Review - Monument 14

Title: Monument 14
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14
Book#: 1
Publisher: Square Fish
Release Date: May 28th 2013 (First published in 2012)

My Rating:

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 Monument 14, 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.

My Thoughts

Where to begin... This book is freaking addictive I could not put it down. I think I had a cold when I got around to read it and it was so AWESOME that I read like half the book in a day.

Monument 14 is packed with action. I am not kidding it starts after a couple of pages and I was so involved in making it into a movie in my head that I was not paying attention to anything my sister was telling me - she tried to engage me into conversating while I was reading... WHILE I WAS READING.
Anyway, after I managed to put it down I actually gave her some attention and began to tell her the first chapter or so of the book and she thought I was talking about actual news. That's how good this book is.

When it comes to the plot, it is very well constructed in a way that will keep you from jumping ahead and find out what's happening next because you will be too involved in absorving the information you're presented with.

The characters are just lovely and so very mature for their young age but at the same time they do show traces of vulnerability which makes every situation way more interesting because you are always guessing which route will they take. Will they take the situation seriously or will they assume the 'I'm a teenager and I should not be dealing with this' approach?

There have been some rumours that this book will be turned into a movie... Well I freaking hope so because these books have quickly become my favorite of all time.

I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys 'post apocalyptic' kind of books.

Oh I almost forgot... I suggest you get the entire trilogy before start reading this because the endings are killer and you will weep for not having the next book.

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