Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Title:Monument 14
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Published: June 5, 2012
Pages: 294
Rating: 2 out of 5

Goodreads synopsis: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

Fate's thoughts: This book is a survival story with a small twist. In the first few chapters the main character, Dean is going through another normal day when suddenly chaos strikes. Him and other kids end up locked in a super mart with no adults or any knowledge of whats happening around them. From there the survival skills come out and they are forced to find ways to keep on living on their own.

This book began with a great start, but after that it all just went downhill. Even though i liked the beginning i still felt like we were under informed. It seemed that this book took place in a slightly futuristic world with minor differences, but we never really got background information. After the first few chapters i got a little bored. the author also had the need to keep on repeating information, this bothered me a little.The way the small kids acted was a bit unrealistic. The way they talked was real but what they did was very hard to believe. also the romance was a bit out there and not really in detail. One of the biggest things that bothered me was Dean's voice. At first i thought that i was reading the book from a girls POV, so when i found out it was a girl i was a little disappointed. Even after i got over that other things bothered me, like the fact that he was worried about a girl and meanwhile their world as they know it is ending around them. And finally what really got me off was the ending. i mean dean was totally taken advantage of. and i kind of felt that the ending was rushed. I now know that there is a sequel. Hopefully it is going to better than this one. overall this book was not for me. many other people might like it but it just didn't do it for me.

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