Release date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
ISBN 10: 0312569041
ISBN 13: 9780312569044
The world hasn't ended...yet.At a Glance:
In this sequel to MONUMENT 14, the group of survivors, originally trapped together in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, has split in two. Most of the kids are making a desperate run on their recently repaired school bus for the Denver airport where they hope to reunite with their parents, be evacuated to safety, and save their dying friend.
But the world outside is dark and filled with dangerous chemicals that turn people into bloodthirsty monsters, and not all the kids were willing to get on the bus. Left behind in a sanctuary that has already been disturbed once, the remaining kids try to rebuild the community they lost. But when the issues are life and death, love and hate, who can you really trust?
Sky on Fire is the sequel to one of my favorite books of 2012, Monument 14. It picks up right where the first book left off, in the near-future where the world is more or less being destroyed. And it does so in such a way that makes for very, very good reading.
The cover of this book is, like the first one, simply awesome. If you've read Monument 14, you'll know that the bus shown on this cover is currently being driven to Denver, Colorado by 9 kids who are running away from the end of the world. Pretty cool stuff.
Just like in the first book, Sky on Fire is absolutely packed with action. As the plot thickens with every page, so does the action get more actiony-er. See, the action is so intensely awesome that I am forced to make up words to explain, though no words in this review could do it justice. Seriously, when you start to read this book, it is a true challenge to put down. The everlasting action in this book will keep you addicted until you run out of pages.
The romance in this book in much more than that of its predecessor, though is still not so great that it can be a defining factor of the story. If you have read the first book, you will probably know where the romance in this series is going, and there aren't really any surprises in store for you in this sequel as far as romance goes.
This story is told from the points of view of two brothers, some chapters from perspective of Dean, others from that of Alex. The two brothers are very different, but they both are good characters. I didn't like Dean so much in the first book because he was rarely the one to take charge in a situation, preferring to take the backseat and pity himself for it. But he really redeemed himself in my eyes in this book. He decided that if he was going to survive, he'd have to man up a bit. And he did.
And as for Alex, the smart guy of the group. He is one of my favorite characters in the series because he knows right from wrong, something that is lacking to a surprisingly large amount of the characters in this book. When something needs to be done, he'll do it. Something that Dean hasn't always been able to say about himself.
Something I loved:
I love the constant sense of danger in these books. Just when you think there's going to be a bit of a break in the suspense, just when you think the characters will get a bit of a respite from all of the danger, something happens that completely shatters their world. Again.
Something(s) I hated:
I can't really think of anything I hated about this book, which is an absolutely awesome thing.
Oh heck yes. I will be highly anticipating the third book in this series.
Would I recommend it?
I would recommend this book to anybody who isn't squeamish when confronted with an end-of-the-world scenario while reading. Of course, there will be lots of bloody death. But that's part of what makes this book so gosh darn amazing.
Did my friends like it?
I know several people who have read this book, all of whom are just as equally as enthusiastic about it as I am.
Will I buy/keep it?
Besides loaning it to friends, this book will be in it's spot on my favorites shelf.