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Monument Sky on Fire (Monument 14 Series) By Emmy Laybourne PDF, Epub, Mobi Download. Download book. Monument Sky on Fire (Monument Monument 14 book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Your mother hollers that you're going to miss the bus. She can see i. Fourteen kids stranded inside a superstore. Inside they have everything they Quatrième de couverture. Monument 14 ebook (ePub). €. Protection: Drm .
Megatsunamis, people, think about the poor neglected megatsunamis. While I was interested in the life in the Greenway Superstore and the kid's self-government there, and recovery is a necessary part of any survival tale, I wanted more on what had forced them into the store and kept them there so long. With the chemicals affecting people with O-type blood with bloodlust and loss of all reason, this should have been a much more suspenseful and creepy tale.
Three of the kids in the store have just that type and Hulk out into murder machines if exposed, but beyond one slight threat, the O -ffected heh, puns don't really factor into the novel at large. There's a teen offed in the first ten pages but the rest of the novel doesn't live up to that level of death - which as macabre as this sounds, I was disappointed by. In tragedies, people die. In cataclysms and natural disasters like on this scale, even some of the initial survivors would die.
While the kids sadly don't devolve to Lord of the Flies status there's only one real fight and it's pretty one-sided and deserved , I had hoped for a more cutthroat approach to the 'after' part of this. The ending does redeem Monument 14 a bit because it went an entirely different direction than the previous pages had seemingly lead to. The surprise alone helped his pull a higher rating that the one I had preemptively assigned to it.
I actually liked the bait-and-switch and think it will lead to a hopefully better, less romantically-inclined sequel. With all that said, the best line of the book: View all 7 comments.
If you want to read about surviving a cataclysmic disaster — Ashfall does it better. If you want to read about people turning mysteriously and insanely violent — Dark Inside does it better.
If you want to read about a disparate group of kids holed up Breakfast Club style— This is Not a Test does it better. Was it to be a gripping and intense survival story? A nightmarish portrayal of government experimentation gone wrong and let loose on th If you want to read about surviving a cataclysmic disaster — Ashfall does it better.
A nightmarish portrayal of government experimentation gone wrong and let loose on the unsuspecting population? A Lord of the Flies style examination of human nature and the conflict between individuality and the common good? Because Monument 14 does none of things exceptionally well, let alone successfully combine all three. This is baffling because while the novel contains many of the necessary elements for a suspenseful, high-stakes plot, the result falls flat.
After a brisk start, the story becomes tedious and trivial. Monument 14 is related by Dean, unofficial scribe of the group, who begins to record events in a notebook considered quaint in the undisclosed future the story is set in. The writing itself is straightforward and concise.
The opening chapters of the novel adequately capture the shock and fear of the group in the aftermath of the mega-tsunami, as they begin to discover that the violent hail storm is the least of their worries. From there, however, things descend into petty power struggles, boredom and ransacking of the store shelves, which is far less interesting than it should be.
Former boy-scout Niko tries to maintain order, Brayden and Jake get drunk and high, Josie becomes a surrogate mother to the smaller children, Dean lusts after Astrid from afar. They try to deal with the issues of dwindling electricity, head lice and avoiding the contaminated air.
These are all issues that might reasonably be faced by a group of teens and children in such a situation, but there was no real sense of urgency or threat. The reasons for staying inside homicidal maniacs, unstable conditions, unleashed chemical?
Still, I might have enjoyed this book more had it not been for the manner in which Laybourne chose to instigate the climax. Of all the ways events could have been set in motion, why that one? This is a disaster situation. There are crazy, violent people outside. Why trigger things with view spoiler [ an attempted rape? Frankly, it was unnecessary and very poorly handled. Tossing in a sexual assault to progress the plot is not okay. So much of the potential went to waste here, and I do believe there was potential.
View all 3 comments. Mar 18, Jo rated it it was ok Shelves: Living in Walmart? Bad things happening to them? And oh my goodness, YES. But, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially disappointed and sad. I thought this book was going to be how I imagine what would happen if The Breakfast Club found that they had survived an apocalypse [something I imagine more than I am willing to admit.
Fan fiction is in right now, yes?
