Summary: 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. [Goodreads]
Here it is, the final review. I started this series on the 25th, and it’s been really great reading about the characters that I’ve come to love from the tv show. This book was a great finale to the trilogy, although it could’ve used more time to tie up all the things that were happening in the last two chapters there.
Going back to the beginning of the book: we start off with the majority of the Colonists from space coming down to Earth in a pretty bad descent in dropships. The hundred go to help them, but since Chancellor Jaha is still in a coma, the Vice Chancellor Rhodes has taken charge, and he is not a very cool guy. He immediately shoots/wounds Bellamy and sentences him to death, and makes the hundred prisoners once again, even though the teenagers had been promised freedom and a pardon of their crimes now that they were on Earth. No such luck, apparently, and things just get worse from there. What I really enjoyed about the book was that it was how a trilogies final books should be: super intense, a little confusing and really fast-paced, and Homecoming didn’t disappoint. Blood was shed, tears were cried, love ones lost, family found, some super cute Bellamy/Clarke moments, the good stuff. There wasn’t a moment where I was bored or in a stable emotional state.
One thing that I didn’t like (that I mentioned above) was that the ending was super rushed. Final battle, conflict resolution, bombshell, reunions, declaration of love, kind of cheesy line about humanity being home, THE END. Where’s my wrap-up? Where’s my confirmation that all my favorites made it through okay? I had a lot of questions, and not in the good way. There are some books that you can leave a bit to the imagination or even a lot, but a book like this? No. I would have loved to know what happened to Wells, Clarke, Bellamy and Glass a little further into the future, see how everything ends up, maybe provide a little more information after the bombshell reunions and council votes. I’ve said before that one of the things I really appreciated about this author is that she explains everything, but I was left feeling a little ripped off that we didn’t get to see more of the aftermath of the final battle. A little disappointing.
However, this book was still super good. The characters are still amazing, the plot is still exhilarating and suspenseful, and I read it in less than two hours. Totally would recommend, especially to fans of the awesome tv show.
Rating: 4 stars
Favorite quote: “Endings and beginnings are inseparable, like the moment before dawn and the moment after.”