Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne

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Dean, Alex, and the other survivors of the Monument 14 have escaped the disaster zone and made it to the safety of a Canadian refugee camp. Some of the kids have even been reunited with their families and are making tentative plans for the future. Then, Niko learns that his lost love, Josie, has survived …
For Josie, separated from the group and presumed dead, life has gone from bad to worse. Trapped in a terrible prison camp with other exposed O blood types and traumatized by her experiences,she has given up all hope of rescue.
Meanwhile, scared by the government’s unusual interest in her pregnancy, Astrid – along with her two protectors, Dean and Jake – flees the camp to join Niko on his desperate quest to be reunited with Josie.
In a stunningly fierce conclusion to the Monument 14 trilogy, author Emmy Laybourne ups the stakes even more for a group of kids who have already survived the unthinkable. Can they do so one last time?”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers for sending me this book to read and share my honest opinion. This is the final book in the Monument 14 trilogy (you can read my previous reviews here). I was looking forward to immersing myself in this dangerous and damaged world once more but I was also looking forward to finding out if the characters would find happiness – I do like a happy ending!

This author always seems to have a clever way of reminding you what happened previously, this time it was in the form of a letter to the editor of a newspaper.

Once again, desperation and hopelessness were the initial feelings I got from the storyline. I couldn’t even begin to figure out what was in store for these characters who I had taken to heart throughout the trilogy. Each of them attempted to survive in a world that was in utter turmoil and the atmosphere as they did this was extremely tense. Their survival instincts were amazing and as I thought back to what each of them were like in the first book I could see just how far they’d come.

The storyline got my heart pounding on more than one occasion, especially during some of the more unpleasant moments, and as it all came together towards the end there was still time for some unexpected twists – I was surprised to find myself crying as I read the final pages!

The final book in this gritty trilogy was compelling and emotional, a truly thought-provoking read.

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Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Sky on fire

“Trapped inside a superstore, fourteen kids have worked together to create a refuge while a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and a terrifying chemical weapons spill, mean they cannot leave. Then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, but also bringing a glimmer of hope.

Knowing that the polluted air outside will turn them into bloodthirsty rage monsters, some of the kids decide to stay in the safety of the store. But their sanctuary has already been disturbed once …

The others, determined to find their parents, head out into the darkness and devastation in their recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety.

But the outside world is even worse than they expected . . .”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  After thoroughly enjoying the first book Monument 14 (my review here) I was chomping at the bit to read this one!

This began with a letter that refreshed my memory of the situation the kids were in when I left them at the end of the last book.  The feelings of desperation and fear soon came flooding back to me as I flipped through the pages.  There was much more to discover this time round as I got the point of view from the outside world as well as inside the supermarket, this was something I particularly enjoyed.

For me one of the most fascinating things about this story was how each blood type reacted to the chemicals in the air, it was just so imaginative and made the whole thing feel possible.  The way the kids dealt with everything that was thrown at them was inspiring, they stuck together through extremely difficult circumstances and I found myself feeling a motherly sort of pride towards them for all that they achieved.

The feeling of danger had my heart pounding and I couldn’t stop reading, I just had to find out what would happen next.  This is what I would call a visual book because it was so easy to picture each scene in my mind, I would definitely love to watch a movie version of this series.

Things became really intense towards the end, I was literally holding my breath (not very healthy, don’t try this at home) as I read through the final pages.  Then came the epilogue which was brilliant and left me desperate to read the next instalment Savage Drift which is due to be released in May 2014.

This was another exciting, gritty and fast-paced read.  It was definitely my kind of book!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Emmy Laybourne is an American novelist and a former character actress. She appeared as an actress in the movies Superstar and The In-Laws, the NBC series DAG and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend among others. Her debut novel Monument 14 was a NY Times Editor’s Choice and received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. Emmy lives in upstate NY, with her husband, their two children and a feisty, slightly judgmental bearded dragon named Goldie.

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Monument 14 – Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14

“Fourteen kids stranded inside a superstore. Inside they have everything they could ever need. There’s junk food and clothes, computer games and books, drugs and alcohol … and without adult supervision they can do whatever they want.
Sounds like fun? 

But outside the world is being ripped apart by violent storms and chemicals leaking into the atmosphere that, depending on blood type, leave victims paranoid, violent or dead. 

The kids must remain inside, forced to create their own community, unsure if they’ll ever be able to leave. Can they stop the world they’ve created inside from self-destructing too?”

Firstly I’d like to thank Hachette for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  I really liked the sound of it (I guess the idea of being locked in a superstore appealed to me :)) and I couldn’t wait to get started.

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Emmy Laybourne is an American novelist and a former character actress. She appeared as an actress in the movies Superstar and The In-Laws, the NBC series DAG and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend among others. Her debut novel Monument 14 was a NY Times Editor’s Choice and received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. Emmy lives in upstate NY, with her husband, their two children and a feisty, slightly judgmental bearded dragon named Goldie.

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Monument 14 is published on 4 April 2013 by Hodder Children’s Books and can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.