Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Book Review: Savage Drift (Monument 14) by Emmy Laybourne @EmmyLaybourne

Savage Drift, the third book in the Monument 14 series, brings us right back to all the danger of the first two books.

(spoilers from Monument 14 and Sky on Fire are inevitable, so be warned.)

The feeling of safety in the refugee camp in Canada at the end of Sky on Fire doesn't last long in Savage Drift. We find out in the first few pages that Josie is alive and is being held in Missouri at a camp for Type Os. They are not being treated well, so Niko is determined to leave immediately to save her. We get a dual narration, by Dean and Josie, and Josie's story about life at Mizzou, is truly harrowing.

Astrid is frightened because pregnant women are disappearing from the camp. She is having cramping, but refuses to go to the clinic because she is afraid she will be taken away by the military for medical experimentation. Dean can't believe this, and finally convinces her to go, only to find out Astid was not at all incorrect.

With the help of a lot of people, a group of them are on the run across country again. Jake, Astrid, and Dean trying desperately to get to Niko's uncle's farm in Pennsylvania, and Niko heading for Missouri. The route, as to be expected, is circuitous.The excitement never lets up. There are rumors of "drifts" -- clouds of chemicals that drift through the air causing the same symptoms that we learned about in Monument 14. While the travelers don't want to believe this, it turns out these drifts will add to the danger and excitement.

They do get a lot of help, and they do meet many severe challenges. The resolutions sometime seemed a bit contrived; every time there seems to be no hope, something extraordinary happens to save the day. But I'm still glad that the ending made me feel good.

Savage Drift is a great survival story about teens that just refuse to give up no matter what. I really became attached to the characters and pulled for them. Even some of the new characters quickly became important to me. The brisk pace won't let you stop turning the pages.

If you've read the first two books, you must not miss Savage Drift. If you haven't started the Monument 14 series, it is definitely worth your time. These are great survival stories to recommend to reluctant readers, and they will appeal to both boys and girls.

Published by Feiwel & Friends, May 6, 2014
ARC obtained from Around the World ARC Tours
306 pages (Qualifies for my Books You Can Read in a Day Challenge!)

Rating: 4/5

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