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Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1)

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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’
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends (first published 2012)
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
It was possible that Sahalia hadn’t realized she was pretty much sticking her butt in our faces. And maybe she hadn’t known just how sheer that shirt would get.
But it seemed to me she wanted us to see her body.
She wanted to be wanted.
Just by the weakness of the storyline and the nonexistent/unexplained setting alone and the extremely feminine and unconvincingly male narrator, this book is pretty fucking bad and best described as a "clusterfuck." When you add in slut shaming of a 13-year old gir

this 4 is a 3.5, just so you know. because i trashed the last book i read from this publisher, i felt bad enough about it to round it up to a four. such is my guilt complex.

and this book is fun, it really is. so we have a massive hailstorm that destroys the school buses our protags are taking to school. one of the drivers manages to crash the bus into a megastore, and the surviving kids hole up inside to wait out the storm. the driver goes for help, and the kids barricade themselves inside. afte
Melannie :)
Dec 21, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read

I've always wanted to live in Walmart.
We should all know by now, being stuck in a mall - or a superstore in this case - never EVER ends well. We've all had fantasies as children, imagining the awesome possibilities. Well, it's not all it's cracked up to be! Horror movies tell the truth! So yes, I was super intrigued by the premise of Monument 14 where a bunch of kids get trapped in a superstore to tough out what seems to be the end of the world. I didn't like it as much as I'd hoped, but it's an overall enjoyable read.

One thing that
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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Monument 14 seems to have a lot of things going for it: killing hailstorms, a bus explosion, death and abundant destruction... and all that's just within the three chapters of the novel. This sounds like an action-packed read and like a thrill-ride from that promising initiation to main character Dean's survival story somewhere in the vague future. And it is all that, right? Right? Well....kinda, for a while. Monument 14 unfortunately falls prey to
I have wanted to get my mitts on a good natural disaster book since I finished Mr Mullins’ Ashfall so when I saw Monument 14 on Netgalley I practically fell over myself to request it.
Kids? Living in Walmart? Bad things happening to them? MEGATSUNAMIS?!
Yes. Yes. Yes. 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
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Lately, I’ve been growing increasingly tired of all the apocalypse scenarios we’re being bombarded with. 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. We’ll call this intuition, although dumb luck might be more accurate.

Emmy Laybourne’s version of the apocalypse is what makes Monument 14 work. None of it is
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.

I still don’t know what Monument 14 set out to achieve. Was it to be a gripping and intense survival story? A nightmarish portrayal of government experimentation gone wrong and let loose on th
Sara Grochowski
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
Wendy Darling
Hm. I liked it, just not as much as I thought I would. Review to come.
Omggggggggggg what an ending!!!!!!!

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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. There are so many characters, but each one has his/her own person
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum:

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
With survival type stories, I’m either here or there, they either win me over completely (This is Not a Test) or annoy me to death. 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. On the way to school Dean’s bus is pelted with hail stones so big that they’re tearing through the bus. There’s chaos on the road that causes their bus to overturn. Kids end up dead
Mrs. S
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. It reminded me of Michael Grant's Gone series and The Girl Who Owned A City by O. T. Nelson. 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, ...more

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
WOW. That was my reaction at the end of the book. That was ONE HELL OF A RIDE! 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 ...more
Petra Sýkorová
Co uděláte, když zjistíte, že jste odříznutí od zbytku světa a nemáte ani ponětí o tom, co se děje za zdmi místa, kde se schováváte? Co když se z jednoho dne začne stávat den druhý, třetí, nakonec je to týden a víc? Co když se musíte rozhodovat mezi tím, jestli si jen tak užívat, anebo sledovat jasně daný řád? A co dělat, když jste jenom dospívající děti, které se musí postarat nejen o sebe, ale také o předškoláky, co nechtějí nic jiného, než jít domů. Jenže nikdo nemůže odejít, protože venku pr ...more

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3.5 stars

When? September of the year 2024
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. Alex, his younger brother, is in 8th grade which means he takes the bus for the grades K-8.

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.
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
**Just after finishing Sky on Fire, I realized it ramped everything up!

"Only, if it's the last you'll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you'd stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus."

Dean's day started out pretty normally. His mom calling him saying that he'll miss the bus, him ignoring her because he thought he would see her later.

