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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Book Review: Day 21 (The 100 #2)

Release Date: September 16, 2014
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Length: 320 pages
Source: eGalley via NetGalley

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.

    

Review:

Characters: Much like the first installment in this series, this book is told from the points of view of four characters, Bellamy, Clark, Wells, and Glass. While Clarke and Bellamy race to find Octavia, Wells is trying to keep everyone calm in the camp after they learn that they aren't the only ones on earth. Back at the Colony Glass has a tough decision to make as she can either stay in Walden with Luke as quite possibly die, or head back to Phoenix and have a chance at life. In the previous book in this series I wasn't a huge fan of all the characters, mainly Wells as I felt he crossed too many lines and put too many lives at risk. However, as this book progressed I really began to like all of the characters equally. It's really hard to get a book right with so many points of view, but I think that Morgan did an incredible job at weaving these various storylines into the narrative.

Romance: While there's a lot of romance going on in this book, I was happy to see that it doesn't overshadow the plot of the book. There was a love triangle established in the previous book that sort of just felt unnecessary, or really that I couldn't take seriously. However the love triangle does get, for the most part, resolved in this book with very interesting end, There are other romances in this book, besides the love triangle, including Glass and Luke and their dramatic mess, and a new romance involving one of Clarke's suitors. The only problem I had with the romance was when there was drama and friction with the couples, it sort of resolved itself without the requisite character development needed to feel as though that forgiveness was earned.

World Building: In the first book of this series, there wasn't all that much that went on. I mean, there was enough for a story, but it was all internal political stuff in the 100 campground and Colony drama, and we didn't see all that much of the world outside. This book does a much better job of getting these characters out of their bottle and showing them how vast and intense this new world is. There's some friction with the Earthborns, though not nearly as much as there is in the TV show, though here I don't mind not having tons of action and fast paced storytelling. Once again we have flashbacks that add much more to the story and provide some much needed exposition on these characters. There's a lot still left to discover and I'm actually really looking forward to it.

Predictability: So it's actually been a couple of days since I finished this book, and looking back, I know that there were some moments when I had no idea what was coming, some things that totally blew my mind and opened up so many cans of worms. However, on the whole this book sort of just smoothly went along, nothing super predictable, and only a few things that really knocked me on my ass with their shock value, one of which I should have seen coming but misremembered a vital piece of information.

Ending: This ending was very intense. There wasn't really a confrontation that went on, and in actuality things got more resolved than complicated, but there was a little bit of action that went down as this book came to a close. The end of the book reveals some pretty crazy stuff, and sets up the story for the next arc, and leaves readers wondering what will happen next.

Rating:


I actually loved this book much more than the previous installment. I think I still had a lot of the television show on my mind when I read the first book, but here it was a lot easier to separate the books from the show as two separate but related things.

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