Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Monument 14

Title:  Monument 14

Author: Emmy Laybourne

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

Cover: 4/5

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong. 

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.


I can never get enough apocalyptic stories, when I saw this book on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it. 

From page one the book grabbed my attention and held it. I liked the idea of being trapped in a superstore (honestly, who wouldn't want to be stuck in Wal-mart if something catastrophic happened? I know I would!). 

I liked the different characters in the book.

What a great ending, I really want to know what happens in book 2!
Recommended for readers 15+.

Thank you to Feiwel & Friends and NetGalley for my e-galley!

4/5 Stars


Canada said...

This novel had amazing potential, if you ask me. One of the things I was unhappy about was the fact that there were all these amazing, scary natural disasters going on outside and we barely got to experience any of it. Volcano blasts, earthquakes, tsunamis, extreme weather, etc. We get but a small glimpse of it in this book. While I think the idea of a group of kids being trapped in the store is really neat and it was done well, I would have liked for us to experience the outside, in some way, more than we did. That is the main peeve I had with this book.

Sarah S said...

Yeah I think there could of been more details in the book when it comes to that.


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