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Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
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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 experience... I very much wanted to put myself in the position of the main character and I didn't know if I could make myself think like a teenage boy. I can't guarantee that Dean's thinking and actions were entirely true to life, but he felt realistic enough to me that I never forgot the fact that he was a boy, but I could still understand his emotions and motivations. In the end, I grew to like Dean a lot and I was happy that he, rather than one of the girls trapped in the superstore, was the narrator.

One of the most interesting aspects of this novel was the presence of small children as well as teens. I think having small children trapped as well added another dimension and sense of urgency to the situation. I found the differences between the reactions of each age group really put things into perspective... for both the characters themselves and the reader. It's already crazy that these teens are trapped and had to learn to trust one another and work together, but then to throw in small children that are alternately panicked or wanting to play and do something fun... the situation was terrifyingly real.

The giant hailstorm, the chemical weapons spill, the bus crashes, and the other events that lead to the fourteen kids being trapped inside the superstore all seemed carefully thought out and contained just enough detail to create a realistic picture within the reader's mind. The entire novel felt very cinematic. I actually found myself matching characters from the novel to people I knew in real life. Each character felt so impossibly real that my mind needed a three-dimensional body to go along with the personality Laybourne created.

Monument 14 has landed a spot on my Best of 2012 list. I'm already anxious for the next installment, as the novel ended on a cliffhanger... I seriously get shivers just thinking about the intensity of the final scenes!
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Reading Progress

February 4, 2012 – Shelved
May 3, 2012 – Started Reading
May 3, 2012 –
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May 4, 2012 – Finished Reading
May 31, 2012 – Shelved as: reviewed

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Joshua Littrell I know right! Bring on the next one! :)


Sara Grochowski Joshua wrote: "I know right! Bring on the next one! :)"

I STILL haven't read book 2! I need to change! :)


Joshua Littrell me either. I'm trying really hard to not rush out and buy it... but I really want it!


message 4: by Eva (new) - rated it 5 stars

Eva Z I read book 2! Its was good, maybe even better than the first... Of course in ends in another cliffhanger, but hopefully everything is tied up in the 3rd.


Sara Grochowski Eva wrote: "I read book 2! Its was good, maybe even better than the first... Of course in ends in another cliffhanger, but hopefully everything is tied up in the 3rd."

I JUST got book 3 in the mail last week... I guess it's time to catch up!


message 6: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy I just finished the first one and am salivating for the second one...didn't know there was a third one, but even better!! I also just read "Contaminated" by Em Garner,another post-apoc told from a teen's perspective, you guys should check it out.


Sara Grochowski Amy wrote: "I just finished the first one and am salivating for the second one...didn't know there was a third one, but even better!! I also just read "Contaminated" by Em Garner,another post-apoc told from a..."

I think I might own Contaminated, but I haven't read it! Thanks for the recommendation, Amy!


Mary Farrell Just finished it! Loved it. So happy I checked the first two our from the library at the same time. :)


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