Title: Monument 14
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Feiwel & Friends (June 5, 2012)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher
Genre: YA Dystopian
My Rating: 4 Stars
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
hurdle 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.
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.
It seems lately that the market is
flooded with new dystopian novels. Every where you look some one
somewhere is coming out with something. It is getting to the point
that it is hard to find something that hasn't been done before and
that doesn't seem like all the others.
I like dystopian, I really do but it
isn't always my favorite genre to read about, I think mainly because
at times it comes off too depressing and heartbreaking and I find I
need to take a good long breather from the genre before starting
And even though I had just finished a
great dystopian, the premises for this one was just calling out to me
and I knew I needed to start it.
This really is different from the other
dystopians out there. For one it is told through the point of view of
a boy, something I am always saying is lacking in the YA genre. I
have no idea why this is. Maybe more girls read this genre therefore
the authors make the main characters girls more of the time? Or maybe
because a lot of the authors are women themselves so it is just
easier writing from a point of view of a woman.
I have no idea but, it is refreshing to
find the POV coming from a boy every now and then, even if I myself,
don't always relate to them, it is just nice to have something
different, something to mix it up a little.
The author definitely did that.
This book isn't only about a boy
though, it is in fact about a group of kids, 14 of them in fact,
ranging in age from around 5 to 16 all from a small town in Monument,
What I liked about this story was that
it felt real, all the emotions of the characters, the situations of
putting all those different ages and personalities together in one
place under the conditions that they were in, it never felt too far
out there or too unrealistic.
I think having it told through Dean,
just like a normal teenage boy would talk to a friend really helped
with that as well and although there were some very real situations,
not all happy and carefree, this never felt depressing. Yeah things
were pretty horrible and crazy but they made the best of it and they
There were some really great characters
in this story and they all had different weaknesses and strengths
that all came together to create a pretty united front.
The only downside to this story was how
it ended. It just didn't feel over to me, like maybe it started to
get a little rushed and there wasn't any real solution. Yeah they had
a plan but I would have liked an epilogue I think. Something to say
what happened to them in the end.
What happened to the kids, Mrs. Wooly,
the parents? The ones that stayed, the ones that left?
I don't know. I think it could have had
a little better of an ending.
Who knows, maybe there will be a sequel
and that is why it was left as it was? Or maybe we are just suppose
to imagine our own ending, good or bad.