Friday, July 8, 2016

Book Review: Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Title: Day 21 (The 100 book #2)

Author: Kass Morgan

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 320

Blurb: 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.

Comment: 21 days have passed since the 100 landed on Earth, but the pace of the story is so slow that it seems just two or three days have passed; however, you can´t predict what will happen. The setting takes place in the ship and Earth.

The plot is very interesting, but explored badly. The characters are more focused on their past and personal issues rather than a new world that is in front of them. They seem to be unaware of the challenges of their new life; it is as if they are imprisoned in a bubble named past. They seem incapable of overcoming their past and sins.

The story is focused on four characters: Bellamy, Clarke, Glass and Wells. Bellamy wants to find his sister no matter what, but he is in love with Clarke, who disappoints him when she reveals a secret of her past. Clarke is interesting in discovering what happened to the previous expedition. Glass wants to stay with her boyfriend and save her mother when the ship is about to collapse. Wells spends much time trying to get Clarke´s forgiveness; at last, he turns his attention to Sasha, an Earthborn who has much to hide, I assume.

I like the idea of romance between Clarke and Belamy, but it doesn´t seem authentic. You don´t know when they feel attracted to each other; it isn´t magical. They seem just two teenagers who decided to be together. Just it.

Mysterious deaths scare the 100; however, those events don´t offer moments of tension. They blame the Earthborns for those attacks; the scenes of the attacks are so superficial and vague that you don´t have any idea of what´s happening. With what purpose have they attacked the 100? Will book #3 reveal this mystery? I hope so.

It´s an average book.