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Review: Monument 14

Monument 14
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another good one in the newest YA movement that depicts the actual apocalyptic event instead of just the civilization that develops after the catastrophe. Clever of Laybourne to strand the children in a super store and so not having to endow any of them with unrealistic abilities or skills (like archery) they wouldn’t have had in a technology dependent society. I enjoyed the realistic aspect of the event itself-weather anomalies paired with seismic events causing human’s own hubris of chemical weaponry to put the final horrific spin on the disaster. The children and teens must use their ordinary talents to keep themselves alive in an extraordinary situation. Most of the story rings true and the ending leaves readers wishing they immediately had the next book on their bedside table.

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One thought on “Review: Monument 14

  1. I have always been drawn to dystopian novels and tv shows, finding it fascinating the ingenuity people display in how they survive. And how people fight to survive just to continue suffering through hunger, loneliness, fear… The author always has to provide some hope or it can be really difficult to read. Thanks for recommending this book. I will have to check it out.

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