The 100: Day 21
By Kass Morgan
Wow, okay! The TV series took an absolutely huge leap from the books! That’s all I’ll say on that.
If you thought The 100 was a fast read, get ready for this one! These books have a case of the zoomies. Once again, I got through this one in about a day. This series is definitely an easy read; no dictionaries necessary.
The characters aren’t terribly deep, but they’re more or less a bunch of teenagers in survival mode—not really the ideal space for personal growth. The only part I got a little uncomfortable with was (spoiler ahead, but not a big one) Bellamy had sex with Clarke. It was established in the first book that Bellamy is between 20 and 21 years old, and Clarke is just about 17 and a half. Close to being a “legal adult” but still not one. I’m sure some would argue with me about the appropriateness of this scene, and I’m not here for that. I’m here for the basic warning and to pop in and wonder why it was “necessary” at all. So far, plot-wise, it wasn’t. Because of that, it comes off as creepy fan service.
The 100: Day 21 only covers a few days in its 311 pages. It begins on day 21 and, if I had to guess, ends on day 25 or 26. It feels like a lot happens, but if you stop to think about it not much actually does. And that’s the main issue I had with this book.
Since I read The 100 so recently, all the reiteration of the events from that book got old and took me out of the story. I think even without having read The 100 just yesterday they would’ve bothered me. Kass Morgan could have trusted her readers a bit more to actually remember the—admittedly basic—plot of her first book.
The flashbacks that I enjoyed from The 100 became tedious in The 100: Day 21. There was a tiny, tiny embed in one flashback that may or may not be important later, but the “big reveal” at the end of Day 21 probably made that moot.
Did I hate The 100: Day 21? No. Will I read it again? Probably not. Was it fun for an afternoon of light reading? Sure.
Now then, let’s see where the next book in the series takes us.