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The sentences are kept short often too short and read more like a bad journal than a book.

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This makes the story feel flat, even though the plot in itself is fantastic. During the last pages, I often had to shake my head at how ridiciously easy some things were resol I had the same problems with this book as I had with the previous one. During the last pages, I often had to shake my head at how ridiciously easy some things were resolved and at how many coincidences seem to take place in this universe. View 2 comments. Most of them are on the school bus, heading for the Denver International Airport—a place they were told would offer help to an injured friend and help organize a rescue party for those left behind.

Among those on the Denver-bound bus is Alex, brother of Dean—our narrator and main character for book one. Dean is among those left behind at the Greenway department store in Monument. Along with him is Astrid, who we found out was pregnant at the end of book one. The group on the bus comes across many obstacles along the way, some expected and some not. The group at Greenway is dangerous all on their own. Most of them have type O blood.

Type Os, when exposed to the chemical compounds in the air, become enraged, violent, and completely homicidal. Will either group be able to overcome all of the obstacles that stand in their way? Will they find their families? Find out how to beat the compounds?


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This book is more focused on action and danger than the first. The first book sort of irritated me because there was too much focus on sexual predators and sex in general. It wasn't really something that I feel had a place in the book. This book impressed me! I enjoy reading from male POVs. This book is told in duel viewpoints by Alex and Dean. Alex is with the group on the bus; Dean with the group at Greenway.

This was smart of the author to do. It gave the series a fresh voice Alex , and let us see what was happening at all times in both places. Each brother has a distinctive voice, and each of their strengths and weaknesses shine through in their words. New dangers are introduced to us in this novel.

The compounds remain a threat, but there are also other threats to consider. Looters, type Os who've been exposed to the compounds, running out of food and water, and gangs. One such gang becomes a problem for both of our groups. He's definitely a dictator. This group is where my problems came in Mainly, these guys were overly crude and military-like. It seemed overly done, and too fake—like some bully on the playground putting on his big boy pants; playing a part more than actually being a badass villain. As with the first book, I was thoroughly impressed with the uniqueness the compounds bring to the story.

Incase you missed it: In the first book these chemical compounds were released into the air. They react with blood types. When exposed to the compounds, type Os become violent and full of rage. Another type I don't remember specifics aside from type O will literally become paranoid and insane.

Another will immediately blister and bleed when exposed, and die pretty quickly. The last group becomes sterile; unable to reproduce. We learn some details on the why of it, as well as what the government plans to do about the issue. A lot of emphasis is put on how bloodthirsty the type Os get when they are exposed to the compounds. I really liked how the Os used their weakness to their advantage. Throughout the book, they purposely expose themselves to save those they care for.

It was pretty awesome. For lack of better word, LOL, it was badass! I loved the violence and gore. Who doesn't like a side of horror with their apocalypse? There was more action in this book than the first. There was a lot going on in just the span of a few pages. I am impressed with how much she fit into just over pages.

All of these action-packed events lead up to quite the remarkable climax! It was emotional and surprising, as well as cliffhanger-y, but not too cliffhanger-y. It seems to me that there will be a third book, and I hope so! If there is, I definitely plan to continue the series. Overall, this was a fantastic sequel to Monument Laybourne stepped up her game as far as excitement and pacing, as well as character interaction and development.

She gave us a ton of answers to questions posed in the previous book. There is a thread of romance woven into the story, and while it's a bit of a love triangle, it's done well and gives readers a little something extra to root for. There are deaths. There is violence. There is love and hate. There is action and science. There are reunions and promises. It's really an amazing follow-up and I hope to see more in the series. I definitely plan to continue it if this is the case! Oct 17, Shawna rated it it was amazing Shelves: It's not very often that a sequel is just as if not better than the first book.

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But this one totally delivered! Half of the kids have left the safety of the Greenway to seek help at the Denver Airport. The bus is running and stocked. Faced with unimaginable obstacles, the kids slowly make their way through what are now nothing but wastelands. Will they make it? The other half are still insi It's not very often that a sequel is just as if not better than the first book. The other half are still inside the Greenway waiting for rescue. But trouble comes knocking, and of course being kids, they let it in. Now Dean and the others must outsmart these intruders before it's too late.

