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Monument 14 (Monument 14 Trilogy 1) Paperback – 4 Apr 2013
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This afternoon I made the mistake of reading the first chapter, it was a fatal mistake as the housework I was planning on doing fell swiftly to the wayside as I became absorbed in this strange new world.
The story is based in the town of Monument which is located in the American Rockies, the story really does kick in quickly as we meet our narrator Dean and his brother Alex as they start their journey to school via those iconic yellow school buses.
Alex, the youngest is on one bus and his older brother takes the other, their journey starts without incident until the hail starts. Hail stones of massive proportion that cave in the bus roof and cause chaos, the driver of the bus hauls ass to the nearest place of safety, the giant Greenway superstore.
The superstore car park quickly becomes a place of carnage as Dean's bus careers out of control on to its side with dire consequences for some of his fellow classmates, Dean can only watch in horror from his place in the upturned bus as he sees his brother's bus driven in to the front of the superstore.
He thinks this is it, he has had it but his time isn't up yet, he is pulled from the wreckage and launched in to the bus that went in to the front of the superstore, it has came back for them. Once he is in the store he sees his brother has made it along with 12 other kids ranging in ages from 5 to about 16/17 and not forgetting the teacher who was driving the bus, Mrs Wooly.
The moods are not the best, the younger ones want their parents, the older ones want answers, what the hell just happened? Well till they find out the are just going to have to make the best of a bad situation, bed down in the store and make use of its ample supplies.
It is a mega store and it has everything from pizza to Barbie's Dream House plus a handy tech department where they find an antiquated television still working and it is picking up CNN, they discover from this what has happened.
A volcano has erupted on the Canary Island of La Palma, the eruption has gone off with so much force that the western edge had exploded sending billions of tons of rocks and stuff in to the ocean. This has resulted in a mega tsunami which headed straight for the eastern seaboard of the United States, all those cities wiped out in an instant.
Our kids are devastated, well the ones old enough to understand what this means. They also discover that the weather was affected in the states hence the giant hail stones. On the plus side the weather has cleared outside, it couldn't get any worse could it?
Mrs Wooly decides that now will be a good time to go for help and leaves the oldest kid in charge, not long after she leaves the worse comes along. Military chemicals have leaked from nearby NORAD, crazy chemicals that affect everybody differently depending on their blood type.
For some it does nothing, for others it turns them psychotic and murderous. As long as the kids can stop the air from outside getting in they should be fine but it starts to get in the water with some drastic effects.
These 14 kids need to survive, this book explores the first twelve days of their lives stuck inside as they deal with getting to know each other. This of course involves bitching, lusting, drinking, getting high, major crazy shoplifting and some serious temper tantrums.
Of course they aren't the only survivors and when the inside wants to come in it isn't going to be a good thing.
Monument 14 is a fantastic read, the dystopian genre is overloaded with so many similar books it was nice to read something a little different. The group had so many different personalities in it and this made for a wonderful crazy dynamic plus I love the idea of being stuck in a superstore with all that food and drink (and books!!).
A great read!
The action started quickly with a massive hail storm causing problems for two school buses and the kids who were passengers. The kids who survived the ordeal were forced to seek shelter in a superstore - this was just the beginning of a crazy, scary adventure that would affect their lives forever.
As the group settled into life in the store they discovered through an old TV in the media department just what was happening in the outside world, it was at this point that they realised they were in the best place. Natural disasters and a serious chemical leak added the fear factor and excitement to the storyline, I was completely hooked!
The characters were a blend of ages with various social standings and backgrounds yet in the face of disaster they managed to make things work. I loved reading about how they made the store habitable, I could visualise it all so clearly especially the sleeping area . The map of the superstore inside the front page also helped me picture the layout in my mind and I found myself turning back to it whenever I wanted to refresh my memory.
I was mesmerised by this crazy world that the group of kids found themselves in, part of me was really excited by the whole idea and the other part just felt scared for them all - it created a mixture of emotions within me.
I couldn't stop reading this fantastic story and finished it in less than a day, I think it would make a great movie! The ending was really unexpected and left me wanting more, I can't wait for the next book Sky on Fire to be released!
This was a fast-paced read that kept me on the edge of my seat, I would definitely recommend it.
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