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Product Details

  • Series: Monument 14 Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312569033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312569037
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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

More About the Author

Emmy Laybourne is a novelist, teacher and recovered character actress. Emmy's first series, MONUMENT 14, tells the story of fourteen kids from Monument, CO who are trapped in a superstore as civilization collaspese outside the gates. The sequel, MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE, picks up the story as some of the kids leave to try to make it to an evacuation site in Denver, while others are forced to remain behind.

Trivia: if you think Emmy sort of looks like Mary Catherine Gallagher's best friend from the movie Superstar, you're right! Emmy played Helen Lewengrub in that fine film, along with many other delightful bit roles. Please visit her website at www.emmylaybourne.com to learn more about Emmy, her work as a comedian and to find links to free short stories and more.

Customer Reviews

Would recommended this book to kids ages 13+.
G Hansen
There were a lot of little things that bothered me a bit about it, but nothing major and nothing that I really feel like going into because it's just me being picky.
Amy
The variety of characters and their specific personalities were written very well.
S Day

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf on June 5, 2012
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Megan @ Book Brats on June 9, 2012
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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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. Wilson on July 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is written for 13 and older however this review is coming from a mom in my 30s. I love a good dystoian book or end-of-the-world story. I really thought the back and forth bickering and just constant conversations between the kids made this book more of a teen/juvenille book. The first 3 chapters are GREAT. Then not much goes on until the last 3 chapters, which were really interesting too. But the middle was just a bunch of nothing and I ended up skimming most of it just to get through it. You learned how they functioned in a great big store and what they did with their time. I wished more was described what went on outside that we could read about. I also did not really care about most of the characters.

Lastly, even though I thought this was targeted for a younger audience than myself, there were atleast 2 situations where a sexual act was about to take place (though the written was very mild in that regard it still should be brought to other's attention). I only mention this because as in the book Ashfall, I let me 11 year old boy read the book first then I read it myself and can't believe I recommended these books to him. There were some deaths however I didn't think it was ever too gross... Language wasn't terrible - but there was some sprinkled throughout.

It was not a terrible book and the plot was very interesting but I'm glad it was only a library book that I read. Not sure I will pick up a sequel when/if it is ever released... Good young adult books I would recommend - Blood Red Road, Divergent, Graceling, Grave Mercy, and Shadow and Bone, The Testing, and In the After.
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