This sequel is action packed from beginning to end. I still think the kids are unnaturally mature for their ages especially the 5 and 6 year olds but fortunately the story moved at such a fast pace, that I couldn't dwell on it for long. The best part?? There is going to be a book 3!!!! Let the countdown begin May 11, Jenny rated it really liked it. This was a fantastic follow up to Monument 14! Full of non stop action and suspense. I read it all in one sitting! Sep 24, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: read-owned. A nice continuation to the series. Jan 09, Anne Fadzil rated it really liked it Shelves: e-book.

I like it. This second book doesn't have that 2nd-book-bad-luck to me. Most of all, because I got to know what happen to them. They survived! Alex and Niko lived! Dean too! But Josie tho. Next book is gonna be all about her. Somebody has to rescue her. After all she has done and Mario too! They would not have made it if it weren't for them both. Brayden died tho. The stupid cadet gang killed him. It was so tense when Alex was coming to rescue Dean. Godd thank God they made it.

You see, in I like it. You see, in this second book, it shows to reader like me that having those kids around paid off. I meant like dealing with their whining and whatnot paid off cos Max's Aunty Jean saved them and then the twins' dad saved the kids left in Greenway. I'm so so happy that Batiste found her mom and Uleyss too. And the scene where the twins met their mom almost got me teared up.


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I suppose the rest will find their parents in the next book. The book is just how I like it, fast-pace. No wasting time thinking and wondering and playing love or other stupid things. That's how it should be when everyone is in survival mode. Really, hands down to Niko. He's the man. It's like they're a same person only one is older. But in actual fact, they have a totally different characters like an opposite kind of different but you can't see that in their thoughts.

That's where I feel the author could improve on. And then towards the end, Alex was no longer writing to Dean and just had his POV straight out like that.. His POV supposed to be his letters to Dean right? There's no way he could jot that down first hand. He's a genius I give him that but not with that kind of memory. Jan 30, Bayram F rated it it was amazing Shelves: signed-books , books-i-own-not-completely-updated , acquired-in-march Monument Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne is the sequel to Monument 14 and the second book in the trilogy.

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I bought my copy of Monument Sky on Fire about a week after buying Monument 14 and read it one or two weeks after. It had a good amount of improvements over the previous book and I enjoyed it even more than I did the other one. One of them is Dean who has decided to stay in the Greenway with several other people and the other is his brother who has left the store with the majority of the kids and is headed to the nearest airport.

Each group faces different obstacles like the effects of the chemical gas spill, other people, death, and getting hijacked. The majority of the characters are the same as the ones from the previous book with a few new secondary characters thrown in. I loved how realistic the characters were and how they each had their own distinct personalities.

There were several different aged kids and each one was portrayed accurately. On top of that, one of my major faults with Monument 14 was solved, lack of secondary characters. There are definitely a good amount of secondary characters, they both solved and created problems for both groups of kids. There are also several changes in the relationships between several of the characters, the largest being Dean and Astrid.

I felt that Dean was being kind of obsessive over Astrid and that their relationship should have been toned down a bit. Other than that there isn't that much more romance in the book, however the book itself still contains more romance than the previous one. Altogether the characters are as realistic as the ones from the previous book and with the addition of more secondary characters give Monument Sky on Fire a substantial improvement. The world is also expanded with Monument Sky on Fire, while a good portion is still the Greenway other places like the highway, different homes, and an airport are described.

The kids have to learn how to deal with these new unfamiliar locations, especially after they lose their bus. The scenery was described pretty well and I enjoyed reading and discovering them. This is definitely a large improvement over Monument 14 which mostly took place in the Greenway. The new locations made the book more interesting and provided new problems and obstacles.

While I wouldn't have minded a few more new locations the ones that were given were interesting and descriptive enough to keep me reading. The third and final book in the trilogy, Monument Savage Drift will be released on May and I am beyond excited for it to come out.

Thankfully, I won an ARC of it several weeks ago so I won't have to wait until it releases, if you enjoyed Monument Sky on Fire than you should definitely get Savage Drift when it comes out. If you enjoyed The 5th Wave or are looking for a well-written dystopian YA novel than I would definitely recommend that you read Monument Sky on Fire.

