[Clickey the cover for Goodreads!] Title: Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1) Author: Emmy Laybourne Publication: 2012, Feiwel & Friends
Summary:Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.
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. ...read more
Review: Thanks to a terrifying turn of apocalyptic events, fourteen kids ranging from elementary to high school age wind up imprisoned in a massive superstore. As biologically damaging chemicals and disastrous storms tear up the world outside, the trapped students find ways to keep alive. "Monument 14" does have quite the original and intriguing premise, despite the apparently unexciting superstore setting, |paused|
Side note: Okay, according to many people, the premise of the supermarket is apparently incredibly similar to Stephen King's "The Mist" that has a synopsis that goes: "trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world".) |resumed|however it just did not reach higher than ground level for me. Mediocre characters, a plot that goes stale, and a disappointing ending secured my final verdict for this one, unfortunately. "Monument 14" without a doubt handles a huge cast, and out of all the characters, some were appealing, others weren't, and the rest just proved to be unmemorable for me. There is nothing wrong with unlikeable characters, and with a cast this large, I believe that the author most definitely can afford it. It also shows a broader range of realistic personalities, so that is great. However, when all these characters fail to earn the faith and attention of me, the reader, then that is when the overall impact of the book plummets.
In addition, the main character did not grasp my interest either, even being a male first person POV. Instead, he gave a bland narration and soon, my mind started to blend him and the other characters together into a blob even when he stood apart from the others in the story. The cast wasn't entirely weak, but considering the number of characters introduced, the impression they made on me was just too faint. The initial swirl of events that plunked the cast inside the superstore made for an active and adrenaline-filled beginning. Overall, things happen, even once in the superstore setting is stabilized, yet soon after the first quarter of the book, I started to doze off. The plot moves forward, but combined with the two-dimensional narration from our male protagonist, it did not prove to be compelling enough for me. Also, many a turn of events was unoriginal-feeling and did not deliver a strong blow. Soon, the counted days in the story got repetitive and old and I found myself trudging along tiredly. However, the ending was what disappointed me the most. It was abrupt and blunt, an insulting cliffhanger that taunted me before I swatted it away with the decision that I no longer cared.
"Monument 14" definitely has a couple of good moments, but there are just too many fundamental problems that irked me. The diction was unfortunately plain and unrefined and considering the main hobby of the protagonist (writing), it didn't make sense to me at all. The plot that turned bland failed to hold my attention and the conclusion really made me smack myself on the head in frustration. Sadly, this apocalyptic novel did not gain enough depth or momentum for me to truly enjoy it.
Rating:✰✰ 2 Exhausted Hoots
Final Notes: I was taking a leap outside of my normal picks with this book and I really wasn't expecting to not like it. Perhaps it just wasn't my type of book because many people did turn out to like it just fine so don't let this negative review stop you if it sounds like your type of book. Thanks for reading! ♡ Vivian
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