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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'
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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 gi
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Melannie :)
Dec 20, 2011 marked it as to-read

I've always wanted to live in Walmart.
karen
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya, the-end

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
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: david y biblioflick
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
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Giselle
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
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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
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Reynje
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
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Jo
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, e, for-review, oh-come-on, ya
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
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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
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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
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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
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elena
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
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
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Wendy Darling
Hm. I liked it, just not as much as I thought I would. Review to come.
Kelly
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
1.5.

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
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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
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Juhina
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
Jennifer
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Jasprit
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
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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
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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.
TheBookSmugglers
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
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Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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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.
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Anabel
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Con una narración muy sencilla y ágil el libro me ha durado día y medio. Lo mejor es que no se anda por las ramas y pronto nos encontramos con unos personjes en peligro y sobreviviendo. Ahora tengo mucha curiosidad por saber qué pasará en el segundo, espero haberme pronto con él, lo bueno es que están ya publicados en España.
Taylor
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Update (Jan.23, 2016)
Changing my rating to a 3 star after reading the sequel because this just wasn't as good as the second one!!*

(Jan.20, 2016)
This book was pretty good!
It was a bit graphic in terms of blood/death/injuries, so if you can't handle stuff like that, I don't think you should read this!

The story was great! I love post apocalyptic books, and this was a great start to (what I'm hoping) is a great trilogy!
The main characters were so easy to get attached to, and I love them! They wer
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Tiffany
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Macarena Yannelli
3,5
Estuvo bueno, decayó un poquito por momentos pero definitivamente esperaba menos de este libro y termino siendo muy entretenido.
Liv (Stories For Coffee)
Didn't connect to the storyline or characters because the cast was too large. Meh.
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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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“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.
Shining.”
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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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