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I've been on a bit of a dark kick lately. I blame This Is Not A Test for starting it all, but really, can you blame me? Go back and look at that cover. Sigh.
Anyways, I've continued the theme this week with a book due to come up just next month.
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.
Tadaaaa! What about this book caught my attention? Let me tell you.
1. The genre. It's apocalyptical, not dystopian. Dystopian = the world is broken, we should fix it. Apocalyptical = Golly jeepers, we're all gonna die. Run! Sometimes it's nice to switch off your over-arching conspiracy theory brain (dystopian) and just let your fight-or-flight kick in.
2. The setting. I think it's really cool that the story is set in a superstore. I think it might have something to do with my preschool dreams of living in a Walmart. I mean, think about it. Everything you need - food, weapons, hygiene supplies - are right there. Also, it's not as roll-your-eyes convenient as being trapped in a mall.
3. The tone of the quote. We all like to think we'd stop to kiss our moms before the end of the world. But the whole point of the end of the world is you don't get a warning. You run for your bus like every other day and only later regret your decision.
4. The age range. 14 kids, and SIX of them are little? Man oh man. Can you say tension? Save the kiddos!
5. The LACK of information. WHY/HOW is the world ending? How did these kids end up in the store? Where are the adults? Who the heck is narrating this thing? Are they even male or female? I want to know! And what on earth is Monument 14?
Monument 14 comes out June 5th, and you can bet I'll be counting the days.