Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

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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.

 

About Emmy Laybourne

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Emmy Laybourne is a screenwriter, lyricist, and actress. She has acted in movies, television, and improv groups including Chicago City Limits. She lives in Chestnut Ridge, New York, with her husband and their two children. Monument 14 marks her fiction debut. Visit her online at www.emmylaybourne.com
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A staggering natural disaster maroons a handful of teens and younger children in a suburban Colorado big-box department store.

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Publishers Weekly

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Actress/screenwriter Laybourne’s debut ably turns what could have been yet another postapocalyptic YA novel into a tense, claustrophobic, and fast-paced thriller. In the not-too-distant future, a sudd

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The New York Times

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The young people in two Y.A. novels find a retail refuge — or a trap.

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The New York Times

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its collapse is the first sign something is awry since, as we learn, “the Network had never, ever gone down.” After surviving a horrific morning school bus crash caused by a freak hailstorm, Dean Grieder, a high school junior who is the book’s narrator, and 13 other surviving children find themse...

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The Guardian

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Every so often new challenges arose that they would have to overcome, and the wide age range of characters did provide interesting details of how the catastrophe was experienced from various points of view.I think that fans of dystopian/survival stories will definitely enjoy the novel, especially...

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Teen Reads

Despite surviving a deadly hailstorm and finding a way to at least temporarily resist the chemical’s effects on their bodies, brothers Alex and Dean and their friends have only just begun to figure out what it means to survive the apparent end of the world.

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Teen Reads

Since, in this near-future setting, it is now the law for all students to ride buses to school, Dean's bus carries passengers including football hero Jake, champion swim team diver (and Dean's dream girl) Astrid, activist Josie, bully loudmouth Brayden, and "Brave Hunter Man" Niko.

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Common Sense Media

Even in their dire situation, sex is on the minds of Dean and the other older characters in Monument 14.

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Deseret News

She is part of the group of young adult authors coming to Salt Lake City on June 11, 2012, as part of the "Fierce Reads" tour.

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Dark Faerie Tales

Laybourne tried really hard to make all the characters in Monument 14 real without devoting too much time away from our main character, and she did a great job of it.

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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.

Jul 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Monument 14

Annette's Book Spot

I think each book should have their own little story arc with an ending, so that you are in a good place when finishing the book, but still eager to pick of the next ...

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At the start of MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE, the 14 survivors of the mysterious disaster that hit Monument, Colo., have split into two groups.

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May 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Monument 14

Chick Loves Lit

More than any other song, this is the song I think of when I think of Dean, the narrator (and co-narrator) of the MONUMENT 14 Series.

May 24 2013 | Read Full Review of Monument 14

Chick Loves Lit

I am happy to report it doesn’t leave off at as much of a cliffhanger as the first book, but it does leave the possibility of a third book, which I am intrigued about because I haven’t heard anything.

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Project MUSE

(Now, that's more like it.) While narrator Dean lusts after Astrid, his computer-geek brother rigs an old-school television to monitor the news, several kids have reactions to the airborne chemicals, the football stars get stoned (handy, that pharmacy), desperate outsiders try to break in, little...

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Isn't it funny how the things that some readers love about a book will be exactly what others may hate!

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... In Emmy Laybourne's action-packed debut novel, six high school kids ... did get Monument 14, I'd just finished This Is Not A Test (see my review ...

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Esther's Ever After Blog

I have not read any post-apocalyptic books yet, so i can't wait to read this book!

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I missed this debut until it made it onto my friend and colleague Jennifer Hubert's annual Reading Rants (www.readingrants.org) "Best of" List. In Monument, CO, the day started just like any other for Dean and his younger brother Alex: on the school bus. Then, only minutes

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