Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: 16th September 2014
Summary (From Goodreads):
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.
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.
This book picks up pretty much where the last one left off, and is written in a similar format: jumping between different characters P.O.V and using a lot of flashbacks to tell back story.
I found the flashbacks more irritating this time round. It just felt like most of the important stuff had already been told in the first book and now the flashbacks were being used to illustrate points rather than give us insight. While some of the flashbacks were interesting, I kept thinking: if that’s the story you wanted to tell, why not start there, instead of constantly flashing back?
A lot of the tension seemed to have diffused now, which was strange considering the climax at the end of the last book. While I expected to find the 100 being attacked by Earthborns and Luke and Glass suffocating, everything seemed a bit calm when I expected panic and drama.
I found Luke and Glass’ story more interesting than the 100’s this time, as what was happening on Earth seemed fairly dull compared to what they were going through, which again, is strange because there was quite a lot happening down on Earth. I just found all the tension was erased by the constant back and forth romances and the insistent focussing on that. I understand if you dump a bunch of horny criminal teenagers together there’s going to be some sexual tension, but I can’t believe they’re so worried about who loves who rather than fears of attack or starvation or radiation poisoning.
While I still enjoyed this book, I think it’s a bit of an easy read: I’m in it more for the story than the writing and even the characters sometimes. It reads too simply and glosses over some of the finer details (and some of the larger ones) and that’s what really makes a good book. I can see why it’s been adapted to a TV show. It’s never going to be the height of great literature but I know I’ll still be looking out for the sequel.