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Savage Drift (Monument 14 Series #3)

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by Emmy Laybourne

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It's over.

Dean, Alex, and the other survivors of the Monument 14 have escaped the disaster zone and made it to the safety of a Canadian refugee camp. Some of the kids have been reunited with their families, and everyone is making tentative plans for the future. And then, Niko learns that his lost love, Josie, has survived!

Or is it?


It's over.

Dean, Alex, and the other survivors of the Monument 14 have escaped the disaster zone and made it to the safety of a Canadian refugee camp. Some of the kids have been reunited with their families, and everyone is making tentative plans for the future. And then, Niko learns that his lost love, Josie, has survived!

Or is it?

For Josie, separated from the group and presumed dead, life has gone from bad to worse. Trapped in a terrible prison camp with other exposed O's and traumatized by her experiences, she has given up all hope of rescue. Meanwhile, scared by the government's unusual interest in her pregnancy, Astrid—along with her two protectors, Dean and Jake—joins Niko on his desperate quest to be reunited with Josie.

In Monument 14: Savage Drift, the stunningly fierce conclusion to the Monument 14 trilogy, author Emmy Laybourne ups the stakes even higher for a group of kids who have continually survived the unthinkable. Can they do so one last time?

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From the Publisher

“Fans of the trilogy will likely be looking for this title.” —VOYA

“Gritty and violent, this is a tale of endurance and tenderness, with a group of teens who will do whatever it takes to protect the people they love.” —The Horn Book

“... A dizzying alternating-perspective climax.” —Booklist

VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Susan Hampe
The conclusion of the Monument 14 trilogy finds the survivors of Monument 14 divided. The world has been ravaged by a series of superstorms and a compound released into the air effects people based on blood type, turning many into crazed maniacs. The book opens with Dean and the others discovering that Josie is still alive and in Missouri. Niko immediately begins making plans to get her out and bring her to Canada, with little success initially. Meanwhile, Josie assists Marco in caring for several children in a prison camp run by the military and internal gangs. The survivors continue to struggle against mounting odds as they try to stay together and find their parents. Other than a brief overview of events written as an editorial by one of the characters, little background is provided on previous events. Readers interested in this title will need to have read the other two books to fully understand what is going, or will likely find the narrative unremarkable. It is told from the alternating angst-ridden perspectives of Dean and Josie giving it broad appeal. Fans of the trilogy will likely be looking for this title. Reviewer: Susan Hampe; Ages 15 to 18.
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
The earth they knew has disappeared into a world of chaos. Now a group of teens must find a way to bring order before all is lost. The majority of the characters, including Dean, Astrid, Jake and Niko, live in a friendly Canadian camp where they have been separated from their families. Another main character, Josie, finds herself in a hostile camp in Missouri where civilians are subjected to chemicals that causes them to change into violent predators who must fight every day to survive. This original, action-packed plot reverts from one story line to another and keeps the drama going without a lot of character development. Even without reading the rest of the series, Emmy Laybourne gives enough background throughout the book to keep the reader engaged until the end. The third book in the “Monument 14” series. Reviewer: Julia Beiker; Ages 14 up.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Niko and the other survivors of the Monument 14 have finally made it to a Canadian refugee camp where Niko hopes to be reunited with presumed-dead Josie. However, he and the group must survive a final set of obstacles in this fierce conclusion.

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Monument 14 Series , #3
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8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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DAY 31

Niko’s eyes flashed to our faces, one by one.

“Josie’s alive!” he repeated. “She’s being held against her will in Missouri!”

We all boggled at the newspaper he was holding out. It was Josie. He was right.

“I’m going to get her. Who’s coming with me?”

I didn’t know what to say. I’m sure my mouth was gaping open like a beached fish.

“Let us see the thing, Niko. Are you sure?” Jake said. Ever the politician, he stepped forward and took the paper from Niko.

“Is it really Josie? Are you sure?” Caroline asked. All the kids swarmed to Jake.

“Hold on, hold on. Let me set it down.”

