Sunday, June 1, 2014

Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne

Series: Monument 14 (bk. 3)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi

Subjects: apocalyptic, near future, survival

Setting: Canada, Missouri, various other states

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, rotating between Dean (past tense, serif type) and Josie (present tense, san-serif type)

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 305 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: MacMillan: Feiwel & Friends

Summary/ product description: “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:  In this epic finale to the Monument 14 trilogy, we get to read the story from Dean and Josie’s perspectives. Dean is in a refugee camp in Canada. Josie is in a camp in Missouri for people with the blood type O that have been exposed to the compounds. Astrid, Alex, Sahlia and the rest of the kids that came with them are also in Canada.

Astrid, who’s pregnant, is having cramps. The government is taking pregnant women from the camp to study them and how exposure affects their pregnancy. Dean, Astrid, Jake and Niko leave the camp. They also heard about where Josie was, so Niko is going after her. The story becomes a fast paced journey filled with action and gruesome events. It’s exhilarating and everything you’d want the final book to be.

I was so surprised that we have Josie’s perspective this time. Her personality may have been affected by her killing someone, but she still deeply care for people. Mario is in the camp with her, though he’s a AB blood type. He insisted to be her sponsor. The camp is such a horrify places with gangs, sexual assaults and fighting. It’s s prison. I really hated how that guard treated Josie. He was such an a-hole.

There’s a touch of romance, and heart-warming scenes. There’s also times where Dean feels a sense of normalcy, like when the visit Denny’s. There’s fun and adventure. Hitchhiking, fighting, babies. There’s aso these things called Drift, which are moving clouds of the gas compound that affects different blood types. There’s a lot of sad parts too. Deaths and heart-stopping moments. This is a killer ending to the series. If only all dystopian series had endings this good.

If you love Ashfall by Mike Mullin, Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas, No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz, Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick, or Blackout by Robison Wells, be sure to read the Monument 14 series. Now that all the books are out, try a series binge. They’re short and fast easy reads. Also check out the novellas/short stories: Jake and the other Girl, Dress Your Marines in White, and What Mario Scietto Says.

Did anyone with a hardcover copy notice the map in the back end paper of the cover? The map of the USA? Notice that Monument, Colorado is not where’s it’s supposed to be. It’s placed in Wyoming. Someone goofed up and didn’t know their states. Colorado and Wymoning look alike. Both are rectangles of the same size, but the Four Corner region Wyoming is not.

Cover Art Review:  This cover reflect the previous books' covers well. Looks like a prison camp.

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