Review: Monument 14

Monument 14
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Hardcover, 294 pages
HL590L

Monument 14 is a post-apocalyptic story that takes readers through the apocalyptic events — hailstorms, earthquakes, tsunamis and a chemical spill — that leave fourteen kids trapped in a Wal-Mart like superstore. It feels like a post-apocalyptic Lord of the Flies, with the addition of craziness when an agent that was designed for bio-warfare is released from containment and into the air and it’s making people a little crazy. (That might be an understatement.)

When I was making my notes for this book, the note I kept coming back to was about Astrid. Even though Dean, the protagonist, has a thing for her and has been leaving her food and whatnot, I actually forgot about her for most of the book. I’m sure it’s hard to decide who to feature with fourteen characters, but as big a part as she was of Dean’s life, I didn’t feel for her, or for his lack of relationship with her at all.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad read, but I’m not rushing out to get the second one.

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