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Gr 9 Up-Take your everyday apocalyptic story, put some high school and middle school students and kindergarteners together on a bus, hurtle them into a giant supermarket, sprinkle a contamination epidemic, and you get Laybourne's thriller (Feiwel & Friends, 2012). Sophomore outcast Dean narrates the ordeal as he struggles to look out for his brother, keep an eye on his crush, and keep order as major issues arise (contaminated air and water, murderers on the outside, lice). What makes this different from other doomsday titles is its ability to create a solid family amongst the different ages of characters that all look out for the youngest of survivors. Each of the discs begins and ends with an eerie instrumental piece, while Todd Haberkorn's careful narration shows limited emotion as the harrowing events unfold. A few sexual situations and carnage descriptions make this appropriate for slightly older teens. The audio ends abruptly with a cliff-hanger, hinting at a sequel. Fans of Susan Pfeffer's Life as We Knew It (Harcourt, 2006) or Ashfall (Tanglewood, 2011) by Mike Mullin will enjoy Laybourne's debut novel. Purchase where demand for dystopian fiction is high.-Amanda Schiavulli Finger Lakes Library System, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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“...a combination survival and apocalyptic story.” ―VOYA

“...a real thriller…” ―Booklist

“…Laybourne's debut ably turns what could have been yet another postapocalyptic YA novel into a tense, claustrophobic, and fast-paced thriller.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred

“...intriguing beyond the survival elements...” ―Horn Book

“...readers will eagerly await the second volume. ” ―Kirkus

“Concise, clear, and riveting. A cliff-hanger ending leaves readers devastated but breathlessly awaiting the sequel. A stellar addition to any collection.” ―School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Series: Monument 14 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250027381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250027382
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I don't know that I can say enough good things about this book. It takes place in a not so distant future where virtually all knowledge and communication is carried over The Network. Once the natural disasters start coming, the Network goes down...and fourteen survivors...fourteen children...end up trapped inside a superstore with no way to communicate with the outside world.

As many of you know...I didn't start reading Young Adult fiction until I started this blog last year (no not even when I actually was a young adult did I read YA) and perhaps due to that fact I always go into a new YA book with a bit of trepidation. Will the voice be too young for me, will I be able to relate, will it just be too teen for me...? Some YA reads really do seem to appeal more exclusively to a younger audience and others are written in such a way that they transcend age barriers and have a much wider appeal. This is definitely one such book!

First of all I can find no fault at all with Emmy Laybourne's writing style...which is always the first thing I notice when picking up a book. Monument 14 flows beautifully, the dialogue sounds authentic and I absolutely loved Dean's voice. It was distinctly male (though written by a female) yet I had absolutely no difficulty getting drawn right into the story and connecting with him.

The pacing of the book is completely perfect, with the disasters occurring outside the superstore and within, providing the perfect framework for what to me was the real crux of the story: The kids.
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Format: Hardcover
MONUMENT 14 was not a book I exactly had on my radar. In fact, when I read the synopsis for this book, my first thought was of a kids' show from New Zealand called The Tribe - kids orphaned by an apocalyptic event who mostly inhabit a mall in Wellington. But that's beside the point. Besides, they dress up in funny outfits and face paint and are in a "tribe". Still, beside the point. Emmy Laybourne's book was not on my radar until a fateful tweet landed this one in my hands, and what can I say? I was pleasantly surprised.

Following Dean, a young guy thrown into the apocalypse a few years into the future while on the school bus with several other kids, MONUMENT 14 follows - you guessed it - 14 kids living in Monument, Colorado as their bus crashes into a superstore in the middle of a hailstorm. Their driver leaves to find help and never returns, but things quickly begin to spiral out of control. Freak earthquakes, chemical weapons spills, choking black clouds of gas...

I am going to admit it. My favorite part of this book was finding out what bad would befall these children. Giant hailstones! Massive earthquakes! Extreme sadness! Chemical weapons than alter minds and bodies! Okay, some of it was a bit unbelievable. The chemical weapons especially. But Laybourne totally packs a punch with the bad things that happens to these kids, and that is not the least of it.

I enjoyed the honesty of this book. From Dean's voice, which sounded almost like an ADHD-addled kid (very boy-esque), to the mental state of victims of trauma, it felt very real. At the same time, this was an issue I had. The book focused too much on the problems these kids experienced, from finding out how to survive in this brave new world to simple stuff.
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I wasn't going to toss my two cents into the mix, but I didn't see anybody having the troubles with this story that I did. I thought I would add in, for people like me.

I thought the story was well enough written, by that I mean the writing was very readable. The characters were more meh, than compelling but again, the writing was good enough for me to go on reading.

The issuses I had were these.....I am NOT a science person, and if the story is interesting enough, I can give the author a pass. This was very, very tough to do with this book, however. A volcano causes a mega-tsunami that wrecks the East coast of the US. I assume it also rips up Western Europe, Cuba, Jamaica, and flattens Florida but this is not mentioned at all. This is somehow related to ginormous hail falling in Colorado? What? Which also triggers an enormous earthquake, again in Colorado? A giant wave of water triggers an earthquake in the middle of the country? Apparently not in California, or in any of the other hot spots the US has, but Colorado. Again, I am not a science person, but jeeze. And in the meantime, what is the whole rest of the world doing?

After the kids take shelter in a Walmart type store, the riot doors come down? The riot doors? Does your walmart have riot doors? Because mine sure doesn't.

But yeah, this is all fantasy, and I can wink at the holes in logic big enough to drive a fleet of 18 wheeler's through. I can even overlook the 8 year old master chef, who is a Christian and therefore judgmental and mean (although I have to say, I am exhausted of it - can you imagine the outcry if instead of Christianity getting slammed it was Islam or Judaism?
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