bit snarky too. He also has multiple sides at times being the protective sibling or the lone wolf who doesn’t care.
I was disappointed with the story of Glass. I thought it would be an interesting story of what was happening on space through the eyes of some badass girl who didn’t take crap. That isn’t what we get. She is badass and strong but there isn’t much depth to her as a person. Her story is just her relationship which I find a bit disappointing.
We then have Wells who is probably the reason why this book became such a sappy mess. He was a lovesick puppy and he only had one goal which was to get the girl. We didn’t get much about his life apart from his yearn to be with his love. Yes I mean yearn.
This book started off really well and it left me with great expectations. I’m not going to say I was disapointed but I’m not exactly happy either. This was meant to be a unique and thrilling story in the end it turned into a mushy teenage romance story.
Of course Well was part of a slight love triangle. The romance was the bulk of the book. The pacing of the different romance stories was perfect. So many different relationships and unique characters keep you on your toes and I liked how they all thickened and intertwined. There was really only one stable relationship (and honestly that one was messy) except you count the cute sibling love between Bellamy and his younger sibling
Such great characters but the plot is practically non-existent. They are in space. They have to leave space.Now what. For a book set in not only the future but space Kass morgan didn’t really use what she had to her advantage. I am hoping for more in book#2. There was a little cliffhanger that got me excited about the next book.
Praise Kass for the wonderful world she created but didn’t fully finish it seems. There was no solid description it was all vague. It was nice being on earth because the characters would see or do something on earth that is normal or not seemingly extraordinary but they would make it such a big deal and it just made me smile. Apart from that I would have appreciated learning about the space world not who kissed who. Maybe book #2 will do better.
I couldn’t put the book down for all its faults (not many) and I have to say the writing style was nice. I know I’ve mentioned this but I think the Point of views really add to the story although some people thought it was confusing. It was interesting and enjoyable. The concept was nice and it was hard to portray but it was done well.
I did enjoy this book and will continue in the series. I also have a new show to watch so goals reached. I read this book for the overlooked genre october book challenge hosted.. here!