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Sky on Fire

(Monument 14 #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  11,551 ratings  ·  1,174 reviews
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, 215 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
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Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
OOOOOH! this is my 2,000th review! think hard about balloons and cake and it will be like we are having a celebration!

this book is 215 pages. and that's 215 YA pages, with all the normative font/margins/pacing of YA. which means you can read this book in an hour or so. now for me, doing my "catch-up on YA series i started and never finished" program it's fine, cuz i have the third book right here ready to go. but how very frustrating for people who were reading this series as it was published, t
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
*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
Sarah Churchill
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic continuation of the story with a lot of action and emotion. As with book 1 the inclusion of both teenagers AND little kids is what makes me feel so invested in the characters, and a little bit teary a couple of times! I enjoyed the dual POV of Alex and Dean, two brothers that we're separated in book 1 and have their own battles to fight throughout the story, it's nice to have two very different voices but both gunning for the same outcome - basically to survive and rescue these kids. ...more
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.

Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 Stars

My Opinion of This Book: Definitely better than the first book!

Wow..this book. Guys, I basically hated the first book, but I decided to give this series another chance. So I go to Barnes & Noble, pick it up, and expect to just read one or two chapters (because, you know, the first one was bad, so why would this be good?), but instead I read the whole entire thing. In one sitting. At B&N. I haven't finished a book in one sitting sin
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great followup to Monument 14. The fourteen kids are now split up with brothers Alex and Dean in different groups. We are able to view what each group is doing through the alternate POV of the two brothers. I loved the mix of happy endings with hints of future doom. Will the group in the bus make it to the evac point? Will the group in the Greenway be rescued?
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-english
I had the same problems with this book as I had with the previous one.
There is an overall lack of emotion, everyone seems a bit too calm, no build-up to emotional or important scenes and I just cannot connect with the characters.
The sentences are kept short (often too short) and read more like a bad journal than a book. This makes the story feel flat, even though the plot in itself is fantastic.
During the last 100 pages, I often had to shake my head at how ridiciously easy some things were resol
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
[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 p

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
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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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, brother of
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
When we left off in Monument 14, half of the kids left on a bus to get help and the other stayed behind in the Greenway. This time we see more of the rotting world and how truly desperate humans are to survive.

Reading this felt so real. That something as horrible as the end of the world could happen. What these characters went through are too realistic. Especially when they encounter other groups of people who want nothing but their resources and will leave them for dead. Not only did Emmy Laybo
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic follow up to Monument 14! Full of non stop action and suspense. I read it all in one sitting!
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A nice continuation to the series.
Anne F
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
I like it. This second book doesn't have that 2nd-book-bad-luck to me. Most of all, because I got to know what happen to them. They survived! Yayyy! Alex and Niko lived! Dean too!

But Josie tho. Next book is gonna be all about her. Somebody has to rescue her. After all she has done and Mario too! They would not have made it if it weren't for them both.

Brayden died tho. The stupid cadet gang killed him. It was so tense when Alex was coming to rescue Dean. Godd thank God they made it. You see, in
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
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was hoping the second book would be better, and thought that it would be for a couple of reasons.
1. I had a feeling it would be Dual POV, and thought that would add to the story
2. Since it wouldn't be the author's first book anymore, I thought her writing would improve.

It is in fact, told in dual POV, but for me, it didn't help the story whatsoever. And the writing was sadly not any better than the first book.
I thought most of the plot was boring and tedious, as it talked about a lot of every
Ben Alderson
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING! Great sequel ! :D
Dinah Browne
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
I can't wait to read the next one!
Anna Kay
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia
Better than the first book - yay! Plus, we find out why it is called "Monument 14" in the first few pages.

This book is an alternating narration between Dean and Alex, since they have split up. At first, Alex is pretty angry with Dean for the choice he made, but as things really fall apart for his group, he quickly lets it go and wonders if maybe he is the one who made the wrong choice. The road to Denver is insanely difficult and there are many dangers and pitfalls along the way. The idea of get
david y biblioflick

I am disappointed in the second book (not disappointed because it sucked or bad but it is shorter than the first one, the shortest in the trilogy... so not much have happened.)

So the second started where the book one ended (immediately). It is told in two alternating POVs (Dean & Alex), with Dean telling the story on what is happening in the Greenway Mall and Alex telling on their journey to Denver.

Dean counting the days until (view spoiler)
So the Os Dean, Astr
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won
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
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
Jen Ryland
Feb 07, 2013 added it
Shelves: atw-tour
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)
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Shaz Goodwin
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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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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I went over to him.
"You did it," I said. "You saved us."
"Yeah," he moaned, "but I lost her.”
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