Review: MONUMENT 14 by Emmy Laybourne

MONUMENT 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Hardcover: 294 pages
Publication: June 5th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 0312569033 (ISBN13: 9780312569037)
Source: Publisher
Rating: ♥♥.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.

My Thoughts:

MOUMENT 14 by Emmy Laybourne seemed to be the darker edged read that I always favor. A freak incident of nature begins a cataclysmic chain of events forcing an unlikely group to house up in a local superstore. All the possibilities with that scenario were too tempting to resist, so as soon as this book reached my hands I eagerly devoured it.

This story moves at lightening quick speed and it only takes a few pages before all hell breaks loose and progresses from there. First beginning with a hail storm of doom and escalating onward to the catastrophic release of chemical war far. The events leading to the everyone being housed in a superstore are believable but what happens inside is a bit off. Considering that the world was falling apart outside I found that too much emphasis was placed on foolish drama between the characters that I could not seem to care much about. I think that part of that reason is because they all seemed to embody the stereotypical group of teens Yet, none were properly fleshed out, especially its main POV character Dean. I feel that he was supposed to represent that smart, shy and impossibly sensitive individual but his subsequent actions belied that belief.

Aside from the speed of this storyline I enjoyed the different take on how the chemical spill affected the population dependent of their blood type. It was original and well delineated and it added that bit of extra fear that seemed to crank things up an notch (as if they other catastrophic events were not enough). Yet, for all the horrible things that seem to accompany these events there is really a low death toll in this novel.  It is uncharacteristic with this type of storyline and I kept waiting for the shoe to drop but it never did. What did catch me of guard was the twist at the end. I was truly not expecting it and despite my initial reluctance I am curious as to what will happen next.

If you are interested in a read that has alot of teen angst while dealing with an impossibly difficult situation then this may be the read for you.

2 comments on "Review: MONUMENT 14 by Emmy Laybourne"

Cindy wrote: May 29, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Sorry this one didn't work out for you :/ It sounds interesting and I think I'll enjoy it, so I might give it a shot in the future. Thanks for the honest review :)

Irene Jennings wrote: June 10, 2013 at 2:38 AM

I love that it features a cast of kids - the idea of this group in a crisis in a superstore is really cool! Been seeing reviews for this everywhere, so I can't wait to read it now!

Irene Jennings of Beef Jerky

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