#1 in the Monument 14 Trilogy
2012 Square Fish (Feiwel & Friends) a branch of Macmillan
294 pgs. (plus 40+ afterwards)
YA Dystopian Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 3.84 (6,000+ ratings)
My Rating: 4.5 Really liked it a lot - super entertaining
Setting: 2024 Monument, Colorado - just outside Colorado Springs
1st paragraph: "Your mother hollers that you're going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don't stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don't thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not - you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner."
My comments: :It's been a long time since I read a book in one (long) sitting. But this one grabbed me right from the start and I was totally entertained until the last page. Fourteen kids trapped in a superstore while the air outside is filled with all sorts of nasty chemicals that affect them in different ways. Crazies trying to force themselves in. Survival. A bully. A couple of jocks. A nerd. A reader. A hottie. A techie. A non-English speaker. A Bible-thumper. A loudmouth know-it-all. A couple of sweeties. All ranging in ages from 5 to 17. All told in the voice of one of the high-schoolers, an imperfect(yay!), though thoughtful young man. However, the added-on 40+ pages at the end were totally unnecessary. This is a GREAT story for a YA reluctant reader!
Goodreads Review Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong. In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.