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Monument 14 (Monument 14, #1)

by Emmy Laybourne

Rated: Moderate

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

At the beginning of the book, there isn’t much going on. It starts off with some very graphic and disturbing disasters, and I was worried that it was going to be overly realistic and not at all entertaining. That was, thankfully, not true. The point when I got to know all the characters was when I really started to fall in love with this book. There is such a colorful cast of characters that clash together in fun ways. It made me laugh out loud, even though there are truly terrifying things going on. Seriously. Like, the world is ending and I’m laughing my head off. I even read a few passages to my husband between laughs because he wanted to know what was so dang funny. But don’t get me wrong – even though there are some very funny moments, there are also some very touching moments that really got to me, especially the ones with the little kids.

The plot takes some turns and surprises that I really enjoyed. The realism is one of the very best parts of the book.  Laybourne’s attention to the details had me so invested in the story and made it hard for me to stop thinking about the book when I was done. She did an amazing job of balancing humor, fear and empathy while making all of the characters amazingly realistic. I’m absolutely convinced that Max is in existence somewhere on this earth. The writing was so enjoyable. It was succinct, visual, fast-paced and a lot of fun to read. Grab this book. I flew right through it in a day. I absolutely couldn’t put it down.

Rating: Moderate, for a suggestive scene with some nudity detailed briefly, some violence, mentions of drug use and some language.

— Reviewed by Jessica Ball

Jessica loves to read young adult fiction now that she's an adult since she read mostly adult fiction as a teenager. She's a stay-at-home mom who loves to read, cook, play the piano, and travel with her family.

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  • Monument 14 (Monument 14, #1)
  • by Emmy Laybourne
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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