Jake put the paper down on the bedsheet that Mrs. McKinley had laid down as a picnic blanket. We were out on the green, celebrating the twins’ sixth birthday.

“It’s Josie! It’s Josie, it really is!” Max crowed. “I thought for sure she got blowed up!”

“Careful with the paper!” Niko said. The kids were pushing and jostling for a better look. Luna, our fluffy white mascot, was up in Chloe’s arms, yipping and licking anyone’s face she could reach. She was just as excited as the rest of us.

“Somebody read it out loud, already!” Chloe complained.

“Now, Chloe. How would you ask in a polite way?” Mrs. McKinley reprimanded her.

“Somebody read it out loud already, PLEASE!”

Good luck, Mrs. McKinley.

Mrs. McKinley started to read the article. It said that the conditions at the type O containment camp were negligent and prisoners were being abused. It said that there was limited medical aid reaching the refugees inside. It said that if Booker hadn’t given the power to govern these containment camps to individual states, none of this would have happened.

But I was just watching Niko.

He was bouncing on the soles of his feet.

Action. That’s what he’d been missing, I realized.

Niko was a kid who thrived on structure and being productive. Here at the Quilchena luxury golf club turned refugee containment camp, there was plenty of structure, but almost nothing to do besides watch the twenty-four-hour cycle of depressing news from around the country and wait in lines.

Niko’d been wasting away—consumed with grief and guilt about losing Josie on the road from Monument to the Denver International Airport evacuation site. And he’d been starving for something to do.

And now he thought he was going to rescue Josie.

Which, of course, was completely absurd.

Niko started to pace as Mrs. McKinley finished the article.

The kids had a lot of questions. Where is Missouri? Why is Josie being hit by that guard? Can they see her soon? Can they see her today?

But Niko cut through the chatter with a question of his own.

“Do you think Captain McKinley can get us to her?” he asked Mrs. M. “I mean, if he got permission, he could fly us, right?”

“I think if we go through proper channels, we should be able to get her transferred here. I mean, obviously you children cannot go down there and get her yourselves,” Mrs. McKinley said.

I shared a look with Alex—she didn’t know Niko.

He’d already packed a backpack in his mind.

He turned to me.

“I think if you and me and Alex go, we’d have the best chances,” Niko told me.

Astrid looked at me sideways. Don’t worry, I told her with my eyes.

“Niko, we need to think this through,” I said.

“What’s there to think through? She needs us! Look, look at this picture. There’s a man hitting her! We have to get there NOW. Like, tonight!”

He was ranting, a bit.

Mrs. Dominguez edged in.

“Come, kids. We play more football.” Her English was a mite better than Ulysses’s. She led the kids away, out onto the green. Her older sons helped, drawing the little ones and Luna out onto the field.

Mrs. McKinley joined them, leaving us “big kids”—me, Astrid, Niko, Jake, Alex, and Sahalia—standing next to the picnic blanket and the remains of the twins’ birthday feast. (It featured a package of chocolate-covered doughnuts and a bag of Cheez Doodles.) There had also been some rolls and apples from the “Clubhouse”—that was what everyone called the main building of the resort. It housed the dining hall, the offices, and the rec room.

Astrid, who seemed more pregnant by the minute, had eaten her share, my share, and Jake’s share. I loved watching her eat. She could really put it away.

Her stomach looked like it was getting bigger every day. She had definitely “popped,” as they say. Even her belly button had popped. It stood out, springy and cheerful, always bouncing back.

When Astrid would let them, the little kids took turns playing with her belly button. I sort of wanted to play with it too, but couldn’t bring myself to ask.

Anyway, the little kids didn’t need to hear us fight, so I was glad they herded them away. Mrs. McKinley worked hard to arrange this little party and the twins should enjoy it.

Niko’s eyes were snapping and there was a little flush of color on his tan face. That only happened when he was really mad—otherwise he’s kind of monotone. Straight brown hair, brown eyes, light brown skin.

“I can’t believe none of you care,” Niko said. “Josie’s alive. She should be with us. Instead, she’s locked up in that hellhole. We have to go get her.”