Because, come on, how awesome would Molly Ringwald be in a disaster situation? But no. There was no Molly Ringwald. There was no peril. There were no megastunamis. There was no president who was deciding who should go into the underground bunkers. We got some kids running around doing not much and moaning about it. And then an ending where everything in the entire world happens in the space of about three pages.
What is your reasoning for doing that apart from the fact there is going to be a sequel?! Also, there were still no megatsunamis. Because if it had been all completely awful I would have just gotten over it and struck Ms Laybourne off my list of writers that I like to read but there were great moments in this that if they had just been expanded this book would have been excellent.
Also, those little kids are the cutest kids in the entire world. So sweet. I bet she had adventures…and megatsunamis. I received a copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley. You can read this review and lots of other exciting things on Wear the Old Coat. View all 11 comments. Getting me to read one without whining too hard is no small feat, my friends.
But even though Monument 14 has been getting some very mixed reviews, I felt weirdly drawn to it from the start and surprisingly enough, ended up enjoying it. None of it is too hard to imagine: Really, this could all happen tomorrow! Who could have predicted that they wouldn't be going to school at all, but that they would end up in a superstore with twelve other terrified kids and with raging weather outside.
In such claustrophobic environment, characters become extremely important. Characters, on the other hand, showed how great a writer she is, despite this being her debut. She did more than just flesh out Dean and Alex, she breathed life into all 14 of her characters equally.
Each name came with a complete person with opinions, backgrounds, traumas, and more importantly, coping mechanisms. Each of these kids reacts differently and Laybourne is an excellent psychologists. Everything her characters did made perfect sense in those circumstances, and she showed rather excellently how people deal with grief and fear in so many different ways.
Some kids fight to be in charge and organize the others to increase their chances of survival, while the others raid the pharmacy for prescription drugs. Some even attempt to do both. Adding the smaller kids into the mix was a risky, but extremely smart move. It was them, or the need to take care of them, that kept the older ones from losing it. For the most part, our Dean is no hero. He is not one of the popular kids, he is not smart like his younger brother, he has no talent for sports and his people skills need work.
His thoughts and comments were often unintentionally hilarious, which only made me like him even more. There was at least some closure, not an ending, but a new beginning, a change in the circumstances that promises a brilliant and thrilling sequel. View all 4 comments. Feb 14, Ben Alderson rated it it was amazing. I finished this book within less than 5 hours! Its a great read! Can not wait to read the next one: Nov 30, Anna Literary Exploration rated it it was amazing Shelves: Omggggggggggg what an ending!!!!!!!
More of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration Monument 14 is an epic story about survival among 14 teenagers trapped in what is essentially a giant Target. Somewhat reminiscent of Ashfall by Mike Mullin yet less violent Monument 14 examines the different roles people take in the midst of a natural disaster. I loved this story from start to finish, and I devoured it in one day. The most actions is definitely in the first 50 pages, as well as the last 50 pages, but every moment contained a tense situation that had me wondering how I would react.
Monument 14 is a roller coaster of emotions that will have you gripping the edge of your seat until the last page. While Dean isn't the most admirable character, he is definitely realistic. He's flawed, yes, but he learns to deal with his insecurities and make the tough decisions that are called.
He isn't your typical heroic male protagonist which I think is what made me fall so hard for him. I saw parts of myself inside of him. That person who longs for their crush from afar, lets jealousies get the better of them, and even succumbs to peer pressure.
That was Dean, as well as myself, and that's what really drew me to him. His brother Alex is also an amazing character; he's brilliant to the point where he manages to save them all on more than one occasion.
The story itself is fast paced and psychologically thrilling. While there isn't much action, the pyschological aspects really drew me in. I found myself wondering, "What role would I take on in this situation? Would I be the leader? The guy doing drugs in the sports section?
The mother? The different obstacles the kids have to face are insane, from crazy survivors to an infectious gas, it's all so surreal That's the most frightening thing about a book like this: It can happen in real life! Emmy Laybourne has created an frightening situation in which teenagers must pull out all of their survival skills as well as grow up fast. Their psychological well-being is tested, and some fold under the pressure while others rise to the occasion.
