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Sky on Fire (Monument 14 #2)

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Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope.

Hardcover, 212 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
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*Spoiler free for the series*

Sky on Fire, the sequel to Monument 14, is more action packed and exciting, but the writing is still filled with irritating quirks that doesn't allow me to give it a higher rating, no matter how much I might have enjoyed the rest--which was actually quite a bit.

Since we're at it, let me tell you what I mean about the writing. I knew from the first book that the author likes to write as if her readers are a little… slow? The first novel was filled with commentaries an


No puedo...simplemente no puedo.

Realmente intenté hacer una reseña pero todavía no encuentro cómo empezar. Sin dudas esta trilogía se está convirtiendo en una de mis favoritas.

Me hizo reir,sorprenderme, preocuparme y hasta darme escalofríos. De verdad que el final fue... ¿WHAT?.

Voy a esperar unos días más, porque tengo que reseñar esto..y tengo que hacerlo bien
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
If I reviewed this book with just one word, that word would be UGH. Honestly, I enjoyed Monument 14 when I read it last year. I'm not sure whether it's actually better than Sky on Fire or if, because of my monumental reading challenge, I was just happy to read something so fast-paced. Either way, Sky on Fire is just sad. I hate making such a pronouncement, but the quality of the writing, the flat characters, and the discomfiting portrayal of women combined to make this a horrid read for me.

[Rating: 4.5 stars] They should really do half stars.

”We didn’t die. Stay safe…or get to Denver.”

The brothers have separated. Alex, Niko, Sahalia, Josie, and Brayden, along with Max, Ulysses, and Batiste, have taken their old school bus to Denver Intl Airport to try to get rescued, while Dean, Astrid, Chloe, and the twins Henry and Caroline stay behind in the store, knowing that they will become O monsters once exposed to the chemicals. While Dean and the others at the store have some gang prob
Wow! O_O!

Okay, this book was pretty crazy! Though, I have to admit it wasn't as crazy as the first one. And while I'm admitting, I'll go ahead and say that I honestly didn't understand the series being title Monument 14, until in this book when Alex had called them the survivors the Monument 14. That was met with a face palm and an outspoke "No Shit!"


Once again, I was kept entertained and immediately pulled--DOVE--into the story. Easily reading through and being able to remember and
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
There really aren’t that many post-apocalyptic trilogies I truly enjoy, but the raw realism of Laybourne’s apocalyptic vision, the sheer probability of it all, is what makes her series stand out in the sea of post-apocalyptic reads out there. The point of these books, I think, is to convince the readers they’re entirely possible, and with Monument 14, my mind was free of doubts from the start.

In Sky of Fire, our small group of young survivors split into two groups. The larger group, lead by Nico

This book was extremely hard for me to get through. I enjoyed Monument 14. It wasn’t without its faults, but the overall story was okay. I was extremely interested in reading the sequel because I wanted to know how everything turned out. Would the kids be saved? Would they make it to Denver? Would they find their families? Honestly, halfway through the book, I just didn’t care anymore.

Maybe it was me. I know, personally, I’m not a fan of end of the world type scenarios where it showcases the
woow.. to je proste takovy to, kdyz chcete jit brzo spat, v jedenact si reknete "tak jednu kapitolu" a za dve a ctvrt hodky mate prectenej celej druhej monument 14 :D
It's not very often that a sequel is just as if not better than the first book. But this one totally delivered!

"Sky on Fire" picks up right where "Monument 14" left off. We alternate between brothers Dean and Alex's POV.

Half of the kids have left the safety of the Greenway to seek help at the Denver Airport. The bus is running and stocked. Faced with unimaginable obstacles, the kids slowly make their way through what are now nothing but wastelands. Will they make it?

