Summary: 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. [Goodreads]
So, in the review for the first book, I said that I wasn’t that happy with the amount of focus and time put into the romance story. Well, this book is even more of the romance, but it’s also more of the action. About halfway through this, I started to realize that instead of the books putting too much into the romance instead of the action, they’re focusing on the relationships as much as the action and survival. The importance of the characters relationships is clear: in this world, in this time, you won’t survive on your own. I really like all the pairings in the story (Bellamy and Clarke, Glass and Luke, Wells and Sasha) because they’re natural and authentic and adorable (oops I’m a sucker sorry). As I read through this books, I saw a sort of pattern in Kass Morgan’s writing that works really well. It’s action-y until you get a little tired of it, then you get some romance or funny stuff until it gets a little old, and so on. It may seem a little tedious, but it worked well for me, a person who enjoys both the romance and action aspects of all stories.
Another focus of the story is the Colonists relationship with the Earthborns, who are split into two groups (good and bad). As the Colonists still in space fight to survive and make their way to Earth, the hundred on the ground struggle to not be picked off by outside threats. I really loved this storyline because it shows that the teenagers are capable of making relationships with outsiders that are permanent and meaningful. The outside threat forces them to all work together towards a common goal and results in a stronger force and community.
Overall, this was a strong sequel, which is hard to do. The characters showed great growth and development and the story is regenerated to keep readers interested in the series.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Favorite quote: “We aren’t born for ourselves alone.”