I was on the internet browsing book tags one night and I came across this tag from Book Twister Reviews. Book Twister Reviews has taken an awesome and epic TV show and decided to try her hand at creating a tag.
For those unfamiliar with he show: The 100 follows a group of juvenile delinquents who where born and raised in space, who are sent to earth to see if it was survivable. We follow these characters as they fight to survive.
If you haven’t watched it, it’s a great show and the action keeps ramping up from season to season. It is currently on Netflix in the United States, so if you are able to, go check it out! It’s probably available on DVD as well.
Without further ado, lets pick some books based on the characters in The 100!
A character who makes the tough choices
No secret I am currently nursing a giant book hangover for Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and I think a large part of that is because of the choices the characters make.
I can’t really discuss the exact actions without giving away the book. So I suggest you get the book and/or the audiobook, and check it out.
The main characters carry a lot of weight on their shoulders just like Clarke. If you’re a fan of The 100, you won’t regret picking up this book.
A character who is more than what he/she seems
Melanie in The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey definitely qualifies. She’s mostly inquisitive and seems to be a normal child at the very beginning of the book, but she ends up being so much more.
I can’t really say much more without giving away the plot. (There’s a pattern emerging in this tag already.)
A character who is the brains of the operation
In what might be the most confusing answer ever, I am going to name another Raven for this one.
This Raven comes from the Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver. After Lena escapes Portland and moves into the wilds in Pandemonium, she meets a group of Homesteaders that are “led” by a girl named Raven.
Even though they may not have a leader, Raven clearly runs the show. When Blue watches Lena, Raven asks her what the rule is and the rule is:
Listen to Raven.
A character who finds himself/herself
I am going to have to go with Sam from Prom and Other Hazards by Jamie Sullivan. This novella is all bout a young girl getting ready to realize her dreams by taking her best friend Tash to prom.
For her, confidence comes in the form of a suit. An ensemble that will perfectly complement her friend Tosh and her gunmetal dress.
A character caught between two worlds
I think that Evie Boyd in The Girls fits nicely here. This is a coming-of-age story about a girl who gets involved with a cult and the dichotomy between her everyday life and her life at the ranch with the cult is sort of like Lincoln’s pull between his people and The 100.
A character who suffers a great tragedy
Another book (and character) I can’t write about too much without giving away the entire plot.
I think Jenna from I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh is definitely a good match for this! She really can’t catch a break.
I Let You Go is a mystery that surrounds a hit and run car accident. It follows the investigation a couple of the parties involved. It’s a real page-turner.
A character who is often underrated/overlooked
Frank Banning from Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson is overlooked in part because he is nine. That doesn’t excuse the fact that at the end his odd nature really saves the day.
A kick ass Book Mom/Dad
I have gone back and forth with this book trying to decide if this character was more like Clarke or Abbey, but in the end I think that Ma fits better here.
Ma from Room by Emma Donoghue fits this bill perfectly. She survived years of being locked up in “room” and she hatches a plan to get both of them out.
Sure, Jack has to execute the plan, but the decision to send her son on the mission was pretty ballsy. It involved her having to know her captor and trust that Jack would listen.
I think that was the toughest choice of all. Her desire to protect her son and to do what’s best for him is just another point in her favor.
Plus doesn’t Ma’s choice echo Abby’s in the pilot? Sending The 100 to the ground? Jack is like Clarke being born in space. He hasn’t breathed real air or felt the sun on his face (except for skylight) and now he has to save them both.
There is a bigger post here so stayed turned and I will do a comparative analysis for you.
A character who redeems himself/herself
I think that Jimmy (aka Snowman) from Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood fits this bill. By the end of the book I thought that he sees his stewardship of The Crakers as a form of penance for his relationship with Crake.
He is redeeming himself but I can’t say that he’s redeemed; at least, not yet. I still have two more volumes of this trilogy to read before I can say definitively.
A character who sees the world differently than his/her peers
Ethan Forsythe in Relativity by Antonia Hayes really does “see” the world differently. In Hayes’ stunning debut novel, twelve-year-old Ethan has the ability to see physics.
This precocious boy has a mind and a love for science. That creates problems with his peer group when we first meet him, but he has this extraordinary brain and this beautiful mind.
Hayes writes his visions of physics so beautiful that you can’t help but think he’s fortunate for the beauty he sees. The ways molecules move and waves behave. It’s like he sees human behavior in a way that no one else can.
A character who just can’t catch a break
You know it pains me to say this but Nick Dunne from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn really can’t catch a break. I have to say that I come away from The 100 really liking Murphy, but I don’t have the same empathy for Nick Dunne.
If you are among the population that hasn’t read this book, I won’t give you details about why he can’t catch a break, but if you have read it, do you agree?
So, I am not sure who amongst you watches The 100, but I do highly recommend the series.
So I am tagging everyone who thinks this tag is awesome and has a bit of a hangover for Season 4!
If you do happen to do this tag, come by and leave a comment so that I can check out all your answers!