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 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 Monument 14, 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.
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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 girl, wh [...]
I ve always wanted to live in Walmart.
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 complexd 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 after managin [...]
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 the [...]
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 really b [...]
Read This Review More Like It On My Blog 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 Wellnda, for a while Monument 14 unfortunately falls prey to the trap of becoming [...]
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 the unsuspec [...]
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 I imagine [...]
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 accurate Emmy Laybourne s version of the apocalypse is what makes Monument 14 work None of it is too hard [...]
I finished this book within less than 5 hours Its a great read Can not wait to read the next one D
Omggggggggggg what an ending More of my reviews can be found on my blog Literary ExplorationMonument 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 [...]
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 exper [...]
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
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, age wise [...]
Hm I liked it, just not as much as I thought I would Review to come.
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 which is sup [...]
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 depend on one [...]
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 201A 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 chilling and disturbing to me than books [...]
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 characters in [...]
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 de [...]
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 and it [...]
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 read [...]
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.
Originally Reviewed on The Book SmugglersThe 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 school [...]
Find my reviews on Blogger Reviews by Bookish Sarah 3.5 starsWhen September of the year 2024Where Monument, ColoradoMonument 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 The driver los [...]
Con una narraci n muy sencilla y gil el libro me ha durado d a 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 qu pasar en el segundo, espero haberme pronto con l, lo bueno es que est n ya publicados en Espa a.
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 were all so un [...]
Someone please tell Emmy Laybourne thank you Monument 14 was everything it promised to be and so much 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 But, sadly, it [...]
Didn t connect to the storyline or characters because the cast was too large Meh.
Ho letteralmente divorato questo romanzo e ne sono rimasta particolarmente colpito Il punto di vista, la narrazione, i pensieri sono realmente quelli di un ragazzino e non c nulla che possa rendere possibile il paragonare fra questo libro ed altri distopici almeno, per quanto mi riguarda e per ci che io ho letto finora La caratterizzazione dei personaggi ottima ed ho apprezzato che, per la prima volta, si rendessero protagonisti giovani di diverse et , tutti con differenti personalit ed esperien [...]