Jan 4, 2015

Monument 14 (Monument 14, #1)

monument 14

Monument 14,#1

emmy laybourne.

 Publisher :Feiwel & Friends.
Publication Date:June 5,2012
Genre:YA Fantasy| Survival.
 Source: Library| Goodreads


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. 


This was intense, yet an unbelievable story about survivor. A novel that keeps you on edge of the seat, a book that has you craving more as book progresses. Its type of a novel that you can’t help but love, wonder what’s in store for everyone next. I did. I always loved books that were about survival, its type of books that has you wonder what you would do in their situation. I know that I wouldn’t last as long all of them had. I would have lost it the first couple seconds. I think they got a bit lucky because they ended up in the store, that they had food available to them, even if they had to cook them. When I read the book, I couldn’t believe that this was her debut novel, because the book, the story blew me away. It was one of the best survival stories, it was unlike all other survival stories that I have read, and that’s one of the things that I loved about it. There wasn’t a single page, that didn’t have you craving for more.

All of the characters were different, yet they stick together for most of the novel. They took roles of taking care of the younger kids, to make sure that they were safe. I can’t even begin to imagine how the little kids were feeling about disaster. I don’t think that any of them actually knew what was going on, all that they knew was that something bad had happened, but I don’t think that they actually knew what happened. I got say I think that Josie was the best with the kids, when she was finally able to function and I could tell that they loved her as well. She acted as if she was their parents and that’s what those kids needed. They needed to feel safe. I am glad that she finally was able to function, even if it took her a bit.

I enjoyed fact that this was from a guy’s point of view. However there were few times that I found myself wondering what others were thinking. There were 14 kids stuck in superstore, wouldn’t you wonder? At start, I wasn’t sure how this would work out, how long they would make it together in one store, without killing one another. I thought that Niko was a good choice for leader, he came up with great plan, in order to keep everything in order, I just wish that others would give him more chance. He was a great leader. He always seemed to have a place, even in event of emergency.

Monument 14 is a novel about friendship, survival, trust and hope. Now I know why it’s a series that’s talked about. A breathtaking, thrilling debut.


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