“Niko, she’s thousands of miles from here, across the border,” I said.

“What about your uncle?” Alex asked. “Once we get in touch with your uncle, maybe he can go get her himself. Missouri’s not so far from Pennsylvania, compared with Vancouver.”

“It won’t work,” Niko interrupted. “We’ve got to go get her now. She’s in danger!”

“Niko,” Astrid said. “You’re upset—”

“You don’t even know what she did for us!”

“We do, Niko,” Alex said. He put a hand on Niko’s shoulder. “If she hadn’t gone O, we’d be dead. We know that. If she hadn’t killed those people, we’d be dead.”

“Yeah,” Sahalia added. She was wearing a set of painter’s coveralls rolled up to the knee, with a red bandanna around her waist. She looked utterly, shockingly cool, as usual. “Whatever we have to do to get her back, we’ll do it.”

“Fine,” Niko spat. He waved us away with his hands, as if to dismiss us. “I’ll go alone. It’s better that way.”

“Niko, we all want Josie free,” Astrid said. “But you have to be reasonable!”

“I think Niko’s right. He should go get her,” Jake announced. “If there’s anyone on this black-stained, effed-up earth who can get to her, it’s Niko Mills.”

I looked at him: Jake Simonsen, all cleaned up. On antidepressants. Working out. Getting tan again. He and his dad were always tossing a football around.

Astrid was so happy about how well he’s doing.

My teeth were clenched and I wanted so badly to punch him.

“Come on, Jake!” I said. “Don’t do that. Don’t make Niko think this is possible. He can’t cross the border and get to Missouri and break her out of jail!” I continued. “It’s crazy!”

“Says Mr. Safe. Says Mr. Conservative!” Jake countered.

“Don’t make this about you and me!” I shouted. “This is about Niko’s safety!”

“Guys, you have to stop fighting!” Sahalia yelled.

“Yeah, watch it, Dean. You’ll go O on us.”

I took two steps and was up in his face.

“Don’t you ever, EVER talk about me going O again,” I growled. His sunny grin was gone now and I saw he wanted the fight as bad as I did.

“You guys are a-holes,” Astrid said. She pushed us apart. “This is about NIKO and JOSIE. Not you two and your territorial idiot wars.”

“Actually, this is supposed to be a party for the twins,” Sahalia reminded us. “And we’re ruining it.”

I saw the little kids were watching us. Caroline and Henry were holding hands, their eyes wide and scared.

“Real mature, you guys,” Sahalia said. “You two had better get it together. You’re going to be dads, for God’s sake!”

I stalked away.

Maybe Astrid would think I was being childish, but it was either walk away or take Jake’s head off.

Niko’s uncle’s farm was the common daydream that kept Niko, Alex, and Sahalia going. And me and Astrid, too, to a degree.

Niko’s uncle lived in a big, broken-down farmhouse on a large but defunct fruit tree farm in rural Pennsylvania. Niko and Alex had schemes for fixing up the farmhouse, reinvigorating the crops. Somehow they thought the farm could house all of us and our families when and not if we found them.

It was a good dream anyway. Unless the farm was overrun with refugees.


Copyright © 2013 by Emmy Laybourne

Meet the Author

EMMY LAYBOURNE is a novelist, teacher, and former character actress. Emmy's Monument 14 trilogy has earned critical praise ("Frighteningly real… riveting" - New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice) and has been nominated by readers to the YALSA Teens Top Ten in 2013 and 2014. Before her life as an author, Emmy performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1; and acted in the movies Superstar, The In-Laws, and Nancy Drew, among others. Emmy lives outside New York City with her husband, two kids, and a flock of 8 nifty chickens.

