Jun 3, 2013

Book Review of Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: May 28th, 2013
Pages: 212
Genre: Young Adult-Post Apocalyptic
Series: Monument 14 #2




Description from GoodreadsThe world hasn't ended...yet.

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?


I should have known that reading Sky on Fire was going to be a bad idea. I didn't really love the first book in the series, but it ended in a way that made me have to continue with the series. And I found out. And no, I didn't care. I shouldn't have. The writing declined in such a visceral way that I found myself cringing more than once. I'll get to that shortly, but I also need to mention that if you are a fan of writing and great prose, you won't find it here. There are very few paragraphs longer than two sentences. The book is almost entirely in dialogue. There is very little imagery, sensory language, and the writing is incredibly juvenile in a really obvious way. Second books are supposed to improve on the first and this one just got worse.

If you weren't a fan of the characters in the first one or you couldn't connect to them, it won't get better. There is very little character development in this one. It's just moving from place to place. The characters don't grow at all, except for Astrid, and that's just a tiny bit. I guess if you really liked the first book, you may like this one, but I was not impressed. 



Not even a little. I love that girl, by the way. She has an amazing sense of humor. 

So in this book, it's all about half of the kids trying to make it from the Greenway do the Denver airport and all of their troubles and obstacles in between. They run into some more bad people (are you surprised?) and another dude that wants to do bad things to Sahalia. This one was only subtly offensive, but it still annoyed me because every single girl in this book is pregnant, a sex object, a babysitter, or a helpless child. Sexism at its finest. And then something kind of epic happens at the end, and then 


So I thought I would share some quotes to show you just exactly HOW bad the writing is and why I got pissed off at one point, and then I am just going to close up shop because I have nothing good to say.

"There was the body of the dad. He was lying on top of a rock. He'd fallen on it during his fight with Josie and he must have broken his neck, because his head was cocked to the side and he was looking up at the sky with an open mouth like he was stargazing.

But, no, he was not looking at the sky. He was dead."

LOL. 


"His eyes were the color of yellow mud."

You mean, GOLDEN? Yellow mud? Really? This is the best there is?




"Right before Castle Rock, there was a long stretch of open highway. ("Open" meaning that there was one clear lane with no obstacles to go around.)"


Yes, because I forgot, readers are stupid, right? We need everything explained to us, yes?


OH, and finally, the icing on the cake:

"He wheeled toward Monument and I held on and even though I am agnostic, I prayed."




Because if you don't offend us already with bad writing, sexism, and treating us like we are ignorant, you insult atheists and agnostics everywhere by being disrespectful to the fact that they would probably NOT pray in a situation like this. If I have to not insult religion when I write, why is THIS okay? Seems a bit hypocritical, no? Also, agnostics and atheists are NOT the same. This quote makes it seem like they are. Also, not okay. 

Oh, and I am so done with this series because there was this ridiculous cliffhanger on the end. The series should have ended there. Not EVERYTHING has to end perfectly. You can leave things a little open ended. I just can't. It was SO STUPID. I can't read another word. And I don't hate read, usually. That's just not me. So those of you that choose to continue, I wish you luck. You'll need it.

I'm done. *drops mic*

1/5 Dragons

18 comments:

  1. Yikes, you've made me want to run away from this series now. After all the reviews I've seen on them, I've already been pretty wary. I think I'll leave this series alone for the time being.

    Love the gifs and stunning review, Kara! <33

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    1. You probably should. I have to not recommend anything because I might just be the wrong reader, but this was honestly bad. Much worse than the first.

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  2. Hahaha, this review still cracks me up. I cannot believe how bad this was. If you see me talking about requesting the next one, thump me on the head.

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  3. The writing wasn't very great at all, but I actually liked this one more. I found that I was bored out of my mind reading the first one and this one switched it up a little for me. There was way too much sexism in it, that's for sure. Great review Kara! It had me laughing!

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    1. Yeah, there was a lot of exposition in the first one, that's for sure. I'm glad you enjoyed the review at any rate. :)

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  4. Let me just say, I loved this review. I don't know why I even read it. I don't read YA. I don't read Post-Post Apocalyptic. I especially don't read Young Adult-Post Apocalyptic.

    I thought it was just because I was getting "old". You know, at a certain age the Teen Drama Trauma just makes you want to stab yourself in the ear. I kept hearing all about how YA is the best and dsytopian/apocalyptic is the next new thing. Ha! Now I have a review to point to if someone asks me how I feel about the genres. I will tell them, just read this review. It covers it all.

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    1. LOL thanks, I think! But I really do enjoy YA and read it more frequently than anything else. I am 32 and there are certain topics in YA that don't work for me, but I do love the dystopian genre. Just not this particular book.

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  5. Youch! I quite liked the first one, but I definitely don't need the meaning of 'open highway' explained to me....

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  6. Well, Kara, the GIFs are so cute but I was not sure about reading this book, now, I think I won't read it at all
    Come on, yellow mud! That is the strangest description I have ever read
    GREAT review
    Your reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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    1. It really is and it was really awkward reading as well.

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  7. Oh, man. That writing was terrible! The yellow mud was my favourite, but then again, I never knew what an open highway was before. Thank the author for enlightening me. Pfft. Thanks for the honest review, Kara! Definitely wouldn't bother touching the series with a 5ft pole :P

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    1. ROFL!! Thanks, Katrina. You made me laugh!

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  8. Thanks for the warning, I will steer clear of this one. I just can't get into a story if the writing isn't good, and I don't like to feel as if I'm stupid...

    Great review! You really explained why you didn't like this, and that's always helpful.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Thanks, Lexxie. If it weren't for a few writing things, I wouldn't have rated this so poorly. But man. Some of that writing was bad.

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  9. I just bought these books this weekend! Can’t wait to read them. I’m reading a lot of heavy books at the mo so want something fun, that I can enjoy whilst leaving my brain at the door! Awesome!

    Irene Jennings of Rockaway Beach OR Hotels

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    1. You know I didn't like this, right? Is this a spam comment? Did you even READ my review?

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