Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Monument 14 Review

Monument 14

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.

What I Liked
When I was reading the book I kept thinking of a modernized and more tame version of Lord of the Flies, but in a supermarket instead of on an unpopulated island. Monument 14 contains some opposite character personalities and how different people will coupe with life threatening situations. The book is filled with survival, some violence and interesting situations.
Dean: The Stable/Dependable One: I have to admit for some reason when I started reading the book I though our character was a girl, no gender specific notations were made to make me think other wise until a few chapter in when the character was referred to him being Sr and his brother Jr. After I got over that and I had switch my gender perceptions I did have a hard time loving Dean, I liked his character, but I'm not the hugest fan of nonathletic nerdy boys. I did feel sorry for him, he was the unnoticed guy that becomes the "gofer" (go for this go for that) in the book. But in situations like these a dependable and stable character is needed.
Niko: The Leader: Every bad situation needs to have "The Boy Scout" the one who knows how to take control, asses the situation and save them all. He may have been a tight ass on many things, but I personally would gravitate more towards this type of person. 
Jake and Brayden: The Idiots: The ones who cause the most problems for the group and their survival. Hate these guys.
Josie: Momma Hen: The one who takes care of the little ones, I would mostly take up this position.

Didn't Like
At a few points in the book I wasn't sure if I would be able to finished the book, not because it wasn't good but because I got so into it and I was getting stressed out by some of the things that where happening to these poor kids. I don't handle thriller end of the world disaster movies and books very well, but I'm glad I worked my way through it because I did thoroughly enjoy the book.

A book to be read for sure. No romance in this book at all though.

June 5th 2012

Monument 14 Series
Monument 14
Monument 14: Sky On Fire summer 2013
not sure long the series will be

What type of person would you be in a disaster?



Elodie said...

Thanks for he lovely review :) !! This book sounds prety good. I like reading books with no romance in them from time to time .. :)

Bookluvr Mindy said...

I've seen mixed reviews about this one. So I take it that you had some major anxiety while reading it? I own this one but I'm unsure when I'll get around to reading it.

Brasil said...

Something I was very impressed with was how each character had such a distinct personality. Making each person in a group as large as 14 people stand out seems like a huge feat to me. I was worried I would get confused and have the characters all mixed up, or forget about some of them entirely. Early on, though, the author gave us pieces of each one that would help us remember. She gave them all a certain quirk or trait that held them apart from everyone else. For example, Alex - he was a genius with electronics. Chloe - she was a whiner. Max - he had horror stories galore of his neglectful parents (but didn't actually realize they were horror stories). Brayden - he was the asshat of the group, pure jerkitude. I could go on, but the point is, each person had a place. It was simple, even from the very beginning, to keep them all organized in my head.

There is a small element of "romance" in the story. It's done differently than I would have expected, but I enjoyed it none the less. Astrid, popular blonde gal, has held Dean's interests for years. He secretly covets her from afar while she is having a relationship with another high schooler trapped in the store with them. There is a huge surprise at the end involving these three and I think it added a lot to the story and paved the way for an entirely new disaster in book 2. I am anxious to see how the situation pans out... very anxious!