September 16, 2013

Review: Sky on Fire by: Emmy Laybourne

Sky on Fire (Monument 14 #2) by: Emmy Laybourne (2013)
212 pages
Genre: YA/Survival
 Source: The Library
Goodreads Summary: 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 that 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. . . .
My Review

Things get even more crazy and some new characters emerge in Sky on Fire, the sequel to Monument 14. Sorry this review is so short but this is what happens when I write a review a long time after I have finished the book. I apologize, I’m trying to get back in the blogging game. (I really need to make better notes.) I can tell you that I enjoyed this book and that it was a quick and intense/exciting read.

Sky on Fire held my attention from the very first sentence to the last page, it really was a page turner without a dull moment. Alex’s opening letter was depressing yet funny, and having both brothers’ point of views was awesome, they were done really well. Both situations, the one at the super store and the one on the bus, were equally horrible and equally captivating. I don't think the older brother, Dean, always speaks or acts like the older one, which was sometimes annoying, but it did make sense a little since his younger brother is the genius. There are also a few stupid moments where I felt like the kids were not thinking before acting and should know better by now, but overall that didn't keep me from enjoying Sky on Fire because there was enough action and other insane things going on to hold my interest. The ending was non-frustrating, which was rather nice, but it did leave it open for a possible third book. I’m not sure what the author plans to do, but if she wrote another one I would probably read it.

Major cover love again for this book, it is just as good if not better than the first one.

In the end, if you read the first book and enjoyed it then you should go ahead and read this one, it will be worth it. Sky on Fire is a suspenseful survivor story. So take a second to consider reading it if you are a fan of survival stories. If you have yet to read the first book you can check out my review here to help you make your decision.


  1. Glad you enjoyed Sky on Fire just as much as Monument 14! I still have not read this series, but after your review (I love suspenseful survivor stories) I think I need to make sure it's on my TBR pile!

    1. They are super quick reads and pretty fast paced! :)

  2. SO I went back and read your review for book 1 and commented there. So many series to start but your reviews have piqued my interest. I love male POV and high-action novels. I doubt I will get to this in 2013 but 2014 should be plausible :)

    1. It's one of those books that is a good read but it totally won't hurt anything if you wait till next year when your reading load slows down a little bit.


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