Review: ‘Monument 14’ by Emmy Laybourne

I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Monument 14’ by Emmy LaybourneMonument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14 #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on June 5th, 2012
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Survival, Young Adult
Pages: 394
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
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 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.

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What caught my eye about this particular novel was that it was set in a time where the world went into chaos. Imagine a volcano erupting causing tsunamis, earthquakes, storms, and even wiping out the entire east coast. Millions of people dead, injured and missing. In the light of the world, children survive. With the help of a bus driver, she gets them to safety, secure at a super store called Greenway. They have every amenity they could possibly have and still last for years. Only 14 of these children and teens have survived. The main character being Dean, a lanky boy who loves to read, we follow his story of being trapped inside a store with others and finding the will to survive when adults are not there to take the lead.

I quite enjoyed this take of a post-apocalyptic novel with a whole new twist. What happens when chemicals in the air and water turn different blood types into savages? An insane suborning of violent ensues. Most of the book was the day-to-day musings of life inside the store which wasn’t as boring as I thought. The teens helping the children, keeping them calm and safe. I happen to enjoy the fact that Dean was the dependable one and wasn’t the leader, just because it felt better to read his point of view.

If you enjoy Lord of the Flies, you’ll find similar occurrences in this novel. What happens when adults aren’t around to take charge? Find out by picking up Monument 14.



Sometimes, when you’d least expect it, the grief would chops your legs out from under you.
She gave me a smile. A shining golden smile, flashing in the center of our dark, lost world.





  1. Teresa S.

    March 25, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    I absolutely loved this book! The second book, Sky On Fire was just as good! I’m dying for the final book, Savage Drift!

  2. neednewspace

    August 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I just started reading Monument 14 and am enjoying it so much! It reminds me a little of an updated, futuristic version of Lord of The Flies. I’m about halfway through so I’ll withhold my rating until I’m done. I’m curious to see how it ends mostly because I have Book 2 sitting on my shelf to read immediately following this one. 😉

  3. Cali W.

    May 27, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Cool review! I have this book, but i haven’t read it yet. It’s in that old TBR pile. 🙂 I like Lord of the Flies, so I think the book will be a nice light read.

  4. Grace Lo

    October 23, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    This sounds like a very enjoyable read! The synopsis is a bit vague so I really didn’t know what to expect, but this review cleared a lot of things up! Sounds like a ton of post-apocalyptic reads I love, and can’t wait to read it!

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