Monument 14

Monument 14

Book rating: 04 Hardback Monument 14

By (author) Emmy Laybourne

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 30mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312569033
  • ISBN 13: 9780312569037
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 112,717

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"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.

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EMMY LAYBOURNE is a novelist, teacher, and former character actress. Emmy's "Monument 14" trilogy has earned critical praise ("Frighteningly real riveting" - New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice) and has been nominated by readers to the YALSA Teens Top Ten in 2013 and 2014.Before her life as an author, Emmy performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1; and acted in the movies "Superstar," "The In-Laws," and "Nancy Drew," among others. Emmy lives outside New York City with her husband, two kids, and a flock of 8 nifty chickens. "

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By Moodyno1 20 Jun 2013 3

Favorite Quote: "Sometimes, when you'd least expect it, the grief would chop your legs out from under you."

I have mixed feelings about this book. There were a few things I liked it, and there were a few things I didn't like about it. This concluded in me rating this book a 3/5 stars.

One of the things I did like was the post-apocalyptic world were natural disasters were happening everywhere, resulting in the destruction of the world and the deaths of a lot of the population. The chemicals that are in the air affect people differently depending on their blood type, this was a very unique twist that I enjoyed. I do have to see this book reminded me off Gone by Michael Grant a little because of all the kids stuck together trying to survive but it was unique enough that it didn't bother me.

There was only two characters I really liked, Alex and Jake. The others such as the main character Dean, Brendan and some of the younger kids were okay but Astrid was my least favorite character, didn't like her at all. The reason I thought the characters were so-so was because I felt there wasn't much depth to them and not enough character development. This may change in future novels.

The plot was steady-paced though for much of the book I felt nothing really happened, except at the beginning and then nearer the end. Some sub-plots annoyed me like Dean's obsession with Astrid, that leads to him doing creepy things or Jake's change from being the leader to the druggie. Both were pointless and in fact I didn't like any of the romance that happened in the book.

Though this review sounds like a rant I did enjoy this book just not as much as I hoped. I'll possibly read the next installment if I feel like it. I still recommend this to people who like post-apocalyptic novels.

By Kimberly Roy 13 Sep 2012 4

This was such an intense read! When the book start appearing all over the interweb I was really hesitant to even consider reading it it but then NetGalley added it to to their catalogue I just had to request it and even though it took me a while to get to it I'm ultimately glad I did request it.

Emmy Laybourne created an intensely emotional read involving the most unexpected survivors if a a disaster such as the one the takes place in Monument 14 happened. Children taking a stand in a world or at least in a city that is no longer safe while still trying to maintain some sort of society what more could a reader ask for? Or, rather what more could THIS reader ask for? The answer: Not much.

I loved this book from page one where we meet out main character Dean and his first person point of view in which we will come to know all that goes on around him. I really liked Dean. For one he was just a regular kid going to school with his kid brother and going through the motions of regular high school life when his world changes in the blink of an eye and he is narrowly escaping death. The other was that he wasn't a perfect character. He had flaws and he behaved like a normal kid. He was scared and he didn't become all pretentious like so many characters seem to do in books like this.

In fact, Dean, Alex (his younger tech genius brother) and Niko were my favourite characters because they seemed so level even though things inside the store they were trapped in did get a little hairy sometimes. I really didn't care for any other characters and I'm pretty sure I would have sent them packing during the chemical spill that plagues the state after the disastrous tornado. The lot of them were very one dimensional and to me they were a little on the useless side though I do admit they added to the book in a few ways.

While I really enjoyed this survival tale there were somethings to be desired. The fact that the girls in the novel were rather high on themselves and the jocks were a bit uppity too. I mean the book had the classic high school stereotypes that just irk me. Perhaps it's because I'm only a couple years out of high school myself and I didn't experience the whole cliques thing that was very much apparent throughout this novel.

I will say though that there was a lot of action, drama and a lot of sad points and high points along with some points in the novel that were extreme WTF!? Moments but that's what makes a really good novel. Yes there were things that I didn't like but there were many more things about the story and Dean that made the book a thrilling and addictive way. I love survival stories and this one really is one of the better ones that I have read and I'm eagerly anticipating the next book in the series because of the cliffhanger ending where this one left off.

