Series: Monument 14 #1
Publisher: Hatchette Childrens Books
Publishing Date: April 4th 2013
Book: For Review*
Format: Advanced Reader Copy (ARC)
Genre: Young Adult (YA), Science Fiction, Dystopian, Survival, Adventure.
Reviewed For: Chicklish
Spoilers: *if you want to read the spoilers, highlights between the asterisks*
Blurb: 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 barrelling 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.
It’s no fun being stuck in a shopping mall with no adults around.
We may all dream of it at sometime in our life, the freedom, being able to do what you want, but when it comes down to it, no-one would want to be; and most of us – I hope – have never been.
Dean gets thrown in at the deep end when he and some little kids get trapped in a superstore and have to fend for themselves.
When I got offered this book to review I took it, not having read any of these ‘trapped in a school//mall stories’ before. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped, but it was overall an enjoyable read and I was pleasantly surprised when I found out it was written from a male POV having not read many lately, but as I said, I found out after quite a few pages.
At the beginning I had no idea whether the main character was a girl or a boy, so I have to admit, I flicked through a few pages until I saw a name given to the main character – Dean - then went back to where I had started.
It was a bit confusing at first, and although I now knew his name I kept forgetting because there was nothing to remind me but after a while I got used to it.
One thing that slightly annoyed me was the fact that the author kept repeating things, as if thinking we had such a lack of interest for her book that we had forgotten what had happened a few pages back. As I read in a review of this book by Giselle over at Xpresso Reads, "because, remember [...]" was used a lot, as if we weren’t smart enough to have caught on to what was happening.
Definitely a pet peeve of mine.
Overall Monument 14 was enjoyable, but not something I would pick if I had a choice of books in front of me. Some characters interested me and the main ‘catastrophes’ had promise, but after a few chapters everything fell a bit flat. The ending, though, did leave a little spark of
excitement curiosity in me so I will
read the sequel just to see what happens.
*Thank you to Luisa for sending this to me in exchange for an honest review