Homecoming by Kass Morgan
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Romance
Published by: Little, Brown Books
Series: The 100 (#1) | Day 21 (#2)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon
Homecoming is the final book in The 100 trilogy – or at least, I assume it’s a trilogy. I was interested to see how this series wrapped up, but I wasn’t very invested in any of the characters’ stories to really care about what happened to them. The relationships that these characters have are basically all built on lies, but thank goodness, because everyone is just so forgiving. *rolls eyes* This book wrapped up everyone’s story lines in a cute pink bow, but what I really want to know if what happens next! I guess I’ll just have to watch the TV show and see what changes are made.
The plot was very repetitive in this book. The main elements were; one member of a couple is injured and the other has to try and save them. This legitimately happened to every pairing, and the only thing that made the character’s stories remotely different to one another’s was that not all of the characters survived. The main death of this book could have been prevented easily, and I felt that it was only written to try and add drama and tension.
Other than illness not a lot happened. Wells got to play catch up with Glass, Glass got to play catch up with Clarke, etc. Very cyclic and kind of boring, if I’m being honest. There weren’t any ‘big reveals’ so the tension that made The 100 and Day 21 so successful didn’t continue into the final book. Also, the flashbacks weren’t as necessary, because they didn’t add anything. (Apart from maybe the Scott backstory.) Luckily, Morgan didn’t try and force more backstory sections, because she must have realised how irrelevant they’d be too. I thank her for that.
Clarke was probably my favourite character, Bellamy needed to pipe down and stop being so humble, and Wells sort of needed to get a grip and leave the past in the past like everyone else. Octavia was significantly absent from this novel, which was explained simply by ‘she wanted to stay with the kids.’ Graham, remember him? The antagonist in book one? Mentioned about twice. The new enemies were the Earthborns; scantily mentioned and posed little threat against the force of teamwork. And the vice Chancellor – why did nobody shoot him on arrival?
The mystery behind Clarke’s parents was resolved in so few pages it was almost comical. Flashback to her parents in a market place, a convenient radio conversation and it’s a done deal. I’m sorry, what? More big family reunions and everyone’s happy. That’s probably where Homecoming went wrong. There were too many happy endings. Also you could probably make a drinking game out of how many times the characters finished a chapter with something along the lines of ‘We’re finally home.’
Despite all of this I did enjoy Homecoming. It was a really quick read and overall, I really enjoyed the sci-fi setting that makes this series so original. I’m told that the TV show focuses more on the survival element of the story, which I think really could have been expanded on more. I awarded Homecoming 2 stars because it wasn’t as engaging as the rest of the series, but I was okay with where all of the characters ended up.