Mar 19, 2015

Homecoming

Homecoming is the final book in The 100 series. I was really excited to read this one but I found that I wasn't as invested in the story as I was with the two previous books.


 Weeks after landing on Earth, the Hundred have managed to create a sense of order amidst their wild, chaotic surroundings. But their delicate balance comes crashing down with the arrival of new dropships from space.

These new arrivals are the lucky ones - back on the Colony, the oxygen is almost gone - but after making it safely to Earth, GLASS's luck seems to be running out. CLARKE leads a rescue party to the crash site, ready to treat the wounded, but she can't stop thinking about her parents who may still be alive. Meanwhile, WELLS struggles to maintain his authority despite the presence of the Vice Chancellor and his armed guards, and BELLAMY must decide whether to face or flee the crimes he thought he'd left behind.

It's time for the Hundred to come together and fight for the freedom they've found on Earth, or risk losing everything - and everyone - they love.


The dynamic that has been settled in The 100's camp is shifting, quickly. Everyone faces challenges that boils down to living or dying at the hand of an enemy.

There was a lot about this book that caught me off guard. Some of it was expected as far as the progression of the plot. But when it came to Well's and Sasha...that took me off guard. A part of me thinks it was unnecessary yet I completely understand why Kass Morgan took that direction with these two characters. It was important for the character development but it still makes me wish things cold have gone different. I loved Wells by the end of this series and to be honest he became one of my favorites. His development as a character was one of the best in this series.

I lost my connection to Glass and Luke in the second book. It didn't come back in Homecoming. I was really hoping it would because I enjoyed their story in the beginning. It wasn't even that I stopped enjoying it, but I lost that spark of wanting to go back to Glass's point of view to know what was happening. I also feel like Luke just didn't get enough dialogue in this book.

Bellamy and Clarke are the power couple of this series. Their personalities mesh so well together, they make each other better. It really shines in this book as you see Bellamy make tough decisions. I don't think he would have been so kind had Clarke not been in his life. She makes him a little more level headed while he makes Clarke a little more easy going in certain aspects. I love these two characters as their own and together.

Part of my problem with this final book I think had to do with the fact I watch the show. Season Two had just come to a close and it was so intense that when this book came to a close I felt it fell a little flat. It wasn't that it was dull, but the show kept filling my mind and I couldn't get past that. Because of this I feel like I should have held off reading this final book until I had some time to not have the show still so fresh in my mind.

Though I had mixed feelings about this finale book I did enjoy it. I wish things hadn't been so rushed at the end, but overall I enjoyed the story. I am giving Homecoming 3.5 out of 5 birds! I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good story told in the future. I would also recommend people watch the show because both hold something that is really interesting and you get invested in both stories. Because though the show is based on the books it is very different.



Mar 2, 2015

Day 21

Immediately after reading The 100 by Kass Morgan I wanted the next book. Thankfully I started this series at the right time. The second book is out and the third one just came out a week or so ago. After reading this one I had that same feeling of wanting to read the next right away.


 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.


Day 21 picks up two days where The 100 leaves us. Even though I went a few weeks before being to able to get a copy of this book it didn't take me long to get back into the story. If anything it sucked me in even further. The characters have grown, the story has progressed and things are getting twisty and turny.

There is quiet a bit of character growth in this one especially with Wells. He frustrated and often annoyed me in the first book. I never wanted to read his chapters, always waiting for it to switch back to Bellamy or Clarke. With Day 21 I found myself actually enjoying his chapters. When he isn't obsessive over Clarke he's actually a really awesome character. I'm really curious how things will go for him in the next book. Especially since it seems he will be one very involved with the Earthborns.

Bellamy and Clarke's relationship takes the next step in this book and I loved every bit of it! I was not expecting for there to be a connection between them and their pasts. Yet, it was perfect. It brought them together on a deeper level and it made Clarke come to terms with what has been haunting her.

Surprisingly I wasn't as invested in Glass's story as I was in the first book. I love Luke. I think he is a fantastic character but there a moments where I find I get a little bored with Glass and her love story with Luke.  I can't pinpoint what it was this time around but I couldn't fall in to their story like before.

There we're quiet a few surprises in the book that I didn't see coming, but a part of me felt I should have caught on. I personally really enjoy reading these books. They are quickly paced, the storyline its self is very intriguing and to top it off you've got fantastic characters. Some could use a little bit more fleshing out but most are written really well.

Day 21 is getting 4 out of 5 birds from me! I'm starting the third book in this series right away. I'm really curious to see what will happen next after the way it was ended. I'd recommend this series to anyone who loves a book set in a future with well written characters and an interesting premise. It's easy to get caught up in the story.