Saturday, June 23, 2012

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

A great post-apocalyptic book. A major catastrophic event occurs and causes a series of chain reaction events that cripple the Unites States ( perhaps the world?).  Think, major earthquakes, tsunamis, erratic weather conditions, toxic spills, etc...

Large hail falls from the sky, in Monument, Co, causing major damage and a group of school age children to seek refuge inside of a Greenway (Walmart) store. 14 kids, ranging from ages 4-17 are left to their own devices. They are cut off from the world and need to formulate a plan to survive.

The cast of characters is large --- however, Laybourne manages to give them each distinct voices. There is absolutely no way you can confuse the characters. There is quite a bit of chaos and struggle for power. There is a lot of action packed into this book but no ending. Yeah -- you know what that means --- a sequel. I can't wait!

Expect a degree of violence, blood and profanity.

Grade: A

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