Monument 14

Monument 14

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A huge store isn't the worst place to be stranded. There's food and water, bedding and books. But what if it's not safe to leave? Six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids are trapped together in a chain superstore. Together they build a refuge for themselves inside, while outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapon spill, seems to be tearing the world as they know it apart.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 296 p. : map ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780312569037
Branch Call Number: TEEN Layb

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susan_findlay
Jul 19, 2021

A massive natural disaster cascades into a bunch of other natural and unnatural disasters, and a small group of kids and teens wind up taking refuge in the equivalent of a Walmart.

My favourite thing about this book is the diversity of characters. Most books of this nature would have a group of teenagers. This one has a handful of teenagers, a couple of middle school kids and a handful of young kids. That allows for a much broader range of relationships to be explored - not only the requisite crushes but there are also a couple of pairs of siblings and we see a few of the older kids really develop as "big brothers/sisters/pseudo-parents" to some of the younger kids.

There also seems to be a decent amount of cultural diversity. The little kids aren't just written off as accessories to the big kids. Max knows far too much about strip clubs and criminal activity for his age. Benecito is a highly religious Latino who is also an amazing cook. Sahalia is a 13 year old who figures she should count as a big kid. And the twins have their own little world.

Some of the science is a little "off". I understand why the blood type reactions are necessary for the plot to work, but they make no sense whatsoever if you understand what blood types actually are. But that's a pretty minor point in the grand scheme of things - and one that won't bother the vast majority of readers.

All in all, a really good book. Given the ending, I have to assume either a movie or TV series exists (or is planned). That was written for a screenplay.

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