Monument 14 will have you flipping pages as fast as possible, because you'll need to know how it's going to end. Fans of post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and survival stories will love this one! View all 6 comments. Feb 04, Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing Shelves: Emmy Laybourne's Monument 14 blew me away.
I devoured this debut novel and, when I finished, I found myself in a satisfied stupor wondering where the past few hours had gone.
I sometimes have difficulty connecting to male main characters, so, when I opened Monument 14 and discovered that the narrator was one of the boys trapped in the superstore, I paused for a moment. I was entirely too interested in the premise to ever put down the novel, but I wondered if Dean would detract from my reading exp Emmy Laybourne's Monument 14 blew me away.
I was entirely too interested in the premise to ever put down the novel, but I wondered if Dean would detract from my reading experience I very much wanted to put myself in the position of the main character and I didn't know if I could make myself think like a teenage boy.
I can't guarantee that Dean's thinking and actions were entirely true to life, but he felt realistic enough to me that I never forgot the fact that he was a boy, but I could still understand his emotions and motivations.
In the end, I grew to like Dean a lot and I was happy that he, rather than one of the girls trapped in the superstore, was the narrator. One of the most interesting aspects of this novel was the presence of small children as well as teens.
I think having small children trapped as well added another dimension and sense of urgency to the situation. I found the differences between the reactions of each age group really put things into perspective It's already crazy that these teens are trapped and had to learn to trust one another and work together, but then to throw in small children that are alternately panicked or wanting to play and do something fun The giant hailstorm, the chemical weapons spill, the bus crashes, and the other events that lead to the fourteen kids being trapped inside the superstore all seemed carefully thought out and contained just enough detail to create a realistic picture within the reader's mind.
The entire novel felt very cinematic. I actually found myself matching characters from the novel to people I knew in real life. Each character felt so impossibly real that my mind needed a three-dimensional body to go along with the personality Laybourne created. Monument 14 has landed a spot on my Best of list. I'm already anxious for the next installment, as the novel ended on a cliffhanger I seriously get shivers just thinking about the intensity of the final scenes!
View all 8 comments. Apr 18, elena rated it really liked it Shelves: Aaah the post apocalyptic survival genre might be one of my favourite genres ever. Monument 14 is the first installment in a trilogy about 14 kids aged 5 to 18 who end up in a Greenway after a volcano eruption that caused a megatsunami.
Now, they have to come together in order to survive. Basically some very different people become friends and eventually family. I will never be tired of this trope. I really enjoyed Monument 14 and I will be reading the second book soon! May 26, Mrs.
S rated it really liked it Shelves: The voice! The pacing! The ending! I really enjoyed Monument 14 , and this is another one I think my students will get really into. It's a quick, engaging read about a group of kids and teenagers stuck inside some kind of superstore during a series of natural and chemical disasters.
I've seen some other reviewers who weren't so keen on the voice of the protagonist, Dean, but I thought it felt just right, The voice! I've seen some other reviewers who weren't so keen on the voice of the protagonist, Dean, but I thought it felt just right, age-wise. It was also frequently funny and even more frequently kind of heart-breaking, especially in a few key moments toward the end. I liked the inclusion of the little kids, who were a pretty accurate mix if my days of being a summer camp bus monitor are any indication, and I liked Dean's evolving feelings about them.
And the ending just sits up and begs for a sequel, which I'm sure is underway. If you're a fan of survival stories, or if you've ever dreamed of living in a Target superstore, check this out when it hits shelves on June 5th.
I received a free advance site copy of this book through NetGalley. View 1 comment. Mar 18, Tink Magoo is bad at reviews rated it really liked it Shelves: I thought it was pretty authentically written and believable. I'm not a teenage boy obviously, but I do own one of the creatures and Alex's thinking seemed age appropriate and pretty spot on to me. Set in the future there are a few differences - there's a fuel shortage for example so all students have to take the bus, all electronic devises are run off 'the grid' which is supposed to provide internet coverage no matter what.
A super volcano has erupted causing a rippling effect across the world with natural disasters ending life as we know it. Alex and a small group of children are saved from killer hail by a quick thinking bus lady who drives straight through the doors of the local supermarket points for the dream end of the world location. So the story unfolds. It's not a thrilling book, not a great deal happens, but it works. And you're left knowing the next book is going to be action packed.
