Description from Goodreads: The world hasn’t ended…yet.
In this sequel to MONUMENT 14, the group of survivors, originally trapped together in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, has split in two. Most of the kids are making a desperate run on their recently repaired school bus for the Denver airport where they hope to reunite with their parents, be evacuated to safety, and save their dying friend.
But the world outside is dark and filled with dangerous chemicals that turn people into bloodthirsty monsters, and not all the kids were willing to get on the bus. Left behind in a sanctuary that has already been disturbed once, the remaining kids try to rebuild the community they lost. But when the issues are life and death, love and hate, who can you really trust?
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.