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Savage Drift 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book! There is a few love scenes, not detailed, but you know what's going on, so I'd say 13-14+ age-wise. In addition, the book is so realistic, and the ending brings you tears. Hope you enjoy!
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One of my favorite series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best series ever. It is filled with adventure and love and excitement, and depression. This is the best series ever!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Really fun and terrifing at the same time.
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Excellent books xan i get these books on my e book free of charge
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Emmy laybourne did it again with her third book in the Monument 14 trilogy! A great and reccomended read! For older audences who can appreciate an outstanding read for sure. Keep writing Emmy! :) -bookworm14
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
It’s the conclusion, what I have finally been waiting for but I am not really ready for it to be over. There was something about how the characters cared for each other even though they had a wide range of ages. It was their compassion, how they supported each other and spirit within the group that banded the group together. They had fun yet they fought and encouraged for each other, even the tiniest individual in the pack. They formed a family even though they all were hoping that their maternal families had somehow made it through the whole ordeal and it was this bond, which set them apart. In this last installment, it’s the voices of Josie and Dean that are prominent; I really should say they are key to moving the group towards their target goal. It’s not just their voice that keeps the group in line but their actions somehow that pushes the group just where they need to be at the precise moment, perhaps it is just the luck of the draw but someone is looking out for them. When the group sees Josie’s picture in the paper at a Type O Containment Camp, they know they just can’t leave her there. Inside their own camp, it’s the who, what, where, and why questions that quietly float among the older teens as they contemplate on their own escape and how to find Josie. Astrid wants to go, as there are girls in her conditions being removed daily and no one is telling why. If all ends well, they’re all planning to meet up in Pennsylvania at the farm, this has been discussed long ago, it’s just all the details on getting there that are getting in the way. Back at Josie’s camp, she knows since she’s an O, this has affected her and she doesn’t let anything stand in her way. She has a temper, she doesn’t like to be taken advantage of nor does she like her friends to be walked on. As the story is told in alternating chapters, the story moves quickly and their journey is definitely memorable. The ending had me falling out of my chair as I just wanted the story to end, the suspense of one journey was enough but two- it was intense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was definitely not the best book in the series. This book, like Sky On Fire, is split into two points of view. Josie is stuck in the Mizzou containment camp for O blood types. Life there is very harsh. Almost everyone there is a savage, and if it weren't for Mario Scietto, Josie would be too. Josie's character is revealed brilliantly through the story as she struggles against her blood and pushes away the girl she used to be. In the very first paragraph of her POV, Josie claims that, "The Josie who took care of everyone- that girl's dead.... She was killed along with a deranged soldier. ( I killed her when I killed the soldier)." Josie has trouble finding the real her who is buried deep inside and not fully there for most of the book. Some of the scenes in Josie's perspective are very intense, and frightening at times. But Josie's story is so much better than Dean's. Parts of Dean's story are filled with action, but generally not as intense as Josie's. Dean, Astrid, Niko, and Jake have escaped Quilchena for two reasons: to find Josie and to save Astrid from the government testing on her unborn child. The drifts are a constant threat on their journey as it's possible the rumours are real and the drifts exist. One of the most annoying things about Dean in this story is his obsession with Astrid. He is constantly claiming, both in his head and out loud, that he loves her, she is beautiful, et cetera et cetera. You literally cannot go one page without him worrying about her. He is also constantly fighting with Jake, who still wants Astrid and causes the same repetetive scene over and over again. Another thing that bothers me about the Dean and Astrid relationship is that they are so certain they love each other after knowing each other for only one month. It's very hard to believe it's not just a mutual infatuation that can only last so long. I liked the ending a lot. In the end, it was a better book. I liked this, but the first two books were better. 3 stars
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Great ending to the trilogy. Bringing everyone back together really tied the story together in the end. Not 100% sure what the drift was exactly. Government? Natural? Who knows.
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I really enjoyed the first two books so of course I loved this one as well. This one wasn't as action packed as the other two, in my opinion. But I love post apocalyptic novels of course I loved this one too. All and all I thought it was a great series!