Feb 15, Ben Alderson rated it it was amazing. Great sequel! Loved it. I can't wait to read the next one! Jan 04, Natalie rated it it was ok. I was hoping the second book would be better, and thought that it would be for a couple of reasons. I had a feeling it would be Dual POV, and thought that would add to the story 2. Since it wouldn't be the author's first book anymore, I thought her writing would improve. It is in fact, told in dual POV, but for me, it didn't help the story whatsoever. And the writing was sadly not any better than the first book.

I thought most of the plot was boring and tedious, as it talked about a lot of every I was hoping the second book would be better, and thought that it would be for a couple of reasons. I thought most of the plot was boring and tedious, as it talked about a lot of every day mundane details. There weren't any paragraphs longer than 4 lines, and the ones that were 4 lines, were few and far between.

It was full of short choppy sentences, and described almost nothing. It took me a while to figure out what was so bad about the writing, besides the awful sentence structure. I finally put my finger on it, about halfway through the book. It almost never explained something as it was happening, or explained the reasoning behind something; it only explained the outcome.

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But the bins weren't big enough. Not by a long shot. The book was full of telling instead of showing, and to make it worse, it was done in far too many little sentences. Example: "I took my mask off. The air had a taste to it. A stingy taste. That description would have worked much better if it went something like this: "I took my mask off and almost gagged at the stingy taste that seemed to be in the air. I didn't like the characters, or how any of the characters acted and treated each other. It was full of stereotypes, like tough guys hitting on girls the SAME girl just because she's a girl who may or may not be wearing skimpy clothing.

Stereotypes like moms who feel the need to mother children who aren't their own, but men who can be tough and remove themselves emotionally from situations that involve kids. The story did, however, seem to pick up in the second half, and I found myself rolling my eyes less at the bad writing. I was a little interested in what was going to happen, and the paragraphs seemed to get a little fuller, and a little more descriptive. I had to laugh, though, when they started talking about Canada. Vancouver, Ottawa, BC. Why am I asking that? Of course they don't know that.

I can't really get over the fact that this wasn't caught by more than one person, since it was traditionally published. More than one type of editor had to read that and think "Yup, that makes sense. We don't look stupid at all. Jan 25, Anna rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. Brothers Dean and Alex have parted ways, with Dean staying behind at the superstore and Alex going away with most of the other kids on the school bus, trying to make it to Denver. Both groups still face horrible dangers, with all of the kids in the store being Blood Type O which makes them violent when exposed to the chemical compounds in the air outside.

When the bus is hijacked and the store is under siege by a group of teenage raiders, it will be up to Dean and his brother to each try and kee Brothers Dean and Alex have parted ways, with Dean staying behind at the superstore and Alex going away with most of the other kids on the school bus, trying to make it to Denver. When the bus is hijacked and the store is under siege by a group of teenage raiders, it will be up to Dean and his brother to each try and keep their respective charges safe until they can find a way out of their destroyed world and back to their families, in the safety of the world beyond.

So, I had really enjoyed the first book and went into this one with pretty high expectations. I mean who has never once wondered what it would be like to live in one of those superstores. Well, this book picks up right where the first one left off. It deals with some harsh realities, like when to give up on a friend if they're dying and there's nothing you can do. Jake, the father of Astrid's baby, finds his way back to the superstore but because he wants the drugs in the pharmacy not to help anyone else. Dean still has feelings for Astrid and she treats him like shit until the chemical reactions bring them together involuntarily which I still don't know how I feel about that - did she even really like him, or was it 'just because?

The kids on the bus deal with being stolen from, on the verge of starving, and being the guests of a crazy old guy in an airtight bunker who is most likely a killer. The fact that more than half of their parents are still MIA was very realistic and I was disappointed that not everyone made it to Denver, but the author's realism pleased me and makes up for it. This is an 'apocalypse' book. Not everyone gets a happy ending if the author's doing it right!

I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the next one in the series, especially with the cliffhanger the author dropped on me at the last second! No favors or money were exchanged for this review. It will be available for purchase on May 28th, I am disappointed in the second book not disappointed because it sucked or bad but it is shorter than the first one, the shortest in the trilogy So the second started where the book one ended immediately.

Long enough for the others to make it to DIA and arrange some kind of a rescue.

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Or long enough to wait out the compounds—we had heard the effects would only last for three to six months. Luna was curled up next to them. I knew I saw a light! Hey, Jeff, I was right! You just did. It was just open a minute ago. We saw the light! Come on! People are dying out here! Let us in. Scott and Jeff rattled the gate some and cursed a fair amount, but by the time we got the rest of the plywood back up, we could hardly hear them.

