Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
14 school kids are in trouble when a massive hailstorm sends their school bus crashing through the glass doors of a chain superstore in order to find shelter. Escalating disasters cause the riot gates to descend trapping the kids inside the store. The kids struggle for survival while debating whether it is safer to stay or figure out a way to leave and find out what, if anything, is left of their families and the rest of civilization.
This is a super exciting book! The realtionships between the kids, ranging in age from 5 to 18, and their struggle to cooperate with each other in order to survive make an interesting human side to a story filled with natural disasters and chemical warfare. The story flows nicely and makes you want to keep those pages turning! This book was nominated for the Young Adult Top Ten books of 2013 and I think it will win! The story is followed by Monument 14: Sky on fire by Emmy Laybourne – I am planning to read that right away!