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Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
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it was amazing
bookshelves: thriller, contemporary-fiction

Omggggggggggg what an ending!!!!!!!

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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!
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Reading Progress

November 30, 2011 – Shelved
May 29, 2012 – Started Reading
May 29, 2012 –
page 49
16.12% "Oh God, these kids can't catch a break!"
May 29, 2012 –
page 90
29.61% "I'm pretty sure Emmy Laybourne has made the end of the world funny. Hilarious really!"
May 30, 2012 – Finished Reading
November 30, 2019 – Shelved as: thriller
November 30, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary-fiction

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message 1: by Braiden (new) - added it

Braiden so... this is good?


Anna (Literary Exploration) SO GOOD!!!!!! Read it now!!!!


Juhina yeay! glad you liked it. I just started it now :D


Anna (Literary Exploration) Juhina wrote: "yeay! glad you liked it. I just started it now :D"

I loved it!!! OMG! It was so good :D


Brittani (Hope, Faith & Books) I just finished it! It was amazing!!!


Anna (Literary Exploration) Brittani (Hope, Faith & Books) wrote: "I just finished it! It was amazing!!!"

Wasn't it?!?! Ahhhhhh omggggggg


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