I was examining the wall, and had made up my mind to add another layer of plastic sheeting, after we got the purifiers running, when Astrid tugged on my arm. But Astrid stood there looking at me like it was obviously a good idea. Like it was obviously the right thing to do. Then I take the food. But I guess if he needs to win this little victory for the sake of his pride, then I will give in. We had eight different models of air purifiers in the Greenway and four to six units of each.

Astrid and I set up the larger ones, and Caroline and Henry were in charge of putting the smaller ones around the store. I headed to the Pizza Shack. I grabbed some EZ cans of tuna and a bunch of old bread and some fiber breakfast bars no one liked and some horrible Popsicles not even the least discriminating of our kids would eat. And a couple gallons of store-brand lemonade. I threw the stuff into an empty plastic storage bin that was sitting around from before and carried it back to the storeroom. Not good.

Holding the tub in my arms, I entered the storeroom backward, nudging the doors open with my back. It was bloody back there. The air had mostly gone out of the mattress, so his bloody corpse was just lying on a flattish rubber mat. Just beyond him lay Mr. Appleton, who had died in his sleep. A more peaceful way to go, to be sure. As if to prove it, his air mattress was still pleasantly inflated. He and Mr. Appleton had come to the store and we had let them in.

Appleton fell ill and then, later that night, we had found Robbie with Sahalia. Appleton died later in the night. I could have looked at Robbie there and been angry. As far as I understood it, he had tried to get Sahalia to sleep with him. But he showed his true colors and they were disgusting. A, like, fifty-year-old man with a thirteen-year-old? We thought he was a loving father-type guy and he turned out to be a letch. The hatch to the roof was easy to unlock. Niko had fixed sheeting over it with Velcro, so you could just rip it open and it would hang off to the side.

And the padlock had the key right in it. It was dark now. The air seemed to absorb the light seeping out from the hatch. The sky above was opaque black. No stars. No clouds. Just black mud suspended in the air. After a minute of undignified crawling and scooting, the bin came up against the edge of the roof. I tipped it up and over and listened to it come crashing down. I edged my way back toward the light coming from the hatch. The mask was large enough to fit over my glasses, but it made them cut into the bridge of my nose.

And my nose was still battered from when Jake had beat me up, so that hurt. A lot. And I wanted to get my layers off. The layers were starting to bunch up under my arms and behind my knees. They had sixty miles to cover, wearing their layers and air masks, on a half-fixed school bus on a dangerous and dark highway.

And I was whining to myself about a couple of hours in layers and a mask. I got to my feet and started to make my way, slowly, back toward the hatch. I loved that thought, and I immediately went home from the tour and devoured the rest of the book. What a unique idea for a story! The world outside the riot gates that they were trapped behind was completely falling apart: natural disasters, chemical spills that affected people depending on their blood type some people blistered up and died, some became vicious and attacked others, some became incredibly paranoid, and some lost all their reproductive function.

These kids went through all of it. I loved the characters. These kids were amazing, and made the entire story. There were a few older teenagers, and then a bunch of little littles, like 5 years old. They warmed my heart, and were so sweet. Batiste was a bit of a mini doomsday priest, but lightened up when he got to assist Dean the MC and chef in cooking really detailed meals for the rest of them. Niko, a boy scout, is appointed as leader and has to keep everyone safe.

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Josie becomes the level-headed mommy of the group. Everyone has a job, and everyone does it. Some of them start of resistant and very immature and downright jerky , but grow into adults very quickly. They all became so mature and responsible. I loved seeing these young people grow. They really did shine through the darkness to take care of each other and provide. They were so smart!

I loved what they did with the store. The older kids knew what to say to the little ones to make them feel better. I loved reading about all of this. So often, kids are labeled as being naive and unable to do anything for themselves. As a teacher, I know that this is not true.

Some of my students have taught me more than the adults in my life. I really appreciate Emmy for allowing these kids to reach their fullest potential. Kids deserve more credit than they get. The fight for survival was amazing to read. I love reading about people who gain courage and determination when they are faced with the decision to sit and take it, or to get up and fight for their lives. We got to see a different part of these characters as the need to survive grew bigger, and time was running out.

This story was SO fast-paced!

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There was no down time or time to recover.