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Monument 14

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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 Monument 14, 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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 25mm | 300g
  • Square Fish
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1250027381
  • 9781250027382
  • 82,054

Review quote

...a combination survival and apocalyptic story. "VOYA" ...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" Concise, clear, and riveting. A cliff-hanger ending leaves readers devastated but breathlessly awaiting the sequel. A stellar addition to any collection. "School Library Journal""show more

About Emmy Laybourne

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.show more

Our customer reviews

Post-apocalyptic novels have been the ‘big thing’ in YA literature for a while. Generally speaking I quite enjoy the genre but with so many stories out there it is hard for something to stand out from the pack and that was Monument 14’s big problem. Despite having a good storyline, good characters and being written well this book just got lost in the never ending pool of other YA dystopias to me. It wasn’t interesting enough and it wasn’t different enough to make it stand out. Monument 14 is an easy read, it starts quickly and maintains pace all the way through. I found it enjoyable and it entertained me but I couldn’t help but want a little more. Hidden in the wings this book has some serious potential I liked the idea of teens being stuck in a shopping mall and having to look after children as the world crumbles around them. There was room for a hell of a lot of depth, there could have been sad moments, joyful moments and moving moments but that isn’t really where this book went, which in my opinion is a shame. If you are looking for an easy to read dystopia that is well written and easy to get into then this book is great. It has some great action, some funny bits, a hint of romance here and there and a narrator that is easy to like. Dean isn’t an action hero, he writes poetry and sucks at being social but he is adorable and I really loved his voice. Most of the other characters were also likeable but some of the things they did were a little unbelievable. Despite loving Dean I think this book might have been more interesting if we had heard from some more of the characters. I know it probably sounds like I hated this book but that is not true at all. I did enjoy it and thought Emmy Laybourne wrote some pretty amazing action scenes. I liked that this book was about a massive disaster not just the aftermath and I liked the disaster it is something that is plausible (I watch a lot of natural disaster documentaries.) Yes it could have been ‘more’ but as a quick and entertaining dystopia it was pretty good.show more
by Kate Phillips
Many thanks to the Publisher for my review copy, this is in exchange for an honest review. Wow! What an explosive book this is. Fast paced and exciting all the way through. The tension runs high and I just had to finish this book ASAP, just to see where it would end up. One of my top books of the year and it deserves a five star rating. I don't give five stars very often but this one merits it. The characters are great and are such a mixed bunch. You have to take a step back sometimes and realise really they are children, children who a thrown into such a horrible situation some adults would have struggled to cope with. Natural leaderships take place and you get the usual power struggle but I loved it. True character have flaws, well true to life ones do. And some of these flaws really show up in these bad bad circumstances. Throw in the chemical reactions some of the blood types have and it really hikes up the drama. I have to confess at the beginning of the book I did think one character was a girl, yeah I got fooled, but as the story unfolds I did have a lightbulb moment when I realised it was a boy. If you want a light easy book step away from Monument 14, this is not light, this is not easy. It is chaotic fast paced and will leave you a bit emotionally exhausted. Believe me you will enjoy the rollercoaster of a ride. I highly recommend this book and think that it does deserve all the praise I have lavished on it. It's awesome and please check it out! Overview: Amazing book. Top rated and will be one of my top books of the year.show more
by Jennifer Juckes
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