by Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14 #1
Published: June 5th 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
ISBN: 0312569033 (ISBN13: 9780312569037)
Source: Bought Myself
Reading Level: 16 and up
Shelf Award: AMAZING!, Favorite!
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
There is just so much I want to say about Monument 14. I randomly picked it up and before you know it I was submerged in the story! I read the first few chapters so quickly. I had meant to only read a few pages to get the general feel of it since it had been sitting on my shelf for a year! I didn’t read it for many reasons but first was because it seemed a bit juvenile what with kids taking care of kids. It was a bit too reminiscent of Lord Of The Flies, which I read twice and never enjoyed… WRONG! I was so wrong! It was NOTHING like Lord Of The Flies! Second reason why I didn’t read it was because it had a Male protagonist and POV. I’ve never been able to truly connect with Male protagonists/POVs (save for Harry Potter). Well I was wrong again!
The story might be told by Dean but it is the story of all 14 kids stuck in a Greenway! There are many controversial issues being talked about in the book but I can’t divulge them for risk of spoiling the book for you all! I loved the down right organized chaos and mayhem. I thought the children handled themselves exceptionally. Their adventure was not without some truly gory and horrifying times. I loved the harshness of the story, how it truly read like a retelling of some truly horrible global event. The author really hashed out every little detail of her story and gave us a compelling story about survival and human nature! It was easy to see how usually clique-y teenagers would come together as a whole (not without problems if I may say so.) and survive a truly horrible ordeal. The pacing was perfect! enough to keep you on your toes all the time but slow enough to give the reader time to think about what he/she is reading and speculate on the events within the book!
The secondary character did not feel secondary at all. I loved them all! They all had believable personalities and flaws. Niko, Josie and Max were my favorite characters. Also it was obvious that the older kids were teenagers who were also dealing with typical teenager issues. This book was just as much plot driven as it was character driven. I constantly wanted to know more about the disaster and those kids. There was of course some romance. But it was truly minimal. there was a small hint of a love triangle (which formed for all the wrong reasons… Ahem.. vindictiveness) but the book really focused of the 14 kids stuck in a Greenway and the way they coped with the disaster and the hopes they had to finding their families.
Anyone who loves a tale of adventures in the toughest of situation! Honestly, I recommend it to everyone!