Teen Review: “Monument 14” by Emmy Laybourne

When a series of extreme natural disasters hit, the only thing keeping 14 kids alive is a gigantic grocery store they are shut away in. On his way to school, the bus Dean is riding in crashes when crazy big hail starts to fall. The elementary school bus in front makes it safely to the store, and the driver comes to help rescue the surviving high schoolers from their destroyed bus. The kids are locked in by metal gates on the store, and their minitabs, sort of like iPads, are no longer working. This means the Network is no longer working. This means trouble. Luckily, there is a fat screen TV in the store, and they are able to find out what is going on outside. A chemical plant has gone off, and the air is laced with chemicals that will do terrible things to you, depending on your blood type. The kids-young, old, popular or not-must work together to keep themselves alive and create a community. But they can’t stay there for forever. At some point, their precious resources will run out. I really enjoyed this book and how you get to know each individual character and see how they react with others. Could you survive?

Aedan, Central TLLC, 16

"Monument 14" by Emmy Laybourne book cover


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