Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: Savage Drift

Savage Drift (Monument 14, #3)Author: Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14, #3
Released: May 1st 2014
Publisher: Hodder Children's
Lenght: 320 pages
Source: Publisher for review

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.

As hard as it is to say goodbye to a beloved trilogy (and it seems we’ve been doing it quite often lately) the Monument kids have certainly earned their happy ending. Although it’s not without its problems, Savage Drift is a worthy conclusion to Laybourne’s post-apocalyptic work, a book that inspires both admiration and a healthy dose of introspection.

Laybourne’s version of the apocalypse was never too difficult to imagine, which made it stand out among others of the same genre. In Savage Drift she completed the picture by finally showing us a disturbingly believable reaction by the government, all things we could easily imagine happening to us if disaster struck. The things she chose to do, and especially things that happened to Josie, were horrifying and thought provoking, and they’ll stay with me for quite a while.

This final book is told from two perspectives: this time, Dean shares the narration with Josie, our type O self-sacrificing young heroine. Unfortunately, being inside Dean’s head wasn’t nearly as enjoyable as it was before. The sardonic voice we appreciated so much in the previous installments was lost in favor of jealous rambling and childish behavior. Somewhere along the line, he became almost obsessed with Astrid, who is pregnant with Jake, and the jealousy turned him into someone far less likeable. He handled the entire situation like one would expect from a 16-year-old, which would be perfectly fine, were he not fighting for fatherhood, a task he most certainly wasn’t up to. By the time we reached the last page, we still weren’t convinced that he’s mature enough to handle the responsibilities he was so determined to take on.

While Dean managed to alienate us with his jealous behavior, Josie’s story provoked a completely different reaction. Imprisoned in a camp for people with O blood type and stripped of her rights, this brave young girl gave up on ever finding a normal life for herself. Her plight was devastating to behold, but her defiance and strength were truly remarkable.

While Monument 14 isn’t the best post-apocalyptic YA trilogy out there, it’s thought provoking and riveting, which makes it worth your time.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. It's unfortunate that Dean's narration was less likeable this time around, but nice that you are pleased with this book overall and enjoyed the series finale. Great review, Maja! :)

  2. Do you ever feel good about finishing off a series? Even though you don't want to say goodbye? :) I haven't read this one yet but your recc's are good as gold, Maja.

  3. I never made it past the first book for some reason but I am so glad to see that you have stuck with the series and have truly loved it. I am glad it ended well even with the ups and downs.

  4. I havent started this series yet, I always had something else to read. I am glad you liked it, the most thought provoking reads are the best ones, in my opinion. I hope I give it a chance soon. Great review :)

  5. I have seen varied opinions on this trilogy, but I'm glad to hear despite some of it shortcomings it was well worth the read, even for this final installment too! I might just give it a try next time I'm in the mood for a dystopian!
    Thank you Maja!

  6. I'm glad this last installment was a good finish for the series. Thought provoking stories that stay with you for quite a while are always good to read in my opinion. Wonderful review Maja! Happy Friday and have a great weekend :)

  7. I have a love / hate relationship with trilogies. On one hand, I like that they aren't that big of a commitment, but on the other I find that they are always over far too soon. That's too bad that you liked one of the POVs way more than the other, however you still gave it 4 stars, so Dean can't have been that bad. :D

  8. I haven't started this trilogy yet, but it always sounded like a fun and intense one. I'm not too sure about how I would feel when it comes to Dean though. He seems a little childish and I don't know if I would be able to handle all that jealousy and pettiness.
    I'm glad you still enjoyed the other POV though, Maja.
    Lovely review!

  9. I've met the author twice and she's HILARIOUS and so much fun. And for that reason alone I want to read this. She's so passionate about the books and it rubs off. I'm glad this is a good series!

  10. I liked the first one of this series but haven't read any others (as I tend to do with YA) but I really did like it and its take on the apocalypse. And I'd be in that camp with Josie and our O positive blood. So not good!

  11. These covers still manage to surprise me! I really love all three. I still haven't started with this series but it's high on my TBR list and I love dystopian stories that seems so real. I'm glad that you enjoyed this last installment in this series. Great review, Maja :)

  12. I've been wanting to read this series! It's nice to know that these guys get a happy ending. Too many times I've read books like this that don't. Great review!

  13. Oh as much as you like this one I have to start reading this series. I do enjoy a thoughtful dystopian so this one sounds like it is a good one for me. I am now curious about Dean previously. I'm curious to see how much it changed.

  14. Good to hear its enjoyable and it is thought provoking

  15. Haven't had a chance to get to this. I wasn't crazy about the whole Astrid-Jake-Dean situation, but I would like to read what happens to poor Josie!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  16. I'm really happy to see a positive review from you because I still need to catch up on this series and it's lovely to know the end didn't disappoint. Wonderful review!


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