By: Emmy Laybourne
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher (Thank you :))
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’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.
But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.
Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.
In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart. –Goodreads-
Imagine yourself on your way to school, and the world starts to end. You run to seek shelter and the nearest thing is a superstore. So you run into there and now you are trapped. You have no where to go. But you can survive for months there, would you leave. That is the question that I asked myself while reading this book. If I had no worries in the world other than am I going to survive through the night, would I leave the one place that provides me with food, water, and shelter???? Probably not. But that was not the case in this story.
In this story, you meet a group of kids that are on their way to school in the bus. While on the bus a hail storm starts to happen. I know what you are thinking, come on its just a hail storm. But in this story, this hail storm is really bad and they can’t drive in it. So one of the buses decides to run into the local superstore for cover. But then after a little while the bus driver goes back to save the people on the other bus. Once everyone was in the building, the driver decides that she is going to try and get help. So she leaves. At this point in the book, I was like really….you are just going to leave 14 kids all by themselves so that you can see if you can find help. I knew where this was going. At this point, the story reminded a lot of Lord of the Flies. I was just waiting for them to split into their own teams and try to kill each other. But boy was I wrong. This book was so much better then I thought it was going to be. I was really surprised with what the out come was in this book. But I would have to tell you, if I was ever stuck in a place like Target for a really long time I think I might be in heaven. :)
This book has everything that I good dystopian needs. In my world, a good dystopian needs a great story line. A story that keeps you wanting more. A story line that keeps the pages turning. And Emmy Laybourne did just that!!! I seriously can’t wait for the second book to come out! I am not going to lie, when I finished this book I was like, “ YOU REALLY CAN NOT END A BOOK LIKE THAT!!!” I think I threw the book across the room and cursed a little….oops… But a book that makes you do that deserves to be titled a great book and that is exactly what it is!!!!
I am giving this book 5 out 5 stars!! It is that good, that you need to read it now!!! Go! Leave! What just go to amazon!!! Here let me help you: http://www.amazon.com/Monument-14-ebook/dp/B00779RMJY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1341799441&sr=8-3&keywords=monument+14
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