Jera’s Jamboree review : Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

sky on firePaperback: 288 pages

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (7 Nov 2013)

ISBN-10: 1444914723

ISBN-13: 978-1444914726


Trapped inside a superstore, fourteen kids have worked together to create a refuge while a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and a terrifying chemical weapons spill, mean they cannot leave. Then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, but also bringing a glimmer of hope.

Knowing that the polluted air outside will turn them into bloodthirsty rage monsters, some of the kids decide to stay in the safety of the store. But their sanctuary has already been disturbed once …

The others, determined to find their parents, head out into the darkness and devastation in their 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 . . .

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I read the first book, Monument 14 in April 2013 (you can read my review here).  It was a ‘keeper’ for me.  I was looking forward to continuing this story with Sky on Fire but a little apprehensive that it wouldn’t grab me as much!

I thought beginning with a letter from Alex saying who was where was a great way to refresh memories and for anyone starting with this book, gives enough of the backstory to be able to read this as a stand-alone.

Following Alex on the journey to Denver and his brother Dean left in the store, we’re taken on another knife edge journey.  Different environments but experiences and conflict in both still keeping the plot moving at a fast pace.

How I imagined the outside to be is exactly as it was.  I think this says a lot about the author’s skill in creating this post-apocalyptic world.

With a deadline near the end that gets your heart rate pounding, I couldn’t wait to see what the outcome would be and what could possibly happen after that, especially as there are a couple of happy endings.  What could possibly be as exciting?  With one of their group presumed dead, Nico’s eagle eyes has seen a newspaper article and photo. I can’t help but wonder though if the quest to find her will be as enthralling.

Buy it but be loathe to share your copy ... it's a keeper!

Buy it but be loathe to share your copy … it’s a keeper!

Savage Drift, the final in the trilogy, is out in May 2014 (so not long to wait!) and there’s a sneak peek …

Finally, there’s a Q & A with the author at the end of the book.

I would like to thank the publishers for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Find out more and connect with Emmy Laybourne via her website. Emmy tweets @EmmyLaybourne and has an author Facebook page.


4 thoughts on “Jera’s Jamboree review : Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

  1. Thanks for that. I forgot that I had been holding my breath to find out what happened next after Monument 14! I have instantly bought this for my Kindle. All the best 🙂

      • Just finished reading it. Again VERY good. I would very much recommend, though, that people don’t read it as a “standalone”, as the first book lets you get to know the characters and circumstances more. And they are (for grown-ups at least) quite short books.
        I do wonder what can possibly happen in book 3 to equal the excellent plot and suspense of the first two. Roll on May…
        Thanks for recommending 🙂

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