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 personality and I found it easy to distinguish among them as well as grow to love a few. The most actions is definitely in the first 50 pages, as well as the last 50 pages, but every moment contained a tense situation that had me wondering how I would react. Monument 14 is a roller coaster of emotions that will have you gripping the edge of your seat until the last page.
While Dean isn't the most admirable character, he is definitely realistic. He's flawed, yes, but he learns to deal with his insecurities and make the tough decisions that are called. He isn't your typical heroic male protagonist which I think is what made me fall so hard for him. I saw parts of myself inside of him. That person who longs for their crush from afar, lets jealousies get the better of them, and even succumbs to peer pressure. That was Dean, as well as myself, and that's what really drew me to him. His brother Alex is also an amazing character; he's brilliant to the point where he manages to save them all on more than one occasion.
The story itself is fast paced and psychologically thrilling. While there isn't much action, the pyschological aspects really drew me in. I found myself wondering, "What role would I take on in this situation? Would I be the leader? The guy doing drugs in the sports section? The mother?" It really made me wonder how I would handle the situation myself, and I think any book that makes you think like that is a winner. The different obstacles the kids have to face are insane, from crazy survivors to an infectious gas, it's all so surreal... yet so realistic. That's the most frightening thing about a book like this: It can happen in real life!
Emmy Laybourne has created an frightening situation in which teenagers must pull out all of their survival skills as well as grow up fast. Their psychological well-being is tested, and some fold under the pressure while others rise to the occasion. Monument 14 will have you flipping pages as fast as possible, because you'll need to know how it's going to end. 14 teenagers trapped in what is essentially a mall sounds like a party, but is it? Fans of post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and survival stories will love this one! (less)
Going into this book I had a lot of doubts. I had heard from a number of people that i...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
Going into this book I had a lot of doubts. I had heard from a number of people that it didn't live up to expectations, but I had heard from others that it was absolutely amazing. As you can imagine, I was quite skeptical about what I would be feeling by the time I finished it. I managed to pick up an ARC of Eve and Adam at Comic-Con over the summer and had it signed by the awesome Michael Grant, so I was really excited to finally dig into it. While there were some flaws that I found with the book, overall it was a really great story! It's incredibly fast paced, a super quick read, and has great characters who collectively made the book shine for me.
Eve is a strong and intelligent girl who I liked from the very beginning. She's funny, witty, brave, and loyal to no end. When she's hit by a car in the very opening of the book it's amazing how calm she is about everything, and even throughout her experience in the hospital she's making sarcastic remarks about everything going on. Asilin, her bff is HILARIOUS. I'm not going to lie, I would love a book just about her. I'm not going to lie, I didn't like Solo at the beginning of the book. He reminded me of a younger version of Dr. Cooper from Nurse Jackie. He was always making comments about how into him Eve was and I just wanted to be like, "Get over yourself dude!" He redeemed himself in the end, though :)
The story itself is really unique. It's essentially a rewrite of the Bible, only woman creates man. Along with some help from genetics and science experiments. The plot is very quick, and I would say the entire book is definitely plot driven (at least it was for me). There are so many twists and turns throughout the story, you'll be surprised by a lot of what happens. Also, I'm usually not much of a fan of alternating POVs unless they're done really well, which this one was. I could easily tell the difference between Eve and Solo without even reading the names at the beginning of the chapters. Grant and Appelgate did a fantastic job collaborating on this one.
Overall, Eve and Adam is definitely a book you're going to want to get your hands on. It's a quick, fun read with plenty of plot twists and great characters. I definitely didn't care for Adam once I met him, but the idea that someone can create a human being is amazing. You'll definitely have a lot of questions by the end, but it'll be worth it! For a great, philosophical read that has an intense plot and fantastic characters pick up Eve and Adam!(less)