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.
Initially, I was unsure about why I had fallen in love with the first book, The 100. I jump-read this book (def. verb, the act of reading bits and pieces of a book without actually sitting down and fully devoting one’s time to the book.) Once I sat down and fully read about half the book, then I remembered: the characters.
Each and every character’s POV in this book is essential to the story-telling. Many people don’t like Glass’s character for one reason or another, but for me, she’s unique. Her POV allows the readers to know exactly what is happening on the Ark while the hundred are down on Earth. Down on Earth there are three other POVs: Wells, Clarke, and Bellamy. Without Glass’ POV, I know readers would not like these books as much as they do now, whether they know it or not! In Day 21 Clarke and Bellamy’s characters grow closer together while Wells detaches himself from his history with Clarke. Overall, Day 21 is set up to show the relationships between the characters and to develop those relationships.
The entirety of the book seems to be only a few days, perhaps a week, total. Not much happens with the plotline of the book. Basically, Clarke and Bellamy go off to find Octavia, get prevented (by spoilers), Wells finds a new love interest, gets kicked out of camp, goes back to camp, and people die and get sick. The end, however, holds all the plot. Prepare for spoilers. <spoiler> The end of the story is when Clarke and Bellamy discover Mount Weather, the Earthborns community (not Grounders in the book), the first mission to earth, and that Clarke’s parents may actually be alive. Oh, and they find Octavia. Ah, and… Wells and the Blake siblings are half-siblings. Although I saw this coming as soon as in Wells’ POV he talks about Melinda B. Melinda Blake. Bellamy Blake. Bellamy is my baby! (Phew, okay. Pulling myself back together.) I did like the difference in the book from the TV show about Mount Weather and the Earthborns’ history. This is a common example of how the book and TV adaptation are parallel to each other but not the same thing. </endspoiler> I’m not sure if I quite loved the amount of action and the plotline surge (def. noun, when an author saves all the plot development for one part of the book) at the end of the book. If the action were thrown in equally throughout the entirety of the book, then perhaps I would have been able to enjoy the book more.
Due to the brevity of the book and the lack of major plot developments, Day 21 does not hold much to be discussed by myself. I am still super excited to read book 3 and then the newest installment this December!
What did you think of the book? Did you enjoy my new words and their definitions? Are you excited to read Kass Morgan’s new book in December? Let me know in the comments below!
Much love, XOXO,
~A Writer Named Charley~