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Monument 14

(Monument 14 #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  23,228 ratings  ·  3,099 reviews
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, 304 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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Robin There's a near rape, involving a middle aged man and a 13 year old girl. The book also mentions girls getting topless, the 13 year old showing off her…moreThere's a near rape, involving a middle aged man and a 13 year old girl. The book also mentions girls getting topless, the 13 year old showing off her butt to boys on purpose and wearing a wet white t shirt etc etc etc. (less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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
Melannie :)
Dec 20, 2011 marked it as to-read

I've always wanted to live in Walmart.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-end, why-yes-i-ya
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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Maybe 3.5? I'm still not sure.^^

I’m not very good at Science so I’m not the best person to ascertain the plausibility of a natural disaster consisting of a volcano erupting causing mega-tsunamis inducing hailstorms and causing chemical damage to air which if inhaled by people will result to various ghastly effects depending on the person’s blood type. It sounds pretty exaggerated and maybe even ridiculous but I don’t know, the whole thing kind of worked perhaps because the concept paved way for
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 the
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
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
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Ben Alderson
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book within less than 5 hours! Its a great read! Can not wait to read the next one :D
Anna (Literary Exploration)
Omggggggggggg what an ending!!!!!!!

More of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration

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
Sara Grochowski
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aaah the post apocalyptic survival genre might be one of my favourite genres ever. Monument 14 is the first installment in a trilogy about 14 kids aged 5 to 18 who end up in a Greenway after a volcano eruption that caused a megatsunami. Now, they have to come together in order to survive. Basically some very different people become friends and eventually family. I will never be tired of this trope. I really enjoyed Monument 14 and I will be reading the second book soon!
Mrs. S
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
After reading this book for the second time (three years after the first time), I'm changing my rating from 5 to 2 stars!
This time around, I had several problems with the story. The plot is great, it just isn't executed very well.

The older kids seem a bit too calm and collected right after the tragedy happens. There is an overall lack of emotion, it's hard to believe that two of the characters are brothers. When there are emotional or romantic moments, they come out of nowhere and seem over the
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this story to be believable and terrifying. I enjoyed having a teenage boy as the narrator and view the disaster and the aftermath through his eyes. The Greenway was a great place to be stranded and it was interesting to see how the kids were able to organize and use the resources available to them. Looking forward to Book 2!
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Incomplete, but it is a trilogy after all. Easy reading, fun enough, we'll see if I remember what it's about after time passes. (Can't remember if the title was ever explained.)

I wanted to read more about Max because he was entertaining as hell and made me laugh a few times.

Ebook ends at 72% which is frustrating because it will sneak up on readers.
Wendy Darling
Hm. I liked it, just not as much as I thought I would. Review to come.
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok

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
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
The whole story is told from Alex's POV; from what I can remember his age is never confirmed, so I assumed he's about 16/17. I thought it was pretty authentically written and believable. I'm not a teenage boy obviously, but I do own one of the creatures and Alex's thinking seemed age appropriate and pretty spot on to me.

Set in the future (2024) there are a few differences - there's a fuel shortage for example so all students have to take the bus, all electronic devises are run off 'the grid' whi
Karen’s Library
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apocalyptic
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
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum: http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201...

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
Sep 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-con-2015
Fuck this book. Really.

Let's slut shame a 13 year old.
Let's have an idiotic jock who starts out golden boy then drugs himself up the entire thing.
Let's have a boy who can't do anything besides bully people even at the end of the world.
Let's have a ridiculously fictitious boy who apparently is a genius at all things logical (beyond his years)

Colleen Houck
What a frightening thought to be a kid trapped in a store as the world crumbles around you. At least there is food and water and sleeping bags. And with half the kids being elementary school age, it made the story have a much scarier feel.
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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.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hated-it, sci-fi
Rating: 1/5
***Minor spoilers***

It all started with the hail. Dean was on the bus on his way to school when it started. It wasn't just normal hail, but gigantic hail while caused the bus driver to crash. Luckily, the grammar school bus was still working and they were able to recover only a few of the high school kids, and together, they cooped up in a huge supermarket which sells everything. After attending to injuries, the teacher in charge left to get help, leaving the store for the kids to tak
James Tullos
May 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Alright, this one started okay. There's a series of disasters which traps some kids in a grocery store in Monument, Colorado. The apocalypse is unique, the plot starts off quickly, and it takes place in the area I'm from, so for the first half I enjoyed it. But then things started to drag with everyone being concerned with mundane survival and little happening. The climax had things pick up a little, and I was even a tad excited for the sequel, but the ending made it clear that things would suck ...more
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EMMY LAYBOURNE is a Young Adult novelist best known for her Monument 14 series, an internationally best-selling trilogy that has been translated into 9 languages. Her standalone book Sweet won a Junior Library Guild Award, was a YALSA Quick Pick and got a Perfect Ten rating from VOYA. Her latest books, Berserker, and Ransacker tell the story of a family of Norwegian teens with ancient Viking power ...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.
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We can fear,
We can get lost together or
Get lost alone.
But the truth is:
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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 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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