The other half are still insi

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**Contains spoilers for the first book in the series—Monument 14**

Sky on Fire picks up immediately after the events of it's predecessor. The original group of kids & teens has split into two parts. Most of them are on the school bus, heading for the Denver International Airport—a place they were told would offer help to an injured friend and help organize a rescue party for those left behind. Among those on the Denver-bound bus is Alex, brothe
Nadine Brandes
There's really one word to describe this book: intense

I sweat more reading this book than with my best workout. The ending. What can I say? The ending. I don't think I was breathing. If this ever turns into a movie, the audience may just pass out.

We followed the split group: team one (main character: Alex) out in the wilderness trying to get to the Denver Airport for rescue and team two (main character: Dean) still stuck in the Greenway. At first I was skeptical about how it now followed both Al
Bayram F.
Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne is the sequel to Monument 14 and the second book in the trilogy. I bought my copy of Monument 14: Sky on Fire about a week after buying Monument 14 and read it one or two weeks after. It had a good amount of improvements over the previous book and I enjoyed it even more than I did the other one.

Emmy Laybourne continued the story of Dean and the kids stuck in the Greenway with Monument 14: Sky on Fire, only this time the story is split into two POV's. On
Increíble. Sencillamente increíble.

Si me encantó Monument 14, puedo decir que Sky on Fire me ha enamorado. Es grandioso.

El libro está narrado ésta vez no sólo por Dean si no también por su hermano, Alex. Ellos están separados buscando sobrevivir y se enfrentan a el triple de peligros y desgracias que antes. No se imaginan todo lo que tienen que pasar estos chicos para seguir con vida. A pesar de que el libro es muy sencillo en cuanto a su narración eso no impide engancharse con la historia y en
At first I definately did not like it. It seemed a little too YA for my. Like - for 14 year old boys. The bus driving over bodies, etc. I wanted to put it out into the rain.

Then it became more interesting. Why? Maybe the characters just grew on me. All kids. Five year old twins to 17 year olds. Blood types determine how the people react to toxins in the air and water. They all have to wear gas masks and multiple layers of clothing if they are going to be exposed to the outside air. I am reading
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I won this book and the first one from a blog giveaway!

I finished the first book, Monument 14, in record time. It was fast paced, intense, and everything I wanted it to be. Because of that, I was very glad I had the second one at my fingertips to start reading right away.

Sky on Fire takes place very shortly after Monument 14 ends. The two brothers have now been separated and by necessity, we get the POV broken up between the two of them so we can see what happens to each of the groups. We start
Shaz Goodwin
I read the first book, Monument 14 in April 2013 (you can read my review here). It was a ‘keeper’ for me. I was looking forward to continuing this story with Sky on Fire but a little apprehensive that it wouldn’t grab me as much!

I thought beginning with a letter from Alex saying who was where was a great way to refresh memories and for anyone starting with this book, gives enough of the backstory to be able to read this as a stand-alone.

Following Alex on the journey to Denver and his brother Dea
Sky on Fire is an excellent second book in the Monument 14 series.

The group is split at the end of Monument 14. Sky on Fire is narrated from two perspectives: Alex, who is on the move, and Dean who is still in the superstore. Both groups are not having an easy time. They continue to encounter severe obstacles -- usually other people wanting to steal the few supplies they have.

Laybourne isn't afraid to kill off our heroes, so be prepared. But I really appreciate that in a story -- it makes it so
Jen Ryland
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Sky On Fire begins with recap in the form of a letter written by one of the characters. I should have been happy about this, but it freaked me out. There are a lot of characters in these books, and I was afraid I couldn't keep them all straight. If this happens to you, don't panic. Just keep on reading. It will all come back to you in time.

As Sky On Fire begins, our plucky group of kid survivors has divided into two groups: the group that wants to stay inside the Greenway, and the group that wan
Savannah (Books With Bite)
A heart-pounding race against time, I really enjoyed this book!

