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.
200words (or less) review: I’m not quite sure where I stand with this book. Monument 14 has a lot going for it. 14 kids trapped in a superstore with no way out? End of the world going on outside and no idea how long they will survive? All good things, you’re expecting lots of angst, tension and drama.
The beginning of the book really hooked me, Mrs Wooly’s rescue of the second bus had epic movie sequence written all over it but then she leaves in search of help and the kids are alone. I’m not sure if Dean’s (who narrates the book) descriptions are the reason, but I really thought of them all as kids. The maturity level throughout the book just comes across as low.
Another thing is that there are just so many characters, about a third into the book I was hoping that Emmy Laybourne had written them in so she could have a massive kill-cull. Alas not, so you have 14 and they do blend into each other at times so it’s hard to keep track.
Monument 14 wasn’t quite as riveting as I expected but I still enjoyed it.