Review * Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

August 16, 2012 Reviews 14 ★★★★★

Review * Monument 14 by Emmy LaybourneMonument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14 #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on June 5, 2012
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Pages: 294
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Sky on Fire
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our 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.

What I Thought…

  • Remember the movie Where the Heart Is with Natalie Portman?  Her POS boyfriend leaves her at Wal-Mart so she ends up “living” there for a bit until she has the baby.  I always thought that would be fun.  But not under these circumstances.
  • I enjoyed Monument 14 more than I thought I would.  I figured I would like it, but I loved it!
  • The few natural disasters that occur are only near the beginning, but that was ok because the chemical weapons spill was a much more exciting element.  (Though it does bring to mind a question about the chemical weapon in the book: Is this really possible?  If it is, please don’t tell me, I’m perfectly happy living in ignorant bliss.)
  • Emmy Laybourne gets props for having a map of the Greenway store.  I love maps in books, and just because it’s just a store doesn’t make the map any less cool.
  • The kids face inside challenges and outside challenges.  The outside ones were creepy.  The kind you would find in a horror movie (it’s not scary, it’s just those kind of people).  There are several inside challenges but the biggest one of course is “Who’s in charge?” which at times felt like a popularity contest.  My favorite parts were the “societal” breakdowns they were facing, and how they overcame them.
  • Hooray for a male POV! I really liked Dean.  He was fairly “normal” and can be sarcastic and witty at times.  I feel like I’ve read quite a few good male POV books this year and Monument 14 is no exception.
  • I enjoyed all the secondary characters, even the kids (who do cute kid things) but my favorite was Niko.  Alex was a close second.  They were probably the best decision makers in the group and knew how to get things done.
  • The girls however mostly drove me crazy.  It wasn’t enough to not like the book, but I couldn’t see myself being BFF’s with any of them.
  • For some reason I was under the impression that this was a standalone.  I was reading along, and there was all this stuff happening and then I realize that I only have like 15 pages left and there was just no way that it could be wrapped up that fast without being really lame (thankfully that did not happen).  It ends in a good place, but you are definitely left with a million unanswered questions.


14 Responses to “Review * Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne”

  1. fakesteph

    I totally thought this was a standalone, too, so thanks for pointing that out. I’m glad you enjoyed that even though the girls drove you nuts. Also, I had so much fun with you and Kate last night. Happy birthday again! Can’t wait for next weekend.

  2. Jenny

    I’ve heard good things about this one. I didn’t know about the make POV, though. Yay! I really hate when I’m reading a book and realize 10 pages away from the end that it’s not going to be a stand alone.

  3. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    Sold! Honestly, the title of the book put me off it (I know, terribly shallow of me), but your review has CHANGED MY MIND. Don’t know when I’ll get to it, but at least now I want to!

  4. Beckie

    I have only heard of this book in passing as such, i have never given much time or thought to it….UNTIL NOW! After reading the blurb and taking it in, i was thinking wow wanna read this but then after readin your awesome review! Bullpoints are a great idea, never thought of setting it out like that. The review has def made me add it to my tbr, i thnk i would love it :) xx thans for sharing x

  5. Christina

    The varying ratings on this one throughout the blogosphere seriously entertain me. I really enjoyed reading it, but not quite so much as you did. :)

    I also liked Dean as a narrator, but a lot of people didn’t, mostly because he watched the couple have sex and they thought it was creepy. It’s human nature to want to watch that (even when you really don’t want to) just like we all crane our necks at car crashes.

  6. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I’m so glad you loved this one because it sounds TOTALLY like my kind of book! So much so that I bought it recently, and I seriously can’t wait to read it! Although I have several books to read first, so unfortunately it’ll have to wait a bit longer.

    And I LOVE maps! Maps make books SO MUCH BETTER. (Not sure what’s with the all caps today…)

    Great review, and I’ll definitely be emailing you when I read this one! :D