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Young Adult Fiction 3547
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Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
I started reading Monument 14 in the morning and finished it by the end of the day. It definitely hooked me from page one. The voice of Dean is honest and descriptive. Monument 14 takes place in the near future when a apocalyptic event has turned the country upside down leaving 14 children( teens, tweens, and elementary school children) stuck inside a superstore. The story moves fast since the entire novel is compressed into 12 days.

As a reader, I rooted for different characters at different times. I found the elementary students personalities entertaining and fresh as each age dealt with problems in unique ways. I wish I was given more time to feel emotional connections to each of the characters. Even though I wanted to know how each character dealt with being inside the superstore- I didn't feel a strong connection to any character in particular. Given the fast pace of the action in the book and the fact the plot only covers 12 days I can understand why the connections didn't happen. Although this came as a disappointment it did not distract from the story.  There are a few twists in the plot, some predictable others not as much. Without giving away too much, I enjoyed the different series of events that lead to the children being trapped inside a supper store.

I was happy to read that there will be a sequel coming out next year. This explains the cliffhanger ending - I finished the book thinking, "What happens? I  need to know more." and ran to research if there was a sequel. 

Readers who like apocalyptic novels and books such as Trapped by Michael Northtrop and the Last Survivors Trilogy by Susan Beth  Pfeffer will enjoy Monument 14. With lots of action and an extremely fast pace, this novel keeps moving and will keep readers turning pages
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