I decided to read the books since I enjoy the book so much. The premise is the same and the plots eventually diverge. This was a breath of fresh air compared to the show in that it is less stressful and the conclusions to certain story arcs have cleaner conclusions. In all honesty, though, these might as well be completely different stories and personally I find that to be good. There is a definite juvenile quality to the relationships that can be a but abrasive to a more cynical reader but I welcomed them. Clarke and Bellamy are my favorite POVs. Wells comes in as a close second. Glass, although new to me, was difficult to get attached to, due to my predilection for Clarke and Bellamy. I also have a low tolerance for overly sugary love stories so her arc dragged a bit for me. However, she is one of the characters that has the most character development. The story was very much to the point and not layered in too many complicated subplots, so that was another aspect of the book that I enjoyed. I would warn against reading these books and expecting to see the same stories play out as in the show. If you approach the book like this you are in for unnecessary disappointment. Read this book with a fresh set of eyes, and you’ll be surprised. Also...and I do feel that for a section of the fandom this may be appealing (it absolutely was to me) the main romance that flourishes is between Clarke and Bellamy. As is the fashion in most YA novels, the relationship is quick but there are some interesting moments of reflection that we are able to appreciate from the both of their perspectives.