Wren Reviews: ‘Day 21’

Title: Day 21

Author: Kass Morgan

Genre: Dystopian, Action, Adventure, Romance

 

Premise:

(Goodreads)

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.

 

Plot: The plot is quite…interesting yet dull. This is definitely a filler book. There is simply nothing else to call it.

The plot is interesting, though. We get romance for Wells, the guy Clarke rejected. We get Clarke and Bellamy. We get a missing Octavia and the Earthborns attacking. We have mysterious illness.

Here is the plot.

We have the people getting sick. We start, actually, with the funeral of someone who has been attacked by the Earthborns. The hundred are terrified for their lives, but Wells is stepping up to be ‘Chancellor Junior’. Bellamy looks for Octavia his sister. We get Clarke following him, but she gets bitten by a snake and has to return. An Earthborn named Sasha appears and is taken hostage. She slowly befriends, and falls in love with, Wells. We have Clarke and Bellamy both in love with each other. And it seems like everyone else is fending for themselves. People get sick from wintershade, or whatever it is called. A plant. Don’t worry. They’ll recover soon. They end up having Priya killed. Sasha lets Bellamy and Clarke talk to her father the leader of the Earthborns. He explains that Clarke’s parents are alive. Bellamy finds Octavia. The three return to the camp. There, Sasha and Wells reunite. People start to trust the Earthborns. And Wells suspects Kendall of killing Priya. The story ends with Bellamy and Clarke seeing the dropship coming down from the sky.

Back on the ship, Glass and Luke are living it up. They are slowly dying from oxygen deprivation, and Glass wants to go back to her mother. She ends up going on a spacewalk to get to Phoenix her home. She opens the glass door keeping Waldenites and Arcadians back from Phoenix. The people spill into the oxygen-rich Phoenix. Luke and Glass find Sonja Glass’s mother. There, Luke discovers Glass’s dark secret. She sold out his best friend Carter and got Carter killed. Luke, in anguish, leaves Glass as Glass makes her way to the dropships. She ends up getting on with Luke, but her mother dies.

This is a cliffhanger. It really is. There isn’t much to this plot. It isn’t action filled as the TV series is. (Yes, I watch the CW show.) There isn’t much to this book really. It’s a filler book. You can tell when you read it.

 

Character Development:

Clarke. I don’t like Clarke in this book. She was a defiant female heroine with her own ideals in the first book. She, like Cassie from ‘The 5th Wave’ ends up being the arm candy for the male ‘hero’. I don’t particularly like this change. I preferred her when she wasn’t locking lips with Bellamy. Especially when I’m a fan of her and Finn. (Finn is the romantic interest of Clarke in the show. Bellamy, actually, is a jerk in the show not some lovey-dovey nice guy.) I felt like her character was re-written to fit the ‘lover’ position not the ‘medic’.

Bellamy. Gah. Bellamy. He had so much potential. He has a dark past. He loves his sister dearly. We even find out that he’s Wells’s step-brother. But. Bellamy ends up, again, a love interest. That’s all he is. He kisses Clarke. He finds food. He searches for Octavia. Nothing much to his character but that.

Wells. Here is the one character I like. Wells is interesting. He loves Clarke. And he wants her to know he’s sorry for what he did. And Wells is such an interesting character. He’s emotionally torn by that love and commitment, not in the ways Clarke and Glass are. Those girls are whiny and mopey while Wells keeps his brave face on. I hate how he ends up with Earthborn Sasha. He would have been better a single character.

Glass. Glass Glass Glass. How I despise you so. I prefer books where relationships are formed. Not discovered. Not torn apart in the beginning and somehow reunited. I don’t like those. And Glass is one of those girls in those types of relationships. I do admire Luke’s courage. I admire how much he loves Glass. But I don’t like Glass. She has a backstory, but it isn’t a very good backstory. She has the potential to be Raven (again, the show.) She could be that girl. Brave. Daring. Goes to Earth to find her love. But she is on the ship. Her worst problem is breaking Luke’s heart.

 

Problems: There are many, many problems. I felt like this book is the second sequel I’ve read that is sadly lacking. There are two types of sequels. The good ones that make your head spin. Or the terrible ones. This is the latter.

This is why.

This book is focused on romance. There are kissing scenes. Hugging scenes. Holding hands scenes. If I didn’t know this was the sequel, I would have taken it for a romance. There is that much romance. I felt like there was too much emphasis on romance. There could have been more action. Maybe Octavia’s view. I got bored reading about Glass and Luke.

Another thing. The point of views. Clarke and Bellamy told the same story. Love love. Kiss kiss. Fear fear. We could have gotten maybe Priya’s look on things before she died. Or Kendall’s. Or Sasha’s. But we stick to the original four characters. Glass is tiresome. And her story is useless. Why do we need to know what’s happening on the Ark? That’s the thing. We don’t. Wells was good enough. As I said, there is too much romance for me to swallow.

I hated how we got little action. It’s a filler book. We get nothing out of this book. There really is only one or two things.

One. People from the Ark came to the Earth before.

Two. Two of those people are Clarke’s parents.

Three. We get romance all over the place.

In all honesty, there isn’t much that is really good about this filler. We don’t have action. Who is Kendall? What is she doing? Where is Clarke’s parents? Will the hundred survive? None of those questions get answered. Which is disappointing to say the least.

 

Good points: I did like how Wells grew. That was good. I felt like this story wasn’t what it could be. It seems like I’m going through a string of terrible, filler sequels. That is saddening for me to know. I felt like Wells was the only good character. The only one I liked actually. I didn’t see much in this book.

The plot was dull. The characters dull. The action is limited to a few, measly chase scenes that don’t even qualify. The most action is the sob-sob of heartache. And that doesn’t even count as action. It’s more drama.

 

Score: 6/10

Recommended: If you like ‘The 100’ with lots of romance. If you like Bellamy and Clarke together. (I am personally a fan of Finn and Clarke not Bellamy and Clarke.)

 

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