Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: September 16th, 2014
“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.”
Day 21 by Kass Morgan continues the adventures of the one hundred teenagers sent down to earth from their refugee colony in space. While I enjoyed The 100, I enjoyed Day 21 a whole lot more. By the end I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
Day 21 starts off much faster than The 100 did, which helped draw me in quicker than with book one. It doesn't hurt that I read them back to back, either. Plus there felt like there were a lot less flashbacks this time around. I've come to realize that I really, really dislike flashbacks. They just kill the pacing for me. But all in all, Day 21 felt like it moved at a quicker pace which kept the momentum going.
For someone who usually has a hard time connecting to characters in books with multiple POV's, I had no problem connecting with Clarke, Wells and Bellamy. The writing sucks you in and keeps you interested even though we're flipping back and forth between characters ever chapter. Glass's chapters gave me a little trouble, since there was just so much happening on Earth and I wanted to get away from her and back to the action, but I still enjoyed what was happening with her back on the colony and the suspense of it all. That being said, yeah, Bellamy, Wells and Clarke were my favorites. Though Glass did win a special place in my heart.
Like I said in my mini-review of The 100, the biggest struggle I faced while reading The 100 and Day 21 was that I'd watched the first season of the CW series before reading. The changes from the book to the show are enormous and have huge consequences for the storylines and characters. So while reading I found myself picking out the differences and wondering where X character was and why blank wasn't happening. It was a little distracting, so if you've watched the show but haven't read the book, do not go into it with any expectations. Just read and enjoy the books for what they are: a great story separate from the TV series. And if you haven't watched the show, I highly recommend reading the books first. But definitely do watch the show too, because it's also amazing in its own way. It's own way mostly being Finn, and Bellamy. But mostly Finn.
If you're a fan of science fiction books like These Broken Stars then I highly recommend checking The 100 and Day 21 out. As for me, I'm now counting down the days until book three!
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