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Monument 14 is a book from 2012 by author Emmy Laybourne. It is a story about a group of kids dealing with catastrophic nature events. While nature unravels, a store becomes a safe haven for these kids during the events. With no adult supervision or help they try to make the most of the experience by using the resources the place offers for their survival.
Monument 14 is a simple and an entertaining read. I read it quickly because it keep me interested. One thing I have to emphasize is, I got tired of the story when I noticed girls were characterized as caregivers or as hormonal creatures. Girls can be leaders too and this author lost the opportunity to showcase that. Josie is the one character who fights that a little. In one scene, she requires to be included on the information they were receiving and also in the decision making. That is why although she is always the caregiver, I give her credit for making herself heard.
The setting is a good one. The store is a practical place to survive a cataclysm. Food, water, weapons and shelter can be easily found in a department store. On the other hand the natural events that propel the kids to take refuge need more development and to be believable, Nevertheless I simply decided to ignore that for the sake of entertainment.
If you like quick reads about natural disasters and cataclysm go ahead and read it, but these circumstances won't be the main event in the book. A little spoiler: There is a chapter called Blood Types. That chapter adds something interesting in the mix. I wonder, how does the author develops this idea in the other books of the Monument 14 YA series?
In the end, it entertained me so it can entertain you too.