View all 5 comments. Dec 21, Wendy Darling rated it liked it Shelves: I liked it, just not as much as I thought I would. Review to come. View all 25 comments. Apr 16, Kelly rated it it was ok Shelves: Great concept but not well-executed or developed.
Dean, his brother Alex, and 12 other kids ranging from elementary kids to high schoolers are stuck on their school bus when crazy hail begins falling from the sky.
They seek shelter at the local Greenway -- think Walmart -- and are essentially cut off from the world falling apart around them.
This is set in a future world, not ours today. The idea of a group of people being trapped inside a store is what hooked me. They're going to have to d 1.
They're going to have to depend on one another to survive. Except, by being in a store, they have every single convenience there for them. Got it. Utilities to cook? They have electricity here, for the most part. But no running water view spoiler [ which didn't work for me, especially given how it could have been a huge part of making the story stronger.
I also found reading about how they dealt with things like going to the bathroom bizarre despite their methods for bathing being pretty okay. Even when two men came inside, they didn't offer much threat. There was also the realization they could last weeks on the store's supplies. Oh, and they had no idea what was going on outside but were too scared to figure it out.
Which in the end, it turned out potentially nothing bad was going on outside? I'd like to say my assumption is wrong on this but because the book ends on the most uninteresting cliffhanger, I can't say I'll be compelled to figure it out by picking up book two.
Obviously, they wanted to leave and find their families but there was nothing stopping them from doing so except themselves. It didn't make an interesting story. They just That's boring to a reader. In addition to having no external threats in the book, there were too many characters, and they weren't compelling.
I did appreciate Dean and his brother Alex's relationship, but beyond that, there wasn't much in the way of character development. Dean fixates on a couple of the girls, but he doesn't advance on them. There's one scene, actually, where he does fixate on Astrid, and reading it reminded me of another book I read this year about kids trapped together in a building. We find out much later that Astrid is 4 months pregnant, which is why Jake leaves her before full-blown intercourse, but this development made no sense in the plot.
It wasn't even desperation sex or end-of-the-world sex. It was boring for everyone involved. There's an entire scene where the characters are taking baths in the kiddie pools and rather than don a bathing suit, Sahalia wears a white shirt and short shorts. Dean tells us about how she chooses to bathe: At this point, it's clearly Dean-speak and it's not inauthentic to him or to a teenage boy.
The problem emerges when he continues to describe her as a slut and when she's called out by another character as being too young, too dumb, and too attention-seeking. Not a biggie. Characters are allowed to be that way. Except -- later in the story, when the two adults have joined the kids, the characters walk in on her naked and beside one of the men.
The initial thought was, of course, she instigated something. That Robbie was the innocent man with whom she'd seduced. When it turns out that he, in fact, raped her, there's still a lot of questioning from Dean and the other characters.
The two female characters who got the most page time both were identified by their sexual proclivities hide spoiler ]. Additionally, there was no development of a future world at all. There was the catastrophe and the mundane detailing of life in the store, but never did this story feel like it was set in the future. What I needed to know was what was causing the world to collapse?
Traces of government conspiracy existed, but it was minimal. This is the first book in a series, and the ending isn't a conclusion. While that in and of itself isn't a problem, the fact the story doesn't set up external threats, under develops the world, and offers little in the way of compelling characters doesn't leave me interested enough to pick up book two. Other books have taken this sort of story line and done it so much better by offering characters who are fully developed and interesting, as well as well-written worlds.
Monument 14, however, settles is much more about the mundane details of life inside a big box store, which is boring. There's not an emotional investment on the part of the reader because there's not an emotional investment on the part of the characters.
If they're not going at this with their heart, I'm not going to, either. I think had this story cut out the unnecessary day-to-day stuff and instead focused on the story, there would be no need for additional books. Also, the blood-type disease issue could have been it -- the driving force and the threat -- but it's so overlooked and understated that it felt like it was tacked on, rather than an important plot element.
