Monday, August 6, 2012

Monument 14 By: Emmy Laybourne (Review #4)

BOOK: Monument 14
AUTHOR: Emmy Laybourne
PUBLISHER: Feiwel and Friends
DATE: 2012
FORMAT: Hardcover
PAGES: 294
SOURCE: Bought
Monument 14
(Goodreads Synopsis)
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.

I was surprised by how much I loved this!

     The plot was what originally made me pick up the book, and thank god I did. Unlike every other distopian, the world is falling apart in the story, whereas in others the world has already been destroyed. This made the book a thrill ride that made me stay up all night.

     Writing = SOFREAKINGGOOD. It came across for me that Laybourne wrote the story meaning it to be Dean's journal that he writes in throughout the book, this was something I haven't read much, so this captivated me even more. 

          I also really enjoyed the characters. They were introduced right when they made an entrance into the story, which made the story more enjoyable. Also, I loved reading about all of there personalities and back stories, some were hilarious and made me laugh out loud. I could really connect with them because they all had strengths and weaknesses, and in the end I really didn't want to leave them.

       The only thing I had a problem with was the relationships. IT WAS SO AWKWARD. Its like all love in this book is bipolar. Someone will make-out with another person, they they'll hook up with someone else. Like I had no idea what was going on when something romantic was happening.

       Overall I really loved this book and its not like a typical YA Dystopian, Highly Recommended

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