Monument 14 Trilogy
By:Emmy Laybourne| Amazon | Goodreads |
[ Summary ]: Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.
“Laybourne’s debut ably turns what could have been yet another post apocalyptic YA novel into a tense, claustrophobic, and fast-paced thriller.” (Publishers Weekly)
When Dean raced out the door to catch the school bus, he didn’t realize it would be the last time he’d ever see his mom. After a freak hailstorm sends the bus crashing into a superstore, Dean and a group of students of all ages are left to fend for themselves.
They soon realize the hailstorm and the crash are the least of their worries. After seeing a series of environmental and chemical disasters ravage the outside world, they realize they’re trapped inside the store.
Unable to communicate with the ones they love, the group attempts to cobble together a new existence. As they struggle to survive, Dean and the others must decide which risk is greater: leaving… or staying.
“Sometimes, when you'd least expect it, the grief would chop your legs out from under you.”
I finished the Monument 14 trilogy in January. I've owned the trilogy for years and just never felt like picking it up. But in December 2017, I really wanted to read some dystopian so I finally picked it up.
The books follow a group of kids who get stuck in a Walmart like superstore when a hailstorm hits which is basically the start of the deterioration of the Earth. I've heard very mixed things, so I wasn't expecting much when I started reading it, which was probably what got me to give it a higher rating than I expected.
There are quite a few characters in the books, and they are all under the age of 18. There is a group of high school kids, and a group of elementary kids. We follow Dean who is portrayed as a nerdy "outcast" of sorts. He was kind of a judgemental character to read from, if I'm totally honest. He has a tendency to judge different girls on how they dress and the guys on how they look. All of the characters were pretty stereotypical. We had the hot jock who was dating the beautiful popular girl who Dean the outcast was secretly in love with, so on and so forth. While I usually find this to be a very problematic situation, I didn't get that vibe in this series.
I enjoyed the development of some of the characters. I say some because very few actually developed. Dean becomes more of a respected protagonist which I was really rooting for.
The writing was simplistic, and easy. It flowed well and kind of read more like a middle grade than a young adult. Which leads me to say that this series is a fantastic bridge between the middle grade and young adult genres, especially for boys. I am constantly recommending this book to parents who are looking for series for their sons.
Overall, I do think this was fun and easy series to read. I was entertained and never felt myself getting bored or stuck. If you're interested in reading the series then I suggest you do it! But it isn't anything to run and purchase right away.