May 21, 2012

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 294
Series: Monument 14
Review Source: ARC from Raincoast Books

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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 hurdle 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.

My Thoughts:
This book has such a great premise, but unfortunately it failed to live up to my expectations. The idea of kids stuck in a Walmart type store after a huge apocolypse level of a disaster sounds so cool, but mostly I was just bored with this. The narrator, Dean, just wasn’t that interesting or easy to empathize with. I mean, when you’re writing a journal at the potential end of the world are you really going to spend that much time detailing what you’re cooking every day?? It was just... quite boring at times. Most of the other characters didn’t seem to go beyond their clique label stock characteristics either.

The most interesting part of the book was when the effects of the disaster were described, with chemicals from NORAD affecting everyone based on their blood type. However I think because the world of this book is so insular it failed to live up to the incredibly interesting premise. The disaster was relegated to outside the store, and therefore almost outside of the book itself. I just wasn’t impressed with the characters or the actions, which made it really hard for me to finish this one. I also disliked how there was no real resolution to the story, basically leaving an opening for a second book with the brother narrating his journey. With so many apocalyptic books on the market lately, I would definitely pass on this one.

The Cover:
Interesting, but not stunning.


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  1. Aww, too bad it didn't live up to the premise - because it did sound pretty good.

    I hope your next read it's loads better

  2. Sorry to hear this one is a disappointment. I was excited about it and it seemed to have potential. Too bad it's not a stand-alone - maybe it would have worked better that way. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Hope you have better luck with your next book!

  3. Oh i hate when that happens. Sounds just blah! I agree that the premise has potential.

  4. Aw, no! That's definitely disappointing. I have it to read and have been really excited about it, but this definitely brings that down. I'm still curious though and really hope it'll be a bit better for me, but you never know. Great review though!

  5. thats a shame that this book didn't deliver for you. I got it from fierce reads and I was mildly interested but not overly intrigued so its not on my top priority list, but I'll let you know once I get to it what I think :)

    Thanks for the honest review.


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