Pacing was inconsistent because of the focus on the mundane. The story sped up at the instance of change and of threat, but because those moments were few and far between, the pacing was otherwise slow. Not a standout book. View all 10 comments. A little bit like Lord of the Flies meets The Breakfast Club meets The Mist, Monument 14 is about a group of children holed up in a superstore after a freak hailstorm causes a chemical leak from the nearby weapons manufacturing site, leading to contamination of the whole town.
On the surface, this book seemed like it had a lot of potential. Books featuring kids in stressful, survival situations always seem more chilling a 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum: Books featuring kids in stressful, survival situations always seem more chilling and disturbing to me than books starring their adult counterparts. Children, after all, are the picture of ultimate innocence; in an ideal world we wish to protect them from all the troubles and anxieties of adulthood.
The kids in this book range from ages 5 to 17, all stranded passengers from a couple of school buses that were wrecked by the severe storm.
Astrid however is the girlfriend of Jake, the football jock. The roles are cast, and the stage is set for some serious teenage drama.
The younger kids actually proved more intriguing and to have more well-rounded personalities. While I loved the premise, another strike against this book is the whole reason why Dean and the other kids are trapped in the superstore. Victims with O-type blood will become mindless violent savages, while another type would break out in boils and blisters, while yet another type would experience no outward signs but may suffer infertility and reproductive difficulties, etc.
Leaving aside how such an absurd model of symptoms made me want to bash my head against the wall, the theory of the chemical disaster did not feel that well thought out. It felt like the author needed a reason to put the kids in this particular jam, and seized upon the first idea to come to mind without fleshing it out, giving it more logic or detail. Mar 10, Gertie rated it really liked it. Incomplete, but it is a trilogy after all. Easy reading, fun enough, we'll see if I remember what it's about after time passes.
Can't remember if the title was ever explained. I wanted to read more about Max because he was entertaining as hell and made me laugh a few times. View 2 comments.
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Mar 01, Juhina rated it it was amazing Shelves: That was my reaction at the end of the book. Throughout the whole book I was addicted, I could not put it down, kept on reading and reading and I guess I blame my new fascination in survival novels. Put a bunch of characters in an enclosed area and let them try to survive and you've got a very happy reader me. However Monument 14 just didn't lose its momentum! It kept on going and the addition of little kids into the mix was just pure genius.
I found the chara WOW. I found the characters in Monument 14 much more likable, even though some were plain old jerks, however they all at some point banded together because in they end they all want to live. Also, the addition of the little kids gave them more responsibility and they upped they carefulness and just dimmed on their selfishness.
I did have one or two characters that I just did not like, including one of the 13 year olds and a typical senior jock. What I love in survival books is how the survival instincts of the characters kick in, and their race against time, limited resources, and basically staying sane in order to survive begins.
In Monument 14, you experience all of that through the characters, and even though its told from a male POV, and I'm not fond of them, I actually felt connected to him, except for his a little too desperate one sided crush on one of the other characters.
I really enjoyed Emmy's writing, the sequencing of the plot, and how she stuck to logic throughout the books, and trust me while this might seem as an obvious thing, a lot of authors derail from it towards the end of the book. I must say, I loved the chemical spill and how different blood types react differently to it, my only question is, how can they not know their blood types?
Emmy adds in the fight for survival, natural disasters, but doesn't forget the emotional side of the story, and I loved how the little kids were taken care of, how the kids grew attached to some characters, and it broke my heart to know they don't have their parents at such a young age and very crucial time.
Also there is some romance thrown between some of the characters, I honestly had mixed feelings about the romances in the book but since they don't take up a big part of the book, I didn't give much thought to it.
However, we reach the end of the book and then there becomes a HUGE point to the romance, because that ending? All in all, Monument 14 was such a thrilling novel, and I did not even know it was part of a series until I started writing my review so I am a bit giddy about that, since the ending was a bit unsatisfactory and open ended, but knowing there is a sequel?
This is one of those books that I couldn't stop reading and thought about it while I was working, wishing I could take time off work to read.
As soon as I finished the last page, I promptly bought the 2nd book so I wouldn't miss a thing. What a pleasant surprise! There's something about realistic apocalyptic stories that draw me like a moth to a flame.