I highly recommend giving this book a go but if you're recommending this for a young adult please be advised there is minimal swearing and a couple of more adult themes in the book. However, if that's no problem for you what are you waiting for? Go get the book! I recommend this thrilling and sometimes chilling action packed read to YA lovers with a love for apocalyptic reads and survivalist themes.


* I received a free copy of this book from the published via NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not compensated in any way.

By Jessica B 19 Jun 2012 5

At the beginning, there wasn't much going on. The book starts off with some very graphic and disturbing disasters and I was worried that it was going to be overly realistic and not at all entertaining. That was thankfully not true. The point when I got to know all the characters was when I really started to fall in love with this book. There was such a colorful cast of characters that clashed together in fun ways. It made me laugh out loud even though there were truly terrifying things going on. Seriously. Like, the world is ending and I'm laughing me head off. I even read a few passages to my husband between laughs because he wanted to know what was so dang funny. But don't get me wrong - even though there are some very funny moments, there were also some very touching moments that really got to me, especially the ones with the little kids.

The plot took some turns and surprises that I really enjoyed. The realism was one of the very best parts of the book. Her attention to the details had me so invested in the story and made it hard for me to stop thinking about the book when I was done. She did an amazing job of balancing humor, fear, and empathy while making all of the characters amazingly realistic. I'm absolutely convinced that Max is in existence somewhere on this earth. The writing was so enjoyable. It was succinct, visual, fast-paced and a lot of fun to read. Grab this book. I flew right through it in a day. I absolutely couldn't put it down.

By Brenna Staats 13 Jun 2012 3

It sounds like working in the film industry really gives Emmy a different perspective to write from - and I think that comes through in her writing in Monument 14! If you're looking for that next action-packed, exciting summer read then this is one you'll want to check out!

Reasons to Read:

1.A story that draws you in from the first page:

The first thing I noticed while reading Monument 14 is that the story picks up during the first chapters; I had barely even started reading and I couldn't put it down! I thought the pacing was very well done for the length of the book, and it really doesn't slow down whatsoever- even while trapped in a superstore.

2.Excellent, evocative writing:

Similarly, Emmy's not only able to write exciting scenes but I thought she did a great job penning the story as a whole. The writing wasn't awkward and it was just descriptive enough to help you imagine the events as they were taking place. It seems like her background in film gave her a good idea of exciting writing, and how to keep a story moving along nicely.

3.A new sort of post-apocalyptic book:

There are a large number of post-apocalyptic books out now, and even more coming out in the next few months or so, but it was a pretty interesting idea to set a group of high school & elementary kids in a superstore; cut off from the rest of the world. It's a convenient setting for them, but one that works well for the book and really draws you in. With the way the book ended, I'm really curious to see how the sequel will follow the events which took place in Monument 14!

I did, however, have a few problems with the characters. I found them largely to be caricatures, and mostly lacked any real depth. I think the reason I felt them to be this way was because we didn't get any real sense of their motivations or reasons for acting the way they do, and especially for keeping the secrets they keep. I can understand that from the younger kids, but it's harder to look the other way in the case of the teens in the group. Some people are suspicious, some choose to isolate themselves, some act out and cause trouble. But we never find out WHY, and I wonder if part of th ereason for this is because there's just too many characters to follow.

But aside from that, I found Monument 14 to be a rather gripping read- definitely one that will be a quick read for a lot of readers this summer!

E-galley received from publisher via Net Galley.

By Sarah 05 Jun 2012 4

I can never get enough apocalyptic stories, when I saw this book on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it.

From page one the book grabbed my attention and held it. I liked the idea of being trapped in a superstore (honestly, who wouldn't want to be stuck in Wal-mart if something catastrophic happened? I know I would!).

I liked the different characters in the book.

What a great ending, I really want to know what happens in book 2!
Recommended for readers 15+.

Thank you to Feiwel & Friends and NetGalley for my e-galley!

Review quote

."..a real thriller..."--"Booklist"."..Laybourne's debut ably turns what could have been yet another postapocalyptic YA novel into a tense, claustrophobic, and fast-paced thriller."--"Publishers Weekly", starred."..intriguing beyond the survival elements..."--"Horn Book""" ."..readers will eagerly await the second volume." "--Kirkus"