Monument 14 - Monument 14, Bk 1 Author:Emmy Laybourne Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong. — In Emmy Laybourne's action-packed debut novel Monument 14, 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 escalatin... more »g disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world -- as they know it -- apart.« less
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I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a frightening scenario with a realistic chain of events caused by Mother Nature. There were some likeable characters, especially among the young children. But they were kids looking after each other and making crucial survival decisions and I had trouble accepting that they were able to protect themselves so effectively from the chemical exposure even though they experienced some consequences from it. It takes place over a period of 12 days mostly cut off from the outside world with little news of events. It doesn't quite tie up all the loose ends, but wraps up with a sense of hope.