This book is set in a super store where 14 kids hide out from a very scary apocalyptic world. I ended up downloading one book after another and binge r This is one of those books that I couldn't stop reading and thought about it while I was working, wishing I could take time off work to read. I ended up downloading one book after another and binge read the series! Thank you Emmy Laybourne for giving me back my obsessiveness of reading these past 3 days!! Mar 03, Jennifer rated it really liked it.
I loved that this is exciting right from the start. Dean is on his way to school like any other day when all of a sudden a giant hail storm hits causing his school bus to roll and crash. The bus driver of the younger kids, including his brother, picks them up and then drives them right into the Greenway superstore, saving their lives. The bus driver, the only adult, takes off to walk to the hospital to get help and never returns.
This very diverse group of 14 kids of all ages and backgrounds must I loved that this is exciting right from the start. This very diverse group of 14 kids of all ages and backgrounds must decide what to do and how to survive. The psychology major in me loves these type of books with a group survival dynamic.
It is interesting to think what a random group of almost strangers of all ages will do. There was a lot of chaos, arguing, and clashing.
The small kids cry and want to go home, the older jock guys just raid the pharmacy, do drugs, drink, and play foosball, the boy scout wants to clean and come up with a plan, one girl is in shock and not speaking after seeing her friend die, there is the little boy who wants to pray all the time, another boy who didn't speak much English, another kid that had some pretty crazy stories, a young girl that wanted all the male attention, and Dean's super intelligent brother figures out the electronic equipment to see what is going on outside.
The world suffered the worst natural disaster in recorded history, the book takes place in The biggest tsunami in recorded history struck which also caused a breach of chemical-weapons storage units and the chemicals cause all different blood types to react differently. Some go crazy and violent, some hallucinate, some blister, and some are fine except for going sterile. The chemicals will be in the air for months. The chemical part was a little outlandish for me but I think the purpose was for them to basically be stuck with no way of knowing if their parents are okay or what they should do but to stay put to avoid the air outside.
As expected, everyone has different ideas of what should be done. Dividing up jobs is difficult and Dean ends up as the cook. Luckily they ended up in a giant superstore so they have plenty of food, sleeping bags, medical supplies, clothes, water, and other necessities such as candy to bribe the younger kids.
It really sucks they got stuck taking care of them. I wouldn't be able to handle not only dealing with my own problems but also taking care of little kids as well.
Dean is a nice guy and known as a bit of a skinny loser. The other guys pick on him and are big jerks. They just want to get high all day but the little kids love him. Dean pines for Astrid, the girl he has been in love with forever, but she is into a different guy. I felt bad for Dean for a large part of the story but he really holds it together and helps everyone.
I felt like the situations were explained realistically even though there were some yucky details such as a lice outbreak, no showers, and a toilet problem but I was happy they were dealing with serious issues. Nothing was glossed over. The ending is left very open on a bit of a cliffhanger. Monument 14 kind of fell in the middle, there were parts which were riveting and had me on tenterhooks and there were others which felt a little flat.
Monument 14 starts off with a bang. Wooly the elementary middle school driver that helps them out and helps them hide out in a store. When Mrs. Wooly goes to search for help, the 14 kids are left in charge. There were always dangers lurking outside who were finding a safe place to stay, but who could they trust? Could they ever trust each other? The kids were left with a lot of responsibility, they had some really young children to look after, keep them occupied and give them the necessary attention whenever they were distraught.
Niko surprised me with his level headedness; he was calm, collected and always wary of anyone joining their group. I liked the stability and routine he tried to achieve amongst the group. But I really felt sorry for him when he had no-one at first and was just left at the side with everyone clambering at the popular lads Brayden and Jake.
But the secondary characters definitely made up for it. I enjoyed getting stories from Max, Henry and Caroline, but definitely would have liked to get more of their back stories. My feelings about Monument 14 are kind of hot and cold, I did find a lot of the time some scenes were really drawn out and my attention wavered quite a bit. But then we had some great pacier scenes with the risk of danger that I found myself zipping through in a frenzy.
