If you are a fan of dystopian/science-fiction stories and have not yet experienced the magic and emotional roller coaster that is The 100, please go to your nearest television, laptop, or phone screen and start watching. I promise, you will not regret it!
The 100 is a television show on the CW network—based on the book series of the same name by Kass Morgan—set in a distant future. Almost one hundred years before the events in the book, a nuclear apocalypse devastated Earth and only a few thousand people survived, living in a space station called the Ark. Now, ninety-seven years later, the leaders of the Ark decide to send 100 teenage lawbreakers to Earth to see if it is inhabitable again. Due to a rough landing, communication between those in space and the one hundred is cut off. So, these teenagers must learn to survive in this new environment on their own…and they may not be the only inhabitants there.
This is such a great show because it is filled with complex and morally gray characters, ah-may-ZING world-building (seriously, new environments, new languages, distinct cultures, the works!), strong conflicts, and tensions, and it provides all this while raising a lot of questions about humanity, morality, traditions, etc.
It just ended its sixth season and not only is the seventh season not premiering anytime soon, but it will also be the final season of the show (insert extremely sad face). If you’re like me and already missing it like crazy, here are some book recommendations to hold you over (hopefully, until the next season begins). Because the show centers on teenagers, the books on this list all fall within the young adult space (though, of course, you don’t have to be a teenager to take pleasure in them or in the show).