By Emmy Laybourne
Monument 14 – Book 3
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
In the final Monument 14 book we have most of the gang back together. They’re all in a Canadian refugee camp and are treated well. Everything seems fine except for their missing families, not knowing what happened to Josie, and Astrid’s growing fear that something isn’t right with the government’s interest in exposed pregnant women.
The final book in this series gives us some answers we’ve been looking for but doesn’t wrap up everything. And it shouldn’t, when something that big happens the answers keep coming for a lifetime or more. Our focus in this book is on Josie and Dean’s experiences and points of view. In some ways it was like two different stories since their experiences were so different.
Josie is in a prison camp and struggling to stay under the radar and stay alive. It’s a place where innocent children and wild killers are expected to exist together. She doesn’t think she deserves anything but she’ll do whatever she has to in order to take care of the people who matter to her, even the ones she refuses to let close. And when she finally gets the chance to get out of there it’s at the worst time. She has a choice to make and her self worth will determine what she does next.
Dean sees the way it looks outside, when people think they’re safe from exposure. He sees that the government isn’t sharing everything with the public. He also has to decide if he is mature enough to get past his insecurities and put Astrid first or if he’ll expect her to make changes first. He has to grow from that insecure kid who doesn’t think Astrid can really love him into the kind of guy who knows that his love for her and taking care of her matters more than her proving it to him.
I enjoyed this one. Mostly for Josie and her struggle. If you liked the other books in this series you know you’ll have to read this one to find out what happens to Josie, Dean, Astrid, and all the others.