Monument 14 was a great start to a series, but I wish that it had left more of a lasting impression with me. Apr 14, Colleen Houck added it Shelves: What a frightening thought to be a kid trapped in a store as the world crumbles around you. At least there is food and water and sleeping bags. And with half the kids being elementary school age, it made the story have a much scarier feel.
Jul 05, TheBookSmugglers rated it it was ok. Dean hears his mother calling out that his bus has arrived to take him to school, and he rushes out the door to make sure he gets on in time. The bus ride is uneventful until impossible large hailstones start falling from the sky, destroying hapless cars and causing the bus to crash in a spectacular wreck. Luckily for Dean and his fellow bus-riding high schoolers, they're picked up and saved by the elementary and middle scho Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers The day begins like any other.
Left to fend for themselves while the only surviving adult, the bus driving teacher Mrs. Wooly, goes to find medical help for the battered students, the group awaits for the authorities and their parents in the store. Wooly doesn't return, however, things start to get ugly. The Network think internet is inexplicably, impossibly down. The group - an assortment of six high schoolers, two eighth graders, and six children - is finally able to catch a television signal that explains how a massive volcanic eruption triggered a tsunami that wiped out the east coast of the United States.
Further environmental catastrophe soon followed - including the terrifying hailstorm and supercell storms stretching from the kids' location in the Colorado Rockies down to the Southwestern US. While the kids try to soak up this information and figure out their next move, a massive, unprecedented earthquake hits Colorado - and shortly after, the kids hear the most terrifying news to date. Panicked and terrified, the children sequester themselves to the store, sealing off exposure to the contaminated air outside.
And within the confines of the superstore, they wait. They fight. They struggle to survive. Monument Where do I begin?
Let's start with the good: Emmy Laybourne's debut novel is an undeniable page-turner. I love the underlying cause of the apocalypse in this novel - which, unlike most contemporary apocalyptic books, does not directly blame the demise of the planet on human action.
Instead, Monument 14 is frighteningly plausible. The book is written competently, narrated in the first person by the bookish junior Dean, who is refreshingly neither a hero nor a planner, neither a jock nor a genius.
Dean is, simply, Dean - fallible, flawed, but ultimately a relatable character. I also enjoyed seeing how the kids within Greenway organize themselves, figure out how to ration power and resources, how to delegate tasks, and the struggles they face both internally and externally, amongst themselves, and later amongst outsiders. Allow me to elucidate where these three characters are concerned: Astrid - is the first main female character we meet in Monument Our narrator carries a huge, burning torch for Astrid, who is as her not-so-unique name would suggest blonde, athletic, beautiful, and generally kickass as a camp counselor and potential leader for the kids.
She also is romantically involved with Jake, the dumb asshole jock of course there is one of these. At one point in the book, she is exposed to and affected by the chemical compounds and reacts violently as a side effect of her type O blood and she nearly strangles a kid to death.
At this point, Astrid decides to completely withdraw from the other kids in the book and lives in hiding, sequestered from the others in the store, and she refuses to come out or be a part of the group. BUT, she does come out occasionally to talk - and at one point to sleep with - Jake, in secret.
There's a particularly creepy scene where Dean vouyeristically watches the hookup in progress. Josie - is initially in shock for the first half of the novel while Astrid is being our Strong Female Counterpoint , but when Astrid disappears, she awakens from her coma of shock and starts being Mother to all the kids.
This is not exaggeration - at one point, our narrator compares the two girls saying that Astrid is a kickass camp counselor, while Josie is a sixteen year old middle aged mom.
THIS is Josie's archetype. She is the one that sings songs and tells stories to the children; she is also the one that suggests the group have a ceremony for the dead, and hold elections to stop the boys from fighting. Sahalia - is thirteen years old and her archetype is "Lolita Wannabe" - or, in the less generous thoughts of our narrator, she's objectified and reduced to being "hot" and a girl that dresses provocatively and throws herself at older men.
Resentful of being lumped in with the elementary school kids because she's in 8th grade , Sahalia becomes increasingly provocative over the course of the novel - at one point when the kids are washing eachothers' hair because they have lice, she shows up in booty shorts and a white tshirt with no bra, and puts on a wet tee show for the sixteen-eighteen year old boys.