BOY, WAS HE WRONG. If he had known a giant hailstorm would suddenly appear out of nowhere and cause mass destruction throughout the tow
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 buying one book after another and binge r
Someone please tell Emmy Laybourne thank you.

Monument 14 was everything it promised to be and so much more. I was sucked in immediately and never released. This author did an amazing job with a genre that sometimes can be hokey or over-the-top and silly. Monument 14 was not silly. It was consistently delightful. Even as the world was turning to shit and people were dying, I couldn't wait to turn the page and find out what happened next. Inside the store and out. I didn't want it to ever end. Bu
Jean-Paul Adriaansen
What a great Young Adult book! Captivating from the first to the last page. What a story; believable protagonists; a super fast pace.
Threatened by earthquakes and chemical disasters, little kids, middle schoolers, and young adults have to survive in a super market.
Great story! I want to read the sequel and I want it NOW :)
All the dystopian novels I’ve read this far starts at a certain point in time after the world have already ended. In just about all of these books, the reader is given a brief overview of how the modern world ended and how people have adapted and established a new way of living. Thus, I was thrilled to have finally found a book where you get to experience the transition from the world-as-we-know-it to oh-crap-what-the-heck-just-happened. In Monument 14, you’re smack-dab in the middle of all the ...more

I loved the idea of Monument 14 - fourteen kids across a wide age range stuck in a superstore in the midst of tsunamis, earthquakes and a chemical weapons spill. And it is a great idea that for the most part is very well executed.

Told through the eyes of Dean, the action begins right from page one, and keeps a pretty good pace the whole way through. As the kids are stuck inside a superstore, there's not a lot of information on exactly what is happening in the outside world, just snippets that th
Seen at Scott Reads It
I have read so many Dystopian books this year that I thought the genre could no longer surprise me. So many books are banking on the popularity of The Hunger Games and so the YA market has been overflowed with books about oppressive societies. When I started Monument 14 I thought that it was going to be a stereotypical and bland dystopian that I really wouldn't enjoy. Well color me surprised because I was very wrong.

A Bit of Background:
Monument 14 takes place in the Gr
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers

The day begins like any other. 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
What a beautiful book!

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I read this one with a friend on Goodreads. Normally I would not go for this type of book. I am glad I did since I am absolutely, positively and completely in love with this book.

What I really loved about this book is the concept. The idea of being trapped is not that new, but being trapped with kids to take care of in a superstore during a disastrous period is just very intriguing. I loved all characters in this
To be honest this is NOT a review this is a rant. I read exactly 20 pages and I could not force myself to read any more of this train-wreck (or in heart of the book- hail induced bus wreck)

The Problems: (for having only read only 20 pages there is a lot)
1) there is no explanations for the world these children are living in... the setting (time-place) seems to be somewhat in the future, but I'm left confused about why it's the law for all the children to take the bus to school (what happened to
I liked it more than I expected to. It was a very typical teen dystopian: kids using their unique and previously-thought-eccentric skills to survive, a love triangle, very few adult figures (and those few crazy), and lots of "more bad news" moments. It moved along pretty fast, and there were some interesting characters. However, this book needed a lot more "show" and a lot less "tell." Here's a typical character description, a full paragraph exclusively devoted to it: "Astrid was just lit up wit ...more
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Emmy Laybourne is a novelist, writing teacher and former character actress. Emmy has recently finished the final installment to the MONUMENT 14 trilogy: SAVAGE DRIFT, which will be released in May 2014. She is now working on a new YA thriller, SWEET. Emmy lives outside New York City with her husband, two kids and a flock of 5 nifty chickens.

Emmy began her writing career as a playwright. The first
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“Night came and fell hard.
Not like God drawing a blanket over our land
But like someone snuffing a candle.
Sudden and total.
Out—just like that.
Now we are waiting.
Waiting in the dark
To see if someone
Will switch on the light.
We can cower,
We can fear,
We can get lost together or
Get lost alone.
But the truth is:
I am the light. You are the light.
We are lit up together.
We are silhouettes of sunlight
cast against the night.
Shining now, let us
Shining, hold the light,
Shining, so that our families
Can find us.
“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 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.”
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