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

Posted May 28, 2014 by Melissa in Book Review | 4 Comments

Book Review: Savage Drift (Monument 14 #3) by Emmy LaybourneTitle: Savage Drift
Series: Monument 14 #3
Also in Series: Monument 14, Sky on Fire
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan
Publication date: May 6th 2014
Target Audience: Young Adult
Length: 306 Pages
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

The stunningly fierce conclusion to Emmy Laybourne's Monument 14trilogy.

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 Thoughts

The Good:

  • I loved getting both Dean and Josie’s perspectives with the dual POV in Savage Drift.
  • The development of Josie’s character in this conclusion to the trilogy amazed me.  She’s struggling between what she was, what she thinks she is, and what she has the potential to become.  (And to be honest: in a  way aren’t we all)
  • Secondary characters again become small scene stealers…especially Mario.
  • The strength of friendship and family (even the Monument 14 redefined version) is inspiring.
  • As with the previous books in this series, the writing style and pacing are spot on…I could not put this one down despite my desire to savor the conclusion.
  • I was fascinated by the exploration of the long term effects of the chemical leak and how the governments were dealing with the fallout.

The Not So Good:

  • I didn’t feel the same level of emotional intensity in Savage Drift that I did in the 1st two books in the series.
  • The last third of the book felt just a tad contrived, things were perhaps a bit too easy and the loose ends wrapped up faster than I’d have thought possible.

Final Thoughts:

I have so much love for this series! Emmy Laybourne paints a frighteningly realistic portrait of  ordinary teens coming of age during an extraordinary time.  The details and worldbuilding leave nothing to be desired and as I’ve long declared – the highlight of this series is the character development at which this author excels. Despite the fact that it didn’t end as strongly as I might have hoped, I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this series to all lovers of YA Fiction.

I’m so going to miss these kids!

About Emmy Laybourne

Emmy Laybourne is a novelist, public speaker, screenwriter and former character actress.

Emmy’s Monument 14 trilogy has earned critical praise (“Frighteningly real… riveting” – New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice) and has been nominated by readers to the YALSA Teens Top Ten in 2013 and won in 2014.!

Emmy’s new book SWEET tells the story of a luxury cruise to launch a new diet sweetener that goes comically, then tragically, then terrifyingly wrong. It got a perfect 10 from VOYA and hits the stands on June 2, 2015

Before her life as an author, Emmy performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV and VH1; and acted in the movies “Superstar,” “The In-Laws” and “Nancy Drew,” among others. Emmy loves visiting school and libraries.

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