Book Description: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.
When I first started reading this book it had a Lord of the Flies feel to it. I’m not a huge fan of that book, but glad I didn’t let the feel of it in M14 dissuade me.
Emmy does a great job of showing you what is happening. Her description of the scenery is great. You feel as if you are in the hail storm at the beginning of the book. You can feel the emotions of the kids as if they are your own. There is a ton of terror since nobody knows what is going on. Considering the age difference in these kids, they do a pretty good job of working together. Some parts of life suck for them, but for the most part they get a long, and each does their job. That’s something I wouldn’t have thought possible. You also never really understand how resilient children are. They can surprise you with how strong they are.
There are soooo many great characters in this book. Dean is telling the story. We are seeing what happens in a journal of sorts. He’s a writer, and loves books. (That makes him awesome in my book.) He does have his downfalls. He’s pretty selfish at times, and sticks his foot in his mouth a lot. His brother Alex is a freaking genius. He’s always able to come up with a solution to what problems they face. Niko annoyed the crap out of me. He is a brat. He can disagree with everyone, but if someone disagrees with him, he pouts and acts like a child. I understand the situation is stressful, but come on man. Max is probably my overall favorite. He’s seen way too many things that his eyes shouldn’t have. The great thing about him is when he talks about things he’s witnessed, he doesn’t really understand the events. He’s definitely the funny guy in the book.
The ending is what has me jonesing for the sequel. You feel all the emotions burst from your heart in the final pages. It leads up to what could be a great story line.
While this book did have it’s problems, I suggest checking it out. It’s definitely worth it. I’m ready to read Sky On Fire now. 😀