Review * Sky on Fire (Monument 14) by Emmy Laybourne

May 13, 2013 Reviews 4 ★★

Review * Sky on Fire (Monument 14) by Emmy LaybourneSky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14 #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 28, 2013
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 212
Format: Paperback
Also in this series: Monument 14
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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?


This is the second book in a series, there is one spoiler for the first book in the second paragraph, because there is no way to avoid it.

What I Thought…

I enjoyed Sky on Fire, but not as much as the first one. Sky on Fire has a much darker tone than Monument 14. I’m ok with that, it just took me by surprise. There are quite a few unpleasant moments in Sky on Fire. It’s not really graphic, but descriptive enough to make my skin crawl a bit. There is also a scene in the first book that is similarly repeated, not once, but twice in Sky on Fire and I could have done without that.

There are quite a few characters to keep track of, but it’s a bit easier in Sky on Fire because they are split into two groups, those that stayed behind and those on the bus. Dean was still my favorite. Even though he did some crazy things he showed remorse for his actions, even though he wasn’t necessarily in control of himself at the time. Astrid changed for the better in Sky on Fire, but still maintained her awesome level of sneakiness. There are a couple of new characters introduced, and it should come as no surprise that most of them are bad.

Dean, Astrid and the kids that stayed in the Greenway have to deal with people trying to get in while Alex, Niko and the rest of the kids took the bus out to save Brayden. The kids that left had it way worse. You wouldn’t think so but the outside was crazy for real. I’m messed up enough to say that I liked the crazy on the outside better than the crazy on the inside.

I had two problems with the ending. For one there’s a bit of a happy ever after moment that weirded me out. The second was that the ending did not make me crave the third book. In fact if you would have taken out the last couple of paragraphs the series could have ended right there and I would have been completely happy. Sky on Fire also felt a bit rushed, I wish it was a bit meatier, but if you’re looking for a quick read Sky on Fire is a good choice.



4 Responses to “Review * Sky on Fire (Monument 14) by Emmy Laybourne”

  1. fakesteph

    I skimmed, because I haven’t read the first book, but I’m sorry you didn’t love the end. I do like apocalyptic. I should read more of it. The problem is that I tend to like EVERYTHING.
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  2. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    Darn! I’m sad that you didn’t love this one as much as Monument 14! I am glad that they show both the POV from the people on the bus and the POV from the people still in the store, because even though I know crazier stuff will happen on the outside, I still want to know what happens with the ones who stay behind! And that sucks that the ending didn’t leave you craving the third book. Hmm, maybe it’s just got the sophomore slump or whatever? I hope so, because I know we both loved Monument 14… Great review!
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