Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1)
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 yo
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...more
One thing that...more
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...more
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...more
Emmy Laybourne’s version of the apocalypse is what makes Monument 14 work. None of it is...more
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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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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...more
I began Monument 14 with some difficulty. Following a gripping second-person introduction, we’re plunged into the life and voice of Dean, a tenth grader whose world falls apart on the bus to school one morning. Massive hailstones dent the ceiling of his bus, and cars swerve from the road. There are explosions. Soon, the world is a wreck around him and he finds himself ushered in to a local big box store by a grade school bus driver who soon leaves for hel...more
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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....more
This very diverse group of 14 kids of all ages and backgrounds must...more
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 :)
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...more
"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...more
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...more
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...more
The apocalypse itself, as portrayed in this story, is very possible, even frightening, but it is not the focus. The story is about the characters growing up and learning to live with each other within a confined space.
Most of the characters I liked, especially by the end. The premise called...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...more
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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.
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.”