Tuesday, June 24

Monument 14

Monument 14
Emmy Laybourne
(Monument 14 #1)

My rating: ★★

ISBN: 9780312569037
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date of publication: June 5, 2012
Age: Grades 9 and up
Genre: Dystopian/Apocalyptic

Themes: natural disasters, apocalypse, order, community

First the deadly hail fell, and the school bus driver crashed through the Greenway to save the students. Then, a massive earthquake hits, destroying the nearby chemical weapons plant. With deadly poisons leaking into the air and water, the 14 students seal themselves into the department store and struggle to maintain some semblance of order. But how long will they be trapped inside? Is there anyone left to save them?

Put 6 teens, 2 pre-teens, and 6 little kids in a ginormous department store, and you’re going to get some major drama. Tedious drama. Dragging drama. Sure, there are some exciting scenes, and the characters are good (Josie was awesome). Yes, they’re facing the end of the world; angst is to be expected. But I’m not won over. It’s not my style. That being said, perhaps teen readers can better relate the angst of the teenage characters.

Warning: Explicit Content

If you really want to, find it at your library or on Amazon

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