Review: Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Posted October 4, 2014 by valeranne in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Day 21

by Kass Morgan
Series: The Hundred #2
Published on September 16th, 2014
by Brown & Co.
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: The 100

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.

4 Stars

Hallelujah! Thank you Kass Morgan; Day 21 was everything that I was wanting from The 100 and more. I originally started reading this sequel solely to learn more about my Bellamy Blake but I left this book having respect (and dare I say love) for each of the main characters.

The only way that I can describe my journey through this book is that I accidentally tripped and fell in love with this novel. I was still burned from the first book not meeting my expectations but before I knew it, I was one hundred (hehe) percent into this book. I thought the premise of The 100 was compelling and it was finally lived up to its potential in this sequel.

I don’t even know how to write this review. All of the issues that I had in the first book are no more; the science fiction aspects took on a huge role, the society building was fascinating to read about, and even the romance was better. 

I loved the fact that they were no longer newbies to the planet and they were starting to really get a feel of the land. It is revealed that there are people inhabiting earth which brings up several questions about human nature and how to deal with this new information. For some, the obvious response to fear/the unknown is violence, while others seek peace in a time of fear. I loved seeing how the people came together and worked through their differences, making mistakes but also learning together as a group. 

The characters in this book were all great. Like I said before, I now have a love for all of the characters because they finally came into their own. The new characters that were introduced were wholly fascinating while also aiding the main characters in growth. Yes, Bellamy is still my favorite character but all of the characters were wonderful; I loved seeing how they grew and started to step up in the community. Bellamy is such an interesting character, he’s so fiercely passionate that whatever act he decides to do, he commits fully to it. He’s also sexy. There’s that too. I loved this quote that a fourteen/fifteen year old girl said about him:

He’s so spectacularly attractive, no one can look directly at him. It’s just too blinding, like staring at the sun.

The flashbacks were still a huge part of this book but their purpose changed; in the first novel, they allowed us to learn back story about the characters but in this book they helped make connections between the main characters. Every time a connection was made, my mind was blown. These flashbacks were still my favorite part of the story because they, like the characters, evolved in their purposes.

The book is told through four main POVs but this book allowed us to get a handle on the minor characters which really completed this book. The remaining hundred juveniles were adapting and learning as well as the main characters. They were sent to Earth completely in the dark of the happenings on the ship and down on land but as time goes on, they all understand the past and their present. One of my favorite quotes is:

If we can’t take care of each other, then it means they were right about us all along.

To sum it up, I loved this story and I can’t wait for the third book, Homecoming, coming out in February.

My mind is still processing everything that I learned in this book. Great read.

About Kass Morgan

Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels. Kass is currently working on the sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that allows laptops on the weekend.

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2 responses to “Review: Day 21 by Kass Morgan

  1. Oooo, I love your analogy, that you accidentally tripped and fell in love with this book ;D I think I still have an ARC of book one somewhere… I’ll have to dig it out. As soon as this series got popular, I was all like nope nope nope… however, I like seeing reviews like this! Excellent review, Valeranne 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    • Thanks, I found it to be incredibly accurate. 🙂 The first book is a quick and slightly bland read but I definitely think it’s worth it to get to this book. Thanks for reading!

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