Review: ‘Sky on Fire’ by Emmy Laybourne

Review: ‘Sky on Fire’ by Emmy LaybourneMonument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14 #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 28th, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Survival, Young Adult
Pages: 212
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought online
Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope.

Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . .

Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety. But the outside world is even worse than they expected. . . .

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When we left off in Monument 14, half of the kids left on a bus to get help and the other stayed behind in the Greenway. This time we see more of the rotting world and how truly desperate humans are to survive.

Reading this felt so real. That something as horrible as the end of the world could happen. What these characters went through are too realistic. Especially when they encounter other groups of people who want nothing but their resources and will leave them for dead. Not only did Emmy Laybourne show a different but violent side but also wrote with an emotional intensity that could only be found when people have lost hope. I also found it incredibly sad that the characters were just kids. Having to grow up in a world like the book’s setting can’t be easy. There were bright points in the book, such as the companionship of their little dog Luna who protected her family.

The book is told in dual perspectives of Dean and Alex. Each story ends up fused together in the end and I enjoyed how everything was unraveled in the end. It also hinted at another book so I’m also keen to know what happens to them all. The pacing was just right, wasn’t bored at all. And it was also a fast read.

Liked the two brother’s points of views!!

Fast-paced and a short read!

Loved the cover showing the bus and the moss.

Definitely a realistic plot!

Overall, the ending kept me excited for the next book!


My mother always said, look to how a boy treats his mother to see how he’ll treat you one day. (145)





  1. Anne Consolacion

    August 31, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    I did not like this series that much. Maybe because the pacing was so fast I did not have time to really get into the story. But I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

  2. Trix

    August 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    It sounds so intense!

  3. fatma shahin

    August 19, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    sounds so cool! the cover screams dystopian to me!

  4. Diana Grace

    August 8, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Thank you for a helpful, insightful review!

  5. Jaime Lynn

    July 31, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    I haven’t read the first book in this series yet, but I think that I should give it a shot. It has gotten so many great reviews, I think it is worth taking a chance on. Thank you for your review!

  6. Erika

    July 31, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    I haven’t started reading this series but the covers have gotten my attention. It seems like they have a lot of action. Maybe I’ll give them a try soon. Thanks for your thoughts!

  7. leeanna @ (@leaflette)

    July 31, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I really liked Monument 14, so I’m happy to hear the sequel is good!

  8. Cali W.

    July 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I have the first book and I haven’t read it yet, but I know I will like it. 😉 Great review!

  9. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    July 30, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I still have to read Monument 14 but I have heard nothing but amazing things about it, so I am very excited to pick it up. I’m glad this one was also very intriguing and realistic. Glad you enjoyed this!

    Great review! 🙂

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  10. Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    July 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    I can’t wait for the next book…I love this series!

  11. Sophia Rose

    July 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I have the first book on my wish list. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You said that it was very realistic so I’ll have to be in the right mood for this one.

  12. Rebecca Hipworth

    July 30, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Ooh, I didn’t realise that this was going to be a series. I really enjoyed the first book, so I’ll be sure to check this out. I love the cover: very dramatic.

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