Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Series: The Hundred (bk. 2)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi

Subjects: survival, re-colonization, space colonies, outer space

Setting: 300 years in the future, in a space colony called the Arc, and on the East Cost of what was the United States.

POV/Tense: 3rd person POV, past tense. Rotating between Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass.

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 311 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Hachette: Little, Brown

Summary/ product 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.

My Review:  Day 21 is the epic sequel to The 100. It’s full of action and survival and every bit as awesome as the CW TV show, though different. Many of the events that occurred in the book have not occurred on the show and can’t occur on the show. The books are exciting and fast paced where as the show drags some things out. In Day 21 the 100 just learned that there are other people on Earth still. They call them Earthborns (not Grounders). These people have been surviving underground and other surfaced decades ago. The 100 capture an Earthborn who’s a teenage girl. She claims to have not taken part in killing their friend, Asher.

Romance continues to develop between Clarke and Bellamy. I really prefer Bellamy in the book because he’s seems so much nicer, even if cocky. He’s got good, pure intentions. He just wants to protect and save Octavia and help the other by hunting for food. He’s got a bit of a temper, but he’s not manipulative like he seemed on the show. Clarke is a pretty confident character with her own issues. She’s keeping a secret from Bellamy. Wells develops a new relationship. Glass is still in the colony and dealing with the issues up there. The story also contains flashbacks. We get to see the characters’ pasts. There are also some interesting twist and secrets that we discover.

I can go on and on about the differences between the show and the books. Clarke’s mother on the show was still on the ship when she left, but in the book Clarke’s parents were “floated” already. Glass is not in the show at all. Wells is African-American on the show. Octavia is older on the show. There is no “Finn” character in the book like there is on the TV show. Compared to the changes from the Vampires books to TV show, the changes on the 100 are very minor. In my opinion, Finn and Clarke’s mom are the most plot wrecking changes. Kass Morgan has written a great dystopian series and it just had to be picked up before she even finished writing it. I love the books and it’s best to keep the storylines separate.

I recommend this series not only to those who like the TV show, or the Hunger Games, but if you liked books like: The Young World by Chris Weitz, All These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, or Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.

Cover Art Review: They decided to make the cover like the TV show. The falling people look too much like people falling on 9-11. I like the landscape though.

The 100 is on Wednesday nights a 8:00PM CST (9 eastern) on the CW (WGN Channel 9 for people in the Chicagoland area) 

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