Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review | Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Day 21 by Kass Morgan
Series: The Hundred #2
Published by Little, Brown BYR
Publish Date: September 16, 2014
Source: Publisher
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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. (Goodreads) 


Day 21 by Kass Morgan 

My Thoughts:  I'll be upfront right away and tell you that while the second half of Day 21 by Kass Morgan is much more fast-paced and fun, it is the beginning that lays the foundation for everything. I liked this book. I think it is a fitting sequel to The 100 and I am eager for the next part of the story. 


(Click HERE for my recap of The 100 by Kass Morgan)

The book is divided up into four points-of-view again, just like it was in the first book. The group of one hundred colonists has lessened by a few in their first twenty-one days on Earth and tensions are running high. They have no communication with their command center back on the ship, and they have no idea why, and they are low on food and supplies. The issue in the front of everyone's mind, though, are the other people here on Earth. None of the hundred knew there were already people on Earth (aka Earthborn), so the colonists find themselves in an inferior position. For one colonist in particular, the medical expert Clarke, Day 21 is a pretty big deal because by this time, if radiation is going to be a problem, it will be apparent to her...

A few things

1. The "Earthborn" have kidnapped one of the colonists! And the colonists end up with one of the Earthborn. Octavia's kidnapping provides a great launching point for other story-lines, particularly toward the end. BUT the girl captured by the colonists, Sasha, is an awesome new character. She is a huge asset to the group because she is familiar with Earth and can help them with scavenging for food and hunting. She also knows the land and is able to easily take them from place to place several times. There is a ton of tension between the group and Sasha in the beginning because they're all positive she is at least partly responsible for taking Octavia, but one by one they begin to warm up to her and see that she does not pose a threat. -- I loved her character. She may be my favorite character so far. 

2. I'm so happy that the majority of this book takes place on Earth rather than up in space. I love science-fiction, but it is neat to have a visual of the landscape as it is seen through the eyes of the colonists. I love the way the colonists responded to being on Earth; everything is so sensory for them. (There is also a portion of the book that took place on the ship and while I think this was less interesting than the part that took place on Earth, I love the characters that are still stuck up there.)

3. The book picks up a bit at about the halfway point. It isn't boring before then, but it read much quicker when certain things were revealed. 

4. People die! People get injured and hurt. They make great use of the medic! The colonists were always looking over their shoulders, always a little scared of the unknown, and I liked that. They were automatically the underdogs and they had no idea where the "bad guys" were at any given time because they didn't know the land. 

5. As with the first book, the author uses flashbacks with each POV to continue to build the characters' backstory. I liked this because it served to show motivations for behaviors or thoughts. 

6. Slight cliffhanger, but it isn't too bad!  

I had a great time reading Day 21 by Kass Morgan. I chose to go back and re-read The 100 via audiobook before I began this book, so it was much easier for me to dive straight in without having to reacquaint myself with each cast member. I recommend Day 21 by Kass Morgan to fans of young adult science fiction and to fans of adventure and survival stories. I think I'm ready to check out the The 100 TV Series since I'm this far along in the series - I've heard it is a bit different than the books and I'm actually kind of excited about it. 

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Audiobook Notes:  The audiobook format of The 100 by Kass Morgan is published by Hachette Audio and is 7 hours and 21 minutes, Unabridged. It is narrated by Justin Torres and Phoebe Strole who both spoke clearly and performed the multiple POV's very well. I would recommend this audiobook to listeners for first-reads and re-reads. 





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Day 21 will appeal to fans of:

YA Science Fiction
Space & Earth Adventures 
Romance: There are several. 
Setting: Earth and Space
Alternating POV's
Adventure & Survival Stories

Day 21 by Kass Morgan
is currently available for purchase.

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2 comments:

  1. Sascha sounds like a great character! The way you describe everything makes me excited to read it. I'm intrigued to learn more about the Earthborn though, how they survived and everything. Does Octavia herself appear in the book?

    I like the flashbacks as well, it helps to understand the characters much better.

    I was considering pushing Day 21 off my "priority-reading" list but I think I might read it sooner rather than later now. This was a great review!

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    1. I think Sasha IS great. And Yes! Octavia does appear in the book although it isn't for most of the book.

      I saw on Goodreads that most of my reading friends aren't reading this particular series right away and that's interesting to me because I'm really enjoying it. Let me know how you like this one whenever you get around to it.

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