June 16, 2013

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne: Book Review

Monument 14 (Monument 14, #1)
Rating: 3/5 stars
Summary (via goodreads):
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 togetherin 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.
I haven't read a post-apocalyptic book for a quite a while now so I was sort of looking forward to read this book. Sadly, This book was not as great as I hoped it would be. This book was a little too slow. Personally, I love to read post-apocalyptic books with a lot of action and suspense but this book lacked the suspense. The book was also kind of boring. With this genre, I hoped that the book would be more of a thriller but sadly that was not the case. One thing I did like was the plot behind the apocalypse, it was well written. The government creates dangerous contaminants and a natural disaster leads the chemicals to be released. I also liked the character developments for the most part. I just really did not like the main characters Astrid and Dean. Dean started off as being this responsible guy considering he was stuck in a building with a lot of little kids but as they realized death was imminent, he became really irresponsible and started going down the path of drug abuse. I also hated how a whole bunch of other issues arose such as (spoiler alert) rape, pregnancy and abandonment. I also hated the main character Astrid for a couple of reasons. She behaves inappropriately due to some exposure to the chemicals and when she regains sanity she goes AWOL. Instead of trying to apologize and show a good example for the kids, she decided to hide out & sulk and she decides that the only way to get rid of the pain is by sexually asserting herself to another irresponsible character. Also, the 13 year old girl in the book (We'll call her Sasha) was so damn annoying and unrealistic. She wore inappropriate clothes and tried to get high school seniors to do her. Overall, the plot behind the book was all right but the characters were very poorly written (except Ulysses). This book was not as thrilling as I hoped it would be. All in all, it was ok.

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