Monday 25 November 2013

***Review*** Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Released: April 4th 2013
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Series: Yes #1 in the Monument 14 series
Source: From the Publisher
Format: ARC
Find at: Goodreads | Amazon UK | The Book Depository

Many thanks to the Publisher for my review copy, this is in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong ...
Fourteen kids stranded inside a superstore. Inside they have everything they could ever need. There's junk food and clothes, computer games and books, drugs and alcohol ... and without adult supervision they can do whatever they want.
Sounds like fun?

But outside the world is being ripped apart by violent storms and chemicals leaking into the atmosphere that, depending on blood type, leave victims paranoid, violent or dead.

The kids must remain inside, forced to create their own community, unsure if they'll ever be able to leave. Can they stop the world they've created inside from self-destructing too?

 My Review:

Wow! What an explosive book this is.  Fast paced and exciting all the way through.  The tension runs high and I just had to finish this book ASAP, just to see where it would end up.  One of my top books of the year and it deserves a five star rating.  I don't give five stars very often but this one merits it.

The characters are great and are such a mixed bunch.  You have to take a step back sometimes and realise really they are children, children who a thrown into such a horrible situation some adults would have struggled to cope with.  Natural leaderships take place and you get the usual power struggle but I loved it.  True character have flaws, well true to life ones do.  And some of these flaws really show up in these bad bad circumstances.  Throw in the chemical reactions some of the blood types have and it really hikes up the drama.

I have to confess at the beginning of the book I did think one character was a girl, yeah I got fooled, but as the story unfolds I did have a lightbulb moment when I realised it was a boy.

If you want a light easy book step away from Monument 14, this is not light, this is not easy.  It is chaotic fast paced and will leave you a bit emotionally exhausted.  Believe me you will enjoy the rollercoaster of a ride.

I highly recommend this book and think that it does deserve all the praise I have lavished on it.  It's awesome and please check it out! 

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Amazing book.  Top rated and will be one of my top books of the year.

My Thoughts on The Cover:
I think it is great.  It's so eye catching and would stand out in any bookshop.  I would certainly be drawn to this cover.


DMS said...

Sounds like a great book! Love that it is so action packed. I saw someone reading this recently, and now I will have to pick up a copy. Thanks for sharing. ;)

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Wonderful review Jenny, this is a book/series that I want to read. I love that is was complicated and engaging.

Chocolate Chunky Munkie said...

It was an excellent book!

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