THE 100

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The future is bleak in the launch of this new series, slated to also air on TV in fall 2013. The concept has promise, and there’s much to look forward to. But the world isn’t as fleshed out as it could be, and as a result, the threat of Earth — with all its mysteries and past brutalities — never feels truly dangerous.

Earth has been uninhabitable for centuries, but now that supplies are dwindling elsewhere, reoccupying the planet is a necessity. The powers-that-be mandate that 100 juvenile delinquents will make the perilous journey, and if one — or all — are lost, well, they would have faced execution anyway. Among the unfortunate 100 is a brother who risks it all to protect his sister, a young woman with medical training who will try everything to distance herself from the love of her life and a young man with ties in high-up places. Are they doomed to fail, or is this a chance for new beginnings? (LITTLE, BROWN, Sep., 277 pp., $18.00, ISBN: 9780316234511, HC, 15 & Up)
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Lauren Spielberg