Title: Day 21
Author: Kass Morgan
Format/Length: e-book/320 pages
Publisher/Date Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/September 16th 2014
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Science-Fiction
Source: Netgalley — thank you, Netgalley, you are awesome
Description: 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.
3/5 stars —
(You can read my review for the first novel, The 100, here. I was a really, really beginner blogger then, okay??)
Perhaps it was because I read this book in a bit of a book-slump, where everything I was reading was either really bad, or just “meh”, but I enjoyed this. The first in the series, The 100 was a massive disappointment — and for this book, I knew to lower my expectations. And you know what? This was pretty good. And yes, I’ll admit, this was an impulse request on Netgalley, and I was motivated because I wanted to continue to watch The CW’s television adaptation.
More happened in this book than the first.
It startled me, in the first novel, to realize that nothing much happened at all. It was a 300-page book . . . yet nothing really happened. I’m pleased to say that this novel contained more — more characterization, more secrets, more plot. It was intriguing and held my interest to the very end, unlike with the first novel, where I was flipping forwards to see if anything ground-breaking was going to happen. Okay, so maybe it was not amazing. But it was good. Enjoyable. Thrilling.
Multiple point of views… Yay!
I love books with more than one point of view, especially when they’re written in third person. In this novel, we’re taken around to Earth — Bellamy, Clarke, Wells — but we’re still able to know what is going on in space, on the ship — Glass’s point of view. (Also I just need to say that Glass is an awesome name for a character. I know have the urge to name a character Glass. Hmm.)
I actually enjoy cliffhanger endings. Some people love them; some hate them — but I am pleased to announce that I fall into the former category. Day 21 did contain a bit of a cliffhanger ending, which makes me excited for the third book in the series. (THERE’S A THIRD BOOK, RIGHT?? Goodreads hasn’t listed it!) No spoilers, don’t worry… but the next book will be interesting.
To flashback or to not flashback?
Hmm. This is something — both in the first and second novel — that I was a little uncertain about. In some respects, I liked the flashbacks. But there was still another part of me that just thought it was a bit of an easy way for the author to get across the character’s background, and to reveal later plot developments in the present story. In saying that, I can understand how this is beneficial in being made into an adaptation. A fair few shows I watch/ed — Orange Is the New Black, Pretty Little Liars, Lost ect. — have flashbacks. In a television format, I think that they can work well. And although I am not usually a fan of flashbacks in a novel, I do believe that the author pulled it off.
The characters are a little underdeveloped.
Above, I said that there was more characterisation, and while I think this is true — I still felt that their characters could be improved upon more. I truly do hope that this is something that the third book focuses on, as well as plot, as I felt it was lacking.
All in all, though? I really enjoyed this read. Thanks again to Netgalley and Little, Brown Books!