Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: Monument 14: Sky on Fire

Title: Monument 14: Sky on Fire
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Pages: 212
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Format: ARC
Rating: 3 Cows

Goodreads Description:

The world hasn't ended...yet.

In this sequel to MONUMENT 14, the group of survivors, originally trapped together in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, has split in two. Most of the kids are making a desperate run on their recently repaired school bus for the Denver airport where they hope to reunite with their parents, be evacuated to safety, and save their dying friend. 

But the world outside is dark and filled with dangerous chemicals that turn people into bloodthirsty monsters, and not all the kids were willing to get on the bus. Left behind in a sanctuary that has already been disturbed once, the remaining kids try to rebuild the community they lost. But when the issues are life and death, love and hate, who can you really trust?

MONUMENT 14 was one of the books I read last year that I really enjoyed and was looking forward to the sequel. However, like almost every sequel I have read in 2013, I was disappointed in MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE. 

First, let me start off by saying that SKY ON FIRE is incredibly short. I mean seriously, this book could almost be considered a novella at 212 pages. That being said it is an incredibly quick read. Blink, and you're done. 

I will say that  SKY ON FIRE is action packed, much like MONUMENT 14.  Unfortunately, when I looked back at everything that happened it's all a blur. There was absolutely nothing about the plot that really stood out to me. Don't get me wrong, a lot happens in this book. Maybe the problem was that too much happened in SKY ON FIRE. 

As far as characters go, I still disliked Astrid. I didn't understand Dean's attraction to her at all and was completely over all of his thoughts about her. However, I did enjoy Alex's POV. His story was much more interesting and I found that his chapters were much more memorable. 

One thing that really bothered me about this book was that it was too unrealistic. Yes, I realize this is a fictional story but still I would like something mildly realistic. In my opinion, this is Laybourne's strategy for writing this book. 

Step One: What's the worst thing that can happened to my characters?
Step Two: What's the best case scanerio for getting them out of this situation?
Step Three: Repeat. 

And that pretty much sums up how the novel was written. 

My final verdict on this book: I'm glad I read it. I feel like it was worth the couple of hours it took to read it and I was happy with the ending. And while it didn't evoke any real emotions for me, it was still entertaining, even if it was unrealistic. 



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