Monday, September 23, 2013

{YA Minute Review} Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

 {YA Minute Review} Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

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, 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. (Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} Hardcover, 294 pages. Published June 5th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends. Source: library

{Rating} 2/5 - I didn't really like it

{Review} I was engrossed, I'll give it that but engrossed in that it was like watching a bus crash, but I couldn't connect with the characters or care what happened about them, most of them I flat out disliked. On the positive side, it had a big cast of characters and Laybourne did do a pretty good job of giving each of the characters distinct personalities. It also felt very adult for a YA book - sex, drugs, alcohol, assault, etc. There's a sequel, Sky on Fire, but I don't plan to read it. 

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