Review: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

monument 14Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14 #1
Published by: Feiwel & Friends on June 5th 2012
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Pages: 294
Source: Purchased- Hardcover


My Rating: 5 stars2

all time favorite

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.

It seemed like just another regular day- get up, get dressed and head of to school. You wouldn’t stop to think that I could die today…

Now trapped inside a superstore with 13 other kids (5 high school, 2 eighth graders and 6 elementary kids), the next several days will be very chaotic. Dean didn’t think he would be fighting for his life and being trapped inside a superstore with a bunch of kids who just want their “mommy”.

favorite quotes

TERRIBLE synopsis.. Maybe because I’m so excited to write this review! I haven’t read a REALLY good book since Beautiful Disaster and before that Hallowed. I’m not kidding you when I tell you, I LOVEDDDDD this book! I finished it (in basically) 1 sitting. I think it took me maybe 5 hours maximum to read this. I’m DYING to read the next 2 books, like I need them in my life. Now.

Literally EVERYTHING about this book was PERFECTION. I’m not kidding you when I say, I LOVEDDD this book!

The characters, the world building, the plot, everything was spot on fantastic.

I would however recommend that your maybe at least 16 years old to read this? There’s a scene that gets a little graphic that probably wouldn’t be recommended for younger kids. But holy moly. I’m still in shock with how much I just loved this book!! Getting tired of me saying that?

The world has completely been destroyed by the WORST natural disasters striking the Earth (maybe just America) within the span of probably 12 hours. I was in shock when these disasters were going on. I think what surprised me was that all 14 of these kids did not completely loose their heads!!! Despite what was going on, they were able to function properly (when I say that I mostly mean the high school & 2 eighth graders) and completely calm down and entertain these 6 elementary school kids. I can’t describe my feelings for this book without completely going fangirl on you guys. I’m really trying hard to contain it all, but I’m having a VERY hard time.

Just now, this is basically a must-read. It’s super short, but SOOOO much happens in less than 300 pages.. You’ll be surprised!!! Not kidding!

favorite quotes

“He didn’t cry during the storm, he didn’t cry seeing me all beat up…–he started crying when we realized the Network was down.” — page 16


“There is something very wrong with being tied up with rope your own brother brings from the Sporting Goods section.” — page 59


“How do you make a tissue dance?”

“How?” Max said.

“You put a little boogie in it!”

Nothing. Not even a groan.– page 64


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