Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Length: 294 pages
Genera: Science Fiction
Subjects: Chemical Leaks, Survival, Apocalyptic

[Goodreads Summary}
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.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

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.

This book had the potential to be something awesome. Instead, it turned out to be a huge, ginormous ripoff.

Let me tell you something about myself. My favorite series (excluding Harry Potter) is probably The Gone Series by Michael Grant. I love it so much I bought them all (well I bought most of them). I never do that. When I see a ripoff of it, I want to scream and/or rip my hair out. This book is the most ripoff-y ripoff I have ever had the displeasure to lay my hands on.

Gone = Monument 14

Mary = Josie

Sam = Dean

Astrid = Astrid (yes, the love interests of both books have the same name)

Chemical leak = chemical leak

Edillo = Nico

Kids without any adults = kids mostly without any adults


I picked this book up because it sounded similar too Gone. I was right. Too similar.

Dean was Sam except he was less brave and less intelligent. He immediately became one of the two in charge. He wasn’t a bad character but he was too much like Sam for me to miss it. Like Sam he starts off with an oddball job (in his case the cook which I liked; finally a male cook!) but then he grows into a place of power. He has a huge crush on Astrid as well >.

Astrid was Astrid from Gone in the fifth book Fear. Unlike Gone where Grant didn’t completely get rid of her, Astrid was not in Monument 14 for around 80% of it. She was MIA. She was just a plot device. Something for the men to fight over which I found demeaning and atrocious. Seriously, jut a play toy?

Nico was sort of blank slate. I knew what he was like but I sort of used Edillo from Gone to fill in all the blanks. Nico really had no personality. He was a leader and that was that. His only emotions were calm, jealous, and scared. That’s it.

Alex was the only original character and I really liked him. He was the most developed character. He had emotions. He thought. HE HAD A BRAIN.

The plot starts off like Gone. The biggest difference is it’s not paranormal. No powers, huge wall, evil darkness. The second difference is that there are adults. Granted that the adults only show up for a very small amount of time but we all know they’re there.  Third difference: it’s world-wide (and when I say world-wide I mean US wide – who cares about what’s happening in other countries!)

The plot is very like Gone. Kids stuck in a place. Have to learn to survive. But, it’s less realistic. No inner fights, no deaths, no rapes, nothing. It’s pretty much a happy environment. Even though I said there are no powers, Laybourne added something like powers. Depending on blood type people react differently. I bet, people with different blood types that haven’t been mentioned in the book will develop powers. -_-

Not happy.

At all.

What I liked and didn’t like:

  • Entertaining quick read which I might have enjoyed more if it wasn’t a ripoff
  • Fast paced (read in two sittings)
  • Blood type thing was interesting


  • Can’t you tell? ;)

In conclusion:
I may have liked it a bit more if I hadn’t already read something that was the exact same except better. Try it if you haven’t read Gone. You may like it. If you have, well good luck Charlie.


Favorite Character: Alex
Favorite Quote: 


Rating:  ★☆☆☆☆

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