The 100 is a TV show adaptation of the book of the same name. The plot of the 100 is brilliantly unique yet familiar enough that it caught an audience… After a nuclear war that wiped out the entire population, mankind went to space to survive. Now, 100 years after the war their ship is dying. In a desperate move they send down 100 juvenile criminals to see if earth is still habitable… It is, and they are not alone… This show is addicting. I watched all two and a half seasons in just under two weeks, and now I have to go get the book! I realized part way through the most recent season what this show reminds me of, and how to describe it simply. This show is a cross of a standard YA novel, a sci-fi, and Game of Thrones. Every season and every episode the world expands, new people are discovered, new romances found, new wars to be fought… This show does all of it without ever feeling cluttered. One thing I feel needs to be said, and stands out, is woman in this show. Every leader in this show is a woman. I find this show very progressive in it’s use of woman leaders and gay couples and relationships… This show is also quite dark. People die, sometimes for no reason, sometimes out of the blue. It’s real. The front runners are teens but this does not feel like a teen show. Be warned though. Once you start watching this you can’t stop.
Diveregent, written by Veronica Roth, is a book that captivated me from the start. I am a big fan of dystopian books, yet before this the only one I had read was The Hunger Games. I was very concerned this would be similar, or even mirror, The Hunger Games. I am very happy to say that they are two incredibly different books, and I may have even liked Divergent better that the first Hunger Games! Personally though, I think the rest of the series goes downhill, but this one is great! Divergent follows Beatrice Prior, a young girl in the middle of a run down Chicago. She is moments away from choosing which of the five factions, that this world revolves around, she will go into… Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), or Erudite (the intelligent)… What she finds out, and the choice she makes will change everything… So lets talk about characters for a second. The love story of Tris and Four is very obvious, so I don’t even think it was necessary to warn you of a spoiler, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. Each chapter that went by, and each time they were together I kept rooting for their relationship to move forward. Four is a very complex character, and as the book moves along you are drip-fed more information about him. Eric was a character I also loved, he wasn’t very deep but the image he put in my head was fantastic…. Obviously there are many other characters in this that serve other vital roles, but you can find that out for yourself. In the end I thought Divergent was a great story that flowed well. Every chapter ended with something I needed to read in the following chapter. Every relationship was important and nothing felt shoehorned. The world of this series is vast, complex, and amazing. There are many things I like about this book, I only wish the other books didn’t go down hill until this series was inevitably a pile of shit by the end… More on that later.