This is addressed in the book by the narrator who is turned on but looks away - the other boys of course don't , and by Josie who thinks Sahalia is acting like a child trying to get attention which is true. Later in the book, Sahalia dresses up in the revealing halloween outfits over lingerie, and tries to get the older boys interested in her again Josie, ever the mother, breaks it up.
Cut to a few chapters later when she is discovered in his sleeping bag, crying in a thong. At the end of the book? So we have the grand tally of female characters: The Good Mothering character is the only one that gets away and a chance at rescue you know, because she's the chaste one that acts like the mother to the children and is the only one that doesn't put out or god forbid ask for it in this book. I know that the manner in which I'm framing these different characters is very dramatic and overt - in reality, the way these characters are presented in the book is far more It's a testament to Ms.
Laybourne's skill that I was able to read the full book cover to cover and want to know what happens to these characters at first blush. But then, I started to really think about the subtext of the novel and what kind of message is being conveyed, particularly where these characters are concerned.
Needless to say, the subtext is incredibly disturbing. Compounding these problems of character are some other problematic overtones: Everyone is Christian and believes in the same God. These aren't bad things, or even unbelievable things - but the subtext, combined with the portrayal of female characters, exacerbates an already iffy context. For me, I had a visceral negative reaction to the subtextual message offered by Monument I might stick around to see how the next book plays out, since this novel ends on something of a cliffhanger with no resolution, and I did appreciate the chilling novelty of the chemical agent affecting different people in different ways based on blood type.
But ultimately, can I recommend this book? I certainly encourage others to read it and form their own opinions - I'd be interested to hear what you think, if you've read the book - but, unfortunately, Monument 14 did not do it for me.
September of the year Where? Monument, Colorado Monument 14 opens up to two brothers making way to their respective buses to get to school. Dean, our narrator, is a high school student.
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Alex, his younger brother, is in 8th grade which means he takes the bus for the grades K Dean is observing the daily commotion that is the high school bus when, all of a sudden, hail of all shapes and sizes begins to pummel the bus.
The driver loses control and the bus flips. The students then begin to panic; some are injured, some dead, and others just in shock. While hiding beneath a seat, Dean notices that his brother's bus driver, Mrs. Wooly, has driven the K-8 bus right through the glass doors of the neighborhood Greenway store basically it's a super Wal-Mart to get the children out of harm's way.
Wooly then brings the empty bus back out to help the students trapped in his own bus. Once everyone is inside Greenway, Mrs. Wooly makes the decision to leave the store in search of help for a girl with a head injury.
The hospital is nearby, so her plan is to walk there. After insisting that everyone else stay safely behind, she departs on her own. Now, only 14 remain. Kids and teens ranging in age from Soon after Mrs. Wooly leaves, the group learns of a chemical compound that has been released into the air. It's deadly effects vary depending on blood type. It's the disaster to end all disasters. One of the things I was unhappy about was the fact that there were all these amazing, scary natural disasters going on outside and we barely got to experience any of it.
Volcano blasts, earthquakes, tsunamis, extreme weather, etc. We get but a small glimpse of it in this book. While I think the idea of a group of kids being trapped in the store is really neat and it was done well, I would have liked for us to experience the outside, in some way, more than we did.
That is the main peeve I had with this book. Another issue was the chemical compound. Again, same thing. But outside the world is being ripped apart by violent storms and chemicals leaking into the atmosphere that, depending on blood type, leave victims paranoid, violent or dead.
The kids must remain inside, forced to create their own community, unsure if they'll ever be able to leave. Can they stop the world they've created inside from self-destructing too? Browse more videos. Playing next 5: Monuments Show Solidarity in French Colors. Pakistan Military Prade at monument of Islambad. Quake footage shows monument topple onto busy roundabout. Le Point. Une commande rare: Europe 1. Media Collection. Mister Buzz.
Liquid Monuments: Michel Drucker?We are lit up together. Astrid, keep the little kids out of the way. Its a large area, covered with spreading shade trees, grass, park benches, wide paths, fountains, cafes, stalls with snacks and cold drinks. Under them she was wearing very little. Dean was on the bus on his way to school when it started. I found myself wondering, "What role would I take on in this situation? September of the year Where?
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