Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne. The second book in the Monument 14 series.
Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope.
Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . .
Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety. But the outside world is even worse than they expected. . .
Thoughts: So I was super excited for this book, it was the sequel to Monument 14. Which had been really good (-the ending, which felt weird :/) and I had basically been dying for this book. Come however long it was later, I get to read it and I just enjoyed it to death! Or nearly to death. Several times. It is a very exciting book. Dangerous as well.
On the way to school Dean and his brother, Alex, were in a school bus full of kids, and it was just a normal day. Then (to the best of my memory) an earthquake struck and hail pelted the school bus. Their driver managed to get them into a huge Costco/Walmart type store where they were safe. There were 14 kids. Their driver left them, she went to try and get help. They closed up the doors and barricaded them. And tried their best to survive when no one came for them. The next thing they know they find out that a chemical weapon has been released into the air, it causes different reactions depending on a person's blood type. If you're AB you get delusions. If you're B you have reproductive problems. If you're A you get blistering skin (not pretty). And O? You turn into a rage monster. So now...they have to stay inside, it's an incredible risk to go outside.
At the beginning of this book Dean, three little kids and the girl he's had a crush on for forever have stayed at the supermarket. The others, or what remains of them, have left to go and try to reach the airport. They think there is help there, if only they can make it! Meanwhile Dean and the others have their own share of problems back at Monument. From polluted air sneaking into the building to intruders. It doesn't look like the kids will ever be safe.
Pros: This book is super exciting, the action hardly ever stops! From stuff like injuries, traps, air leakage, intruders, and other dangers. The world is very well developed and so dystopian/apocalyptic! The cover reflects that perfectly. I mean to some this could be kinda depressing I guess, but I really enjoyed it! We also get to see some of outside now, in the first book they didn't really go outside. Now some of them do. So lets see...cool world building. Like I can see it...and turning a supermarket into a home with nickname for everything? Um, I love it. Pretty much excitement through the whole thing and it kept me turning pages? Uh yeah. And the characters? I liked them pretty well. Some more than others and let's face it, not all the time do people behave the best under life or death, gruesome situations. Just saying. So even though they weren't the best all the time, they did try. They became like a big family :)
Cons:There were perhaps a few parts that seemed rushed and I didn't quite believe or feel like Astrid and Dean's relationship was realistic. It wasn't instalove though so I don't mind too much. This is a bit of a shorter book, the ending epilogue seemed a little too happy-touchy-feely compared to the rest...but then if I had just gone through all that the kids had I'd be enjoying Elmo 24/7. And the ending was seriously good. Just a little rushed. Tiny bit.
There was a good bit of content: thirteen cuss words, a good it of violence/death/severe injuries, smoking and drinking in a couple scenes, mention of past almost rape, [Astrid and Dean have sex but it isn't described really, (hide spoiler)] and Dean lusts Astrid a little.
Overall, I loved the world and adventure parts in this book! The characters were okay and although some parts might have been a little hasty and there was some content...I really did like this book :) It was a great dystopian! I would recommend to a bit older teens because of some of the content. If you like dystopian, you'll like this book!
Rating: 4 stars