Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sky On Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Sky On Fire: Monument 14 #2) by Emmy Laybourne
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope.  Knowing the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . .  Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety. But the outside world is even worse than they expected. . .  - Goodreads.com

I'm just loving this story so much.  For some reason, while others may not have liked this series, I took to it immediately, and am still with it in this second installment.  There's just something I love about it that's hard to put my finger on.

First of all, I'm really down with the whole zombie and/or people-turned-uncontrollably-evil type stories right now.  They're exciting, and I could see them happening, sort of.  Well, maybe not the zombie type books, but I can definitely see it happening for some sort of chemical to turn people into raving lunatics and killing their fellows.  So that's a scary thought and makes these types of books possible than you'd think.

Aside from all that, I just love the characters...the older ones and the newer ones too.  Once again, I'm just really amazed at how the older kids go to such lengths to take care of those little kids, mother and father them, make sure they're fed, happy, safe, etc... It's so sweet, and it shows you what kids are really capable of.

In this story, everyone has evolved somewhat to the point where, at least once in this book, everyone ends up showing their bravery as they fight to get through their separate trials.  There's some great romance that I truly didn't expect, but that was so fitting. 

I loved the daring scene at the end.  It was suspenseful and had me hopping up and down in my seat as I read.  The writing is fast-paced, intriguing, and well plotted.  I am so invested in this story, and after that ending, I can't wait for the next installment!


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