Laybourne, Emmy. Monument 14. Book 1 of the Monument 14 Trilogy. NY: Feiwel and Friends, c2012. 296 pages.
From the publisher: Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong. Six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders, one tech genius, and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world-as-they-know it apart.
It is not hard to imagine a scenario like the one that occurs in this book. It seems like the weather has been changing for the worse, and one never knows what the governments (ours and others) are going to come up with that is not good for the average citizen. How the kids deal with disaster is the focus of this book. When I came to the end, I wanted to hurry on to the next book in the series because I had come to like some of the characters a lot.
The two following books in the trilogy are Sky on Fire and Savage Drift.
This book is on the Iowa Teen Award reading list for 2015-2016.
Recommended for junior high and above.