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I love post apocalyptic novel and truly loved and enjoyed Monument 14 as well as Sky on Fire. I especially loved Monument 14 because I loved the setting.. locked inside a big supermarket where everything is available.. when I was younger, I wished that would happen to me. Anyways, back to the story. I liked this world, I really did, and this is told from two POVs, Dean, our main guy, and Josie, which came as a surprise to me. However Josie is what redeemed Savage Drift for me because I had a ton of issues with Dean.. oh Dean. My Goodreads status updates sort of tell you my feelings towards him.  So in order to make this review spoiler free for the whole series, I won't be discussing the events in the book. However I will focus on the characters and their development. The first guy is Dean.. he was the main narrator in Monument 14 and at that time I was able to enjoy his POV.. however his obsession with Astrid, a girl he's always had a crush on, did get on my nerve at times. However it reached an all time high in Savage Drift. He was so immature and everything had to lead back to Astrid and his jealousy. I rolled my eyes so many times while reading this book. I honestly wished the book was told from Alex, his younger brother's POV. But like I mentioned before, Josie saved this book. Her initial chapters felt so robotic, and I could truly feel her pain.. her need to not get closer to anyone as well as her need to ignore her emotions and feelings. The things Josie went through were horrific. I loved that even though she's only 14, she is selfless and cares for so many people, even if she never wants to admit it. Her chapters were so thrilling and scary and gruesome at times. She was a perfect narrator.Lastly, and the thing that also annoyed me, is how so many plot lines were open ended.. loose ends weren't tied and I kept on reading the last couple of pages, trying to see if this plot line was mentioned or this person and his/her whereabouts were given to us.. but nothing. As if, only the original cast are the ones that mattered, and not the ones that we actually met in this third book and actually grew attached with. Still, all in all, while I thought the last book, Savage Drift, let me down a bit, mainly because of Dean, I really did enjoy and loved this trilogy. One of the really good post apocalyptic series out there. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an alright ending but it left too many untied ends. It did not talk at all about how Dean's mother was injured or how they survived to that camp and get Alex. It also did not say what happened to the other pregnant mothers that were taken away or what Bayden's dad even wanted with Josie's spinal fluid anyway. It is a nice series to read but i hope that their are more short stories to wrap everthing up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great conclusion to a compelling series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok he bumps he in the flank jokingly
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Not as Strong as Rest of Series If you haven't read the novella that falls between books one and two, <em>What Mario Scietto Says</em> , I strongly advise reading it before starting in on the final book of the trilogy. It will give you more insight into a strange relationship that shows up later on. Goodreads Blurb: <blockquote>The stunningly fierce conclusion to Emmy Laybourne's Monument 14 trilogy. 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. Author Emmy Laybourne reaches new heights of tension and romance in this action-packed conclusion to the Monument 14 trilogy.</blockquote> As with the first two books, this one has its share of action, danger, and suspense. Yet it all felt a bit too contrived, with all the loose ends being tied up too neatly. I think that the series might have ended on a higher note had it only been two books (not including the novellas). The moments of danger didn't feel as potent to me, nor as emotionally compelling. That may simply be a case of burnout on my part, having read all the books within a 12-hour period. Yet I suspect that isn't really the reason, having just finished a substantially larger ten-book epic fantasy series in the same fashion, reading each book back-to-back within a two day period. So I stand by my impression that this book was a reach on the author's part. I don't know if she simply wanted to square everything away, or if it was due to a contractual arrangement, or if she sincerely felt that this book would add to the overall story as a whole. Regardless of the answer, I find myself disappointed with the way this series ended. Too much of a little Pollyana Sunshine attitude going on for my taste. It clashed with the overall tone if the other books. However I did enjoy the way the story was split between different POVs for each chapter. And Josie's experiences were fascinating and felt much more in line with the rest of the series than any of the other story lines taking place at the same time. There was also a degree of self-awareness for some characters that had been missing previously, and was refreshing to witness taking place in this book. Either way, it is still worth taking the time to read this final book. Obviously not everyone will agree with my opinion, and I'm sure many people will love this book. I simply don't happen to be one of them. It just all felt too easy for me. But I can live with that, nor do I consider my time spent reading this book as being wasted. So that must say something positive for the book, right?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Monument 14 is my fav kind of book they are books for people that like lots of killing and death