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Monument 14
by Emmy Laybourne
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 13 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: HL590L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2012
NO. PAGES: 304
GENRE{S}: Science Fiction, Adventure, Dystopian Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Mixed
SERIES: Monument 14
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
ISBN: 0312569033
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon - StorySnoop


The Story
Monument 14—Book Review

It seemed like a day just like any other day. But nothing could be further from the truth. When disaster occurs, six high school kids, two eighth graders, and six young children take refuge inside of a chain superstore. As the world outside falls apart, these fourteen kids are all each other has. Can they work together to survive against all the odds? Or will panic and ego interfere, causing them to self-destruct?
The Scoop
Monument 14—Book Review
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Monument 14 is a post-apocalyptic novel with an interesting premise. What if kids were stuck inside a megastore? (Haven't we all wondered that at one time about ourselves?) What would the kids do? What shenanigans would they take part in? How would they pass their time? And if they had to, what would they do to survive? Add to this an action-packed and thrilling story, with characters who are well-written and very different, and you have not only an interesting story, but one that is hard to put down. Some of the characters are popular at school, while others are shy and bookish. The stress of the situation causes everyone to act in different ways. Simply put, some rise to the occasion valiantly, while the situation brings out the worst in others. One character raids the pharmacy, taking full advantage of steroids and painkillers, but this is not glorified. Some characters spend a night drinking, but regret it the next morning. There is violence, though not terribly graphic and some sexual situations. Dean, the narrator, spies on a couple making out with partial nudity and an attempted rape also occurs. Language is mild, and the extra naughty words are "x'ed" out. (For example, it reads like this: f-----). For this reason, this thrilling book is best left for the teen crowd. Fans of Monument 14 will be happy to know that the author is planning a sequel, Monument 14: Sky on Fire.
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