Joint ARC Review: The 100 & 21 Days by Kass Morgan

17333779Title:  The 100

Author: Kass Morgan

Rating: ★★

Synopsis: Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

Huge thank you to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Netgalley for these ARCs!

Sam’s Review:

This book had so much potential, and yet it was so vague and nonsensical at the same time. I wanted so much more for this story than I got — I was hoping for a story about survival, struggles, crime, and post-apocalyptic goodness — or at least that is what is advertised. This book was a glorified “science fiction” romance novel, which is not a bad thing if that is what you are expecting. Since the book doesn’t advertise this part, well, that’s really what your getting… and then the science fiction kaboomy part at the end.

Everything about this world is vague, which is really frustrating. We don’t get a sense of what kind of dystopian world the story has or entirely what the issues are. Yes it’s about repopulating Earth since it’s completely inhabitable, and yes let’s send some criminal teens to see if it can produce life, but that’s really all we get! Furthermore, Clarke is perfect in every way and all the boys love her and that is apparently characterization. Seriously, everyone was either super perfect or very vapid in terms of personality and again, it’s a case of wanting more than what you get. I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters, which is never a good sign.

You know what kept me reading though? This is a total popcorn book. One that is so insane and ridiculous that you cannot stop reading because everything keeps getting crazier. I mean, there is so much romantic dramalama and admittedly, that for me was entertaining. Plus the book is an easy read and surprisingly a page-turner, even if it isn’t very good. Admittedly, it also makes me want to watch the television show just to see if all of the romantic aspects get amplified into intense steamy teen dramaland.

Admittedly, The 100 isn’t very good. If you wanted an easy popcorn read, then it’s perfect for those seeking a mindless experience. Those who are looking for a book to be more stimulating on the science fiction front should steer clear.


 

20454076Title:  The 100: 21 Days

Author: Kass Morgan

Rating: ★★ 1/2

Synopsis: 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.

Sam’s Review:

So, admittedly, this book was much better than the first one. In a lot of ways, that’s still not saying much. Again, it’s still very much a page-turner and it’s definitely popcorn fiction, and while I completely devoured this book, I’m still at a loss for words as what I’d even say is enjoyable about it.

Since this is a direct sequel, you can’t jump right into Day 21. There’s just as much melodrama here as there was in the first book, but I will give this one more credit than the first — the characters felt a lot more fleshed out in this instalment, and were much less shallow than what we got prior. The book also fixed another issue I had with the first, which was the world-building. This book is mostly set on Earth and we get so much more world-building this time, and yet… Morgan leaves us with more questions, someone which are confusing, perhaps?

A lot of the “surprises” in this book felt so predictable and tacked on, particularly when it comes to the Wells/Clarke/Bellamy love-triangle. In fact, I totally predicted the big spoiler with these two, but my hope was that Morgan wouldn’t go in that direction, and did. I still don’t entirely understand the appeal of Clarke as a love interest considering she still has some of the weakest development. I’d even argue Wells and Bellamy got a bigger boost to characterization than she did, which is kind of a shame since she’s one of the most important characters.

To be frank, a lot of the characters still don’t gel with me. I really don’t get the relationship between Glass and Luke, especially considering how horrible a person Glass is (and how much the book ADMITS she’s a horrible person). The melodrama between all of the leads was just too much at times, and I was really annoyed by the fact that the ending is the only time we get some information about the Earthborns. Otherwise, it’s more “Here’s the Hundred fighting. Here’s the Hundred making out” and I wish I could say I was fine with that, but I need more work with! When the book was focusing on the science fiction aspects, I did want to know more, but like the first book, it still felt like only a sliver of the actual plot that was happening.

I’m not sure if I will read the next book in this series (providing their is one), but I still have this crazy desire to watch the show, if just to see how they approach the science fiction aspects and the CW-style melodrama. This series is really an odd duck, but chances are if you loved the first book or the show, you’ll probably love this sequel as well.

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