If you’re a fan of the first two books in the The 100 series by Kass Morgan, or if you’ve caught any episodes of the TV adaptation on the CW, I have good news: book three in the series, Homecoming, is now available.
The story picks up right where Day 21, the second book in the series, left off. Clarke, Bellamy, Wells, and Octavia, along with their new friend Sasha, have been on Earth for several weeks, but dropships carrying the remaining citizens from the Colony (including Glass and Luke) are crash landing as the book begins. Without giving too much away, the characters all face difficult challenges as the Colonists try to reestablish society on their “new” planet.
The first two books in the series end with some pretty wicked cliffhangers. In Homecoming, we finally get a sense of closure when the novel ends, but Morgan leaves enough up in the air that another book wouldn’t be out of the question. With the popularity of the TV adaptation and the success of the book series, I wouldn’t be surprised to see another installment or a spin-off series focusing on some new characters.
One of my favorite things about this book was the strong female characters. It seems like in a lot of YA lit, the female characters leave a lot to be desired. Even when they appear to be assertive and capable, they often take a backseat to the male characters. In Homecoming, however, the ladies are smart, independent and take-charge. When the dropship crash lands on Earth, Clarke immediately rushes to help the wounded. She turns out to be a very capable medic, and she balances her relationship with Bellamy with the work she feels called to do. And he respects her strengths and doesn’t try to stand in her way! It’s pretty great.
Romance is a major factor in this installment of the series. There are several love stories going on throughout the course of the book. We get to see more of some fan-favorite couples (Bellarke!) and watch other romances bloom and grow.
There are still plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. In typical fashion, Morgan is not afraid to break some hearts, and no character is safe. Each character faces the dangers of Earth, the violent Earthborn factions, and the evil Vice Chancellor. Honestly, this book has something for everyone.
I’d definitely recommend this series for fans of dystopian young adult fiction. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games or Divergent, then the The 100 series (and its newest installment, Homecoming) are probably right up your alley. Fans of books that pull you in and keep you on the edge of your seat will definitely want to check this one out.