May 12, 2014

ARC Review: Savage Drift (Monument 14 #3) by: Emmy Laybourne

Savage Drift by: Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14 #3) (May 6, 2014)
306 Pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult/Survival
Source: I received a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thanks Feiwel & Friends!
Goodreads Summary: The stunningly fierce conclusion to Emmy Laybourne's Monument 14 trilogy.

The survivors of the Monument 14 have finally made it to the safety of a Canadian refugee camp. Dean and Alex are cautiously starting to hope that a happy ending might be possible.

But for Josie, separated from the group and trapped in a brutal prison camp for exposed Type Os, things have gone from bad to worse. Traumatized by her experiences, she has given up all hope of rescue or safety.

Meanwhile, scared by the government's unusual interest in her pregnancy, Astrid (with her two protectors, Dean and Jake in tow) joins Niko on his desperate quest to be reunited with his lost love Josie.

Author Emmy Laybourne reaches new heights of tension and romance in this action-packed conclusion to the Monument 14 trilogy.

My Review

When I heard there was going to be a third book in the Monument 14 series I was pretty darn excited. For some reason, I guess because I found enough closure in the second book, I just didn't expect there to be a third book, I didn't know it was a trilogy apparently, but I’m sure glad there was. I missed these Monument 14 kids. (Now sit back and enjoy my somewhat all over the place high praising review of Savage Dirft.)

There is one 100% true statement I can say about Savage Drift with complete confidence, it is NEVER boring.

From the first page to the last, Dean, Josie, and the other kid survivors are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat during their last large act of survival before their journey finally comes to an end.

The Monument 14 trilogy is a unique survival story about a group of kids, all ages, and I really think more people should give it a try. I’m not saying it’s the best out there, but it is gripping, entertaining, funny, dark, and heartwarming, especially this last book.

Savage Drift was exceptional in every way. The effects of the original chemical release are still being examined and even more so in this last installment. I loved it. I enjoyed seeing the main character, Dean, finally really start to grow into a man. (At the beginning of the book he is still kind of really frustrating/annoying.) I too loved getting Josie’s view point, and getting to see how the government is handling the people with blood types that have violent reactions to the chemicals that were originally released in the first book, it isn’t’ pleasant. There is so much more to Savage Drift than meets the eye. Not to mention, there is also no lack of action. 

The ending was perfect. It brought tears to my eyes. Laybourne really did a great job in this third and last installment of The Monument 14 trilogy. It may have even been her best.

Next time you are searching for an interesting survival story about a group of kids take a chance on The Monument 14 trilogy. As an added bonus, all three books are pretty quick and easy reads, so none of your time will be wasted if you don't end up loving them.

Here are my reviews of the other two books in the series.
Monument 14 (#1) by: Emmy Laybourne
Sky On Fire (#2) by: Emmy Laybourne


  1. Yay I am glad that this ended so well! And it's always good to hear that the second book stood on it's own (no middle-book syndrome). I think I will like this series so I will definitely be giving it a shot! :)

    1. Yes, I was so happy this series didn't fall to the middle-book syndrome. :)

  2. I haven't started this series yet, but I keep hearing great things about it. I really need to read the first book!

    1. It's worth giving it a try. :) I hop you like them as much as I did.

  3. Yay! I'm so glad the final book to the series ended well, and that you enjoyed it Kay. It's good to know that the books in this series are fast and entertaining reads. I enjoy these survival stories when the world and characters are done well, so I'm excited to keep this on my wish list. Thanks for the wonderful review. :)

    1. Fast and entertaining is exactly right. :) Next time you are feeling the survival story vibe I would suggest giving this series a try.


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