Book Review: DAY 21 (THE 100) by Kass Morgan

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Sci-fi

Pages: 320

Released on: September 16th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review:

In the next installment to Ms. Morgan’s The Hundred series, we definitely see some improvement to her overarching storyline, as well as character development.

I’m liking the character buildup of Wells a lot more than from book one, and Glass is still a major badass. I am finding it harder and harder to separate the Clarke from the book and the Clarke from the television show, though. Mainly because television show Clarke is so badass and goes through SO much to make her a strong female character, that she kind of gets left behind in the book. Her character doesn’t get the build up that I know she deserves and could pull off. And I have no doubt that Kass can pull off writing such a strong character in Clarke because she does it so well with Glass and the grounder girl they capture in the book.

I am liking where the storyline is going, though. I like that the book takes its time with the plot. We can see the kids struggling to survive, searching for food and supplies, rallying together to survive… it’s all nicely done. And then the twist at the end just left me going, “YES.” The book needed that end twist – something to set it ablaze, you know?

Where I’m liking Wells more and more, Bellamy is kind of struggling to keep up with my standards. I think the relationship that builds between Clarke and Bellamy is waaaay too quick. Like there’s hardly any breathing room. They need to slow things down and get to know each other, damn it. Maybe even go through some obstacles as individuals that ultimately make them stronger together. Does that make sense?

As much as I hate to do this, I could compare it to the television show for you… In the show, Clarke goes through hell and back, but we can all agree that she is a much stronger character/person because of it, yes? Same goes for Bellamy. He has struggled through all his life with taking care of Octavia, his mom, then the Chancellor stuff – it’s a lot. And Bellamy is struggling with being a good guy whose done a lot of bad things. Clarke and Bellamy (in relation to the show) are VERY COMPLEX CHARACTERS. *note, I capitalized it all because that distinction is very important* So all that in the mix, when these two characters get together, it is going to be like setting the world on fire. Because everything they both have went through individually and then together, makes them stronger TOGETHER.

Gah. That aside, the book needs that between Bellamy and Clarke before I can jump onto that bandwagon.

Other than that, not a bad read. But unfortunately, it doesn’t get better than book one for me.

MY RATING: 3.5/5

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