Sky on Fire

Sky on Fire

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Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope. Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . . Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety. But the outside world is even worse than they expected. . . . Monument 14: Sky on Fire is the second installment Emmy Laybourne's thrilling more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 217 pages
  • 150 x 217 x 24mm | 320g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0312569041
  • 9780312569044
  • 222,401

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A nifty plot that provides unexpected moments of chaos. "The Horn Book" Pretty darn breathless. "Booklist" The well-paced plot leads to an ending that provides just enough closure to satisfy and a clear opening for a third book. Libraries that own the original need the sequel. Those without it should consider purchasing both titles. "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 more

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8,484 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 36% (3,089)
4 39% (3,277)
3 20% (1,718)
2 4% (328)
1 1% (72)

Our customer reviews

Sky on Fire was definitely more intense than the first book in this series and there was a lot less humor. I mean, there was plenty of snark and bitterness coming from Alex that was kind of funny, but for the most part it was one non-stop nail-biter. It felt like I was really living through the end of the world because of the little practical details like how they could eat with gas masks on, how they would deal with the chemicals in the air etc. And as I'm living this experience with the characters, I'm crossing my fingers that the worst won't happen. But of course it does like something from your nightmares. The writing felt like reading a movie script (which I think really worked for this story). The plot is driven a lot by the dialogue of the characters. I love the characters. They have very distinct personalities that makes this story all the more chilling because I really care about all of them - even that bratty girl. Part of what makes this book truly terrifying for me was the fact that the end of the world is being shown through the eyes of kids. Max (who is one of my favorite characters) is a young boy who brings toy cars with him on the road to probable death and is playing with them and making car noises. Like my boys do daily. That little detail brought the story very close to home for me. Don't cry, don't cry. The one thing that didn't work for me was Josie's story line. I found it to be too out-of-tune with the world that the author created for me to believe it. What happens to Josie just felt a little too convenient. It's not a major part of the story line, so it didn't bother me too much. The ending felt strange to me. The story felt like it could be finished after this book. There's really only one storyline left open and I wonder if it's enough to keep the whole next book going. I'm stil going to read the next one because I'm curious what could happen next. If anyone can pull it off, it's Emmy! Overall, this was a book that I couldn't put down ( I read it in one day). It was intense and chilling with characters that I more
by Jessica B
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