Monday, June 25, 2012

Review: Monument 14

Monument 14 Goodreads Description:

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:

When I first heard the Fierce Reads tour was coming to Pensacola, I immediately went and looked up all of the books to see what they were about. I ordered them and planned on reading as many of them as possible before the event. Sadly, I only made it through one.

Monument 14’s description immediately got my attention. The idea of living in a superstore while the world outside was quite literally crashing and burning was so intriguing. How would a bunch of kids work together to stay alive? Needless to say, Monument 14 was the first book that I picked up.

I really enjoyed this book. I read it pretty much in one sitting. It was easy to read and it had a good pace. Monument 14 keeps you on the edge of your seat. You are constantly wondering what crazy scenario Laybourne will throw at these kids next.

The characters were okay. They all were dealing with their own issues in their own way. I didn’t form an intense connection with any of them but they were each interesting in their own way. One of my favorite characters was Jake. To me, he changes the most throughout the book. He starts off as the leader but as the book progresses Jake begins to unravel. Another character I enjoyed was Sophie. Her progression is the exact opposite of Jake’s.  Sophie starts off in complete shock but in the end she emerges as somewhat of a leader. The kids love her and she takes care of them. I loved all of the kids, even the annoying ones were cute and adorable.

The only real issue I had with the characters was with Dean & Astrid. I didn’t care for Astrid at all. I couldn’t understand why Dean was so into her. She wasn’t extremely nice or strong. The only good quality I really got about her was that she was beautiful.

My favorite thing about this book though is the story itself. From almost the first page you are sucked in and committed to the story. What’s going to happen? How will they survive? Will they survive? I loved the fact that they were stuck in a superstore. I know that if something like this ever happens to me I’m headed straight to Wal-Mart or Target (whichever is closest).

Monument 14 is fast paced read that once you pick it up you’ll be unable to put it down. Laybourne’s ability to create a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, while portraying both the best of humanity and the worst of humanity, makes Monument 14 a book that anyone should enjoy!

Grade: A-

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