Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14 #2
Published by: Feiwel & Friends on May 28th 2013
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Pages: 212 (Hardcover)
Source: Giveaway from MacTeenBooks
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. . .
I have been extremely excited to continue on with this trilogy. I read Monument 14 not too long ago (I think May) and absolutely loved every page! It immediately draws you in and there is so much stuff that happens, it’s almost freaky how short these books are that soo much could happen in these 2 books!
The second book starts off on Day 12, yes. Day 12. The first book is the first 11 I believe. Just imagine, within 11 days any natural disaster you can think of strikes Earth within a 24/48 hour time period. The chemicals are filling the air and are affecting people by blood type causing different reactions. So basically, that means don’t go outside. You will literally go crazy. These 14 kids aging from 5 to teenagers are trapped in this superstore with no guardians. There are at least 6 younger kids and it’s not all that easy. All they want is their mom’s and dad’s. It’s very difficult to keep these children occupied when the electricity isn’t really working anymore. Yes, they are trapped in a superstore filled with toys and everything, but it only lasts so long. They can’t survive in this store like this for the rest of their lives. They have to find a way out without killing each other or getting killed.
This book is action packed and I couldn’t put the book down. I love all these characters! Monument 14 is written only in Dean’s point of view (one of the 14 kids trapped), but Sky on Fire alternates between Dean and Alex (another of the 14). It was nice getting to have another perspective (for reasons I will not explain because it will spoil what happens), but we got to experience more of what was going on with both of these characters.
I love Emmy’s writing style, she makes it seem so real and so easy to imagine exactly what was going on. There is absolutely no difficult with world building or character development because both are spot on! Seriously a fantastic sequel and beyond excited to see how this all wraps up!
“What’s wrong, Astrid?” Henry said. “Are you sad? Don’t cry.”
He came over to us, pushed me aside, and wriggled onto her lap, wrapping his skinny, freckled arms around her neck.
“Yeah,” Chloe added. “Quit crying.” She emptied a Lego bin onto the floor. “We’ve got a Lego wall to do and it’s not going to build itself.” — page 43
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