Thursday, September 11, 2014

*ARC* Day 21 - Review

Day 21 (The Hundred #2)

By: Kass Morgan

Published: September 16, 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

352 pages

Source: ARC from Netgalley

(Goodreads /Amazon)

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.
I didn't realize this book wasn't yet out. Some of the events in the book mimics closely events on the show so I assumed that the book was already released. So imagine my surprise to learn that the release date wasn't until mid September.

Just as book one, this book continues the POV's of Clarke, Bellamy, Wells and Glass. When it's told from each of their perspectives the story has flashbacks in the mix of current occurrences. Since Glass is the only one of these four still on the ship in space, we also get to see what's going on with the colony in addition to what's going on with the hundred on Earth.

My biggest frustration with book one, the time frame continuity, remains the same in this book. Again, there is reference to their being on earth for only 21 days, i.e. three weeks (I mean, the title itself suggests that as well) but yet, time IS passing based on things that are happening - namely the event I refer to is Clarke being gone for 2 days with Bellamy in search of Octavia (Loc 28%). If we follow the time frame mentioned in book one (refer back to my review for details on that HERE), then before we ever reach the end of book one the time frame should've been somewhere between 3-4 weeks on Earth, and yet book two picks up on day 21 (three weeks). This may seem like a small detail to some, but for me, it was such a huge irritation that it distracted me way too much.

Other than that, the story itself is a good one. The Hundred (minus a few by this point) are still trying to survive this new place, a place that is their new home. They thought they were literally the only humans to be back on earth since the cataclysm but what they quickly learn is that not only are there "earthborns" there but there was also apparently another dropship that came down a year ago. More secrets abound as they try to learn how to live on Earth.

I wasn't blown away by anything that happened. There's definite crossover from the book to the show in some areas, and then the show takes a completely different direction in others. At this point I think the show will surpass the books events when it comes back on for season 2. I don't see any time frame for a book 3 to come out, since it isn't even listed on Goodreads yet.

Overall, it's a good read. I enjoyed it well enough. There were 2 twists in the story near the end that I thought were an interesting addition that could lead to more things in the future of the series. Mostly though, I felt it was a slow story that needed more plot twists.

Favorite Quotes:
"Trust me, space boy. This will be worth it."

"It may no longer tick, but it carries the memory of every life it recorded. It beats with the echo of a million heartbeats."

"...we aren't born for ourselves alone. You have to take care of other people."

Final Rating: 3.5 stars
This post is part of the ARC Thursday feature on Words Fueled by Love.


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