So the plot goes back and forth between the kids that leave and the kids that stayed behind at the store. If you have not read the first book, I suggest you do. Told from different point of views, each set of kids faces much trouble ahead of them. The plot never fails to give good entertainment and within the first few chapters, the reader has a good feel for plot. I really like that in this book you can really tell the growth differ
If you're interested, my review of the first book in the series - Monument 14 - is right over here!
Sky on Fire is one of the best books I've read in a long time! These books have everything - dystopian elements, romance, suspense, and an always-evident sense of danger and urgency. This series has done nothing but impress me, and for that, Mrs. Laybourne, I salute you!


I rarely read sequels - if ever. However, Laybourne's Monument 14 had me hooked! And if I ever do read sequels, I always (99% of
Melissa ( Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf)
I adored Monument 14 and had high expectations for it's sequel Sky on Fire. I was not disappointed. At the end of book 1, our original group of fourteen splits into two factions, one staying inside the Greenway and the other taking the bus and heading to Denver. Now we get to see how each of these groups fared and whether they made the "right" choice.

Alex and Dean share the narrating in this book and I love that we get a glimpse into each of their minds. The pacing is's a fairly sho
In this second book, some of the kids are on their way to the Denver airport to get rescued by the government and some are staying in the super store waiting to be rescued. I kid you not, I got competely invested in this book and could barely work today as all I wanted to was find out what happens next.

As soon as I finished, I immediately downloaded book 3 and finished it in one sitting! Thank you Emmy Laybourne! I love when I become this obsessed with the characters, the world, and the story! W
This one was just as good or better than the first. Once again Emmy Laybourne did a fabulous job... Mrs.Morgan I was wondering if you could please please please get the third one for me to read.
Emily Rossiter
Sky on Fire is the second installment of the series Monument 14. Sky on Fire is told in to points of view, Dean and his younger brother Alex. The story flips back and forth between Deans' and Alex's point of view. Deans' point of view is about how he tries to protect the superstore from people who want the food and first aids from themselves. He also has to deal with the fact that his brother Alex might never come back because he left to get help with a group of kids. Alex's point of view was ab ...more
Sky on fire is the sequel to Monument 14 and shows two separate point of views. From Alex who has left the Monument superstore in search of salvation and his brother Dean (view spoiler)

I preferred the second book in the Monument 14 series, I felt as though Alex's point of view added a clear thinking and interesting change in the story. There was much more action in this book and I wasn't bored at
AMAZING 5 stars!!! I read this book so fast because it was so exciting, although terribly sad throughout much of it.

I really enjoyed how the story was told from the POV of two brothers who, due to circumstances, are separated during an apocalyptic-type event. Alex goes to seek help for a wounded friend while Dean stays put where 14 children were originally stranded and yet "safe." Dean and Alex tell the events of what is happening in their own "journey" and their stories are juxtaposed in such
Dec 13, 2012 Lacey marked it as to-read
I read the first book, And at the end, I was pretty pissed that it left me hanging cause I thought there wasn't going to be A second! Woo!
Oct 14, 2012 Kyle marked it as to-read
Cover is kind of crappy, and I was so sure this would be called Monument 5. Still, I'm so excited for this, since the first one was surprisingly enjoyable! : )
Jillian †
The first book (bit of a back story) was a group of kids that had been in a bus the previous week on their way to school. Their bus was hit with gigantic balls of hail and they had to get somewhere safe. The bus driver drove to their local supermarket and crashed their bus into the side of the building. The store was closed, and no one was injured. The bus driver leaves to find safety, and leaves the older kids to take care of the younger ones. In this book (the second one), the main character, ...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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“Monopoly belonged to me and Alex. It was our game and they would never understand. There were strategies and traditions and they would never get all its complexities.
I didn't want them to play it.
I strode to the Toy Department for another divider, thinking that I would never play Monopoly with anyone besides Alex, ever. Ever, ever, ever, ever.
It was possible I was behaving somewhat like a child.”
“We were a good team. I was glad we had decided to work on being friends. She was holding up her end of the bargain and I was trying my best not to worship her.” 3 likes
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