Series: Monument 14 #2
Published by Feiwel and Friends on May 28th, 2013
Genres: post apocalyptic, science fiction, young adult
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Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope. Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . .Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a 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. . . . Monument 14: Sky on Fire is the second installment Emmy Laybourne's thrilling series.
I should have known that reading Sky on Fire was going to be a bad idea. I didn’t really love the first book in the series, but it ended in a way that made me have to continue with the series. And I found out. And no, I didn’t care. I shouldn’t have. The writing declined in such a visceral way that I found myself cringing more than once. I’ll get to that shortly, but I also need to mention that if you are a fan of writing and great prose, you won’t find it here. There are very few paragraphs longer than two sentences. The book is almost entirely in dialogue. There is very little imagery, sensory language, and the writing is incredibly juvenile in a really obvious way. Second books are supposed to improve on the first and this one just got worse.
If you weren’t a fan of the characters in the first one or you couldn’t connect to them, it won’t get better. There is very little character development in this one. It’s just moving from place to place. The characters don’t grow at all, except for Astrid, and that’s just a tiny bit. I guess if you really liked the first book, you may like this one, but I was not impressed.
“There was the body of the dad. He was lying on top of a rock. He’d fallen on it during his fight with Josie and he must have broken his neck, because his head was cocked to the side and he was looking up at the sky with an open mouth like he was stargazing.
But, no, he was not looking at the sky. He was dead.”
“His eyes were the color of yellow mud.”
“Right before Castle Rock, there was a long stretch of open highway. (“Open” meaning that there was one clear lane with no obstacles to go around.)”
“He wheeled toward Monument and I held on and even though I am agnostic, I prayed.”
Oh, and I am so done with this series because there was this ridiculous cliffhanger on the end. The series should have ended there. Not EVERYTHING has to end perfectly. You can leave things a little open ended. I just can’t. It was SO STUPID. I can’t read another word. And I don’t hate read, usually. That’s just not me. So those of you that choose to continue, I wish you luck. You’ll need it.