Quick Thoughts: “Monument 14”

“Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1)” by Emmy Laybourne

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Post Apocalyptic

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GoodreadsSource: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

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.



  • Story reads pretty juvenile so it’s a bit jolting to come across the violence and sexual content.
  • Very readable. You find yourself wanting more. It would make for a good movie.
  • Characters were kind of blah. They felt a bit flat. They were like stereotypes.
  • I always enjoy seeing things fall apart so it was interesting seeing how the author imagined the world falling apart. It did seem like a bit much though. There was a tsunami and an earthquake and a chemical leak?
  • Things were almost too easy for them. They’re locked in a superstore with everything under the sun in it?

The bottom line? Readable and enjoyable but not amazing or loveable.

4 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts: “Monument 14”

  1. I find that I’m more bothered by violence or sex when they feel out of place in a book. I like it better if they’re clearly necessary for the story and that usually means those parts should flow as well as everything else.

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