Monument 14: Savage Drift by Emmy LaybourneMonument 14: Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14: Savage Drift

byEmmy Laybourne

Paperback | June 2, 2015

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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?

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.

Praise for Monument 14: Savage Drift:

"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

By Emmy Laybourne:

The Monument 14 Trilogy
Monument 14 (Book 1)
Monument 14: Sky on Fire (Book 2)
Monument 14: Savage Drift (Book 3)


The Berserker series
Berserker (Book 1)
Ransacker (Book 2)

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 co...
Title:Monument 14: Savage DriftFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.24 × 10.67 × 0.94 inPublished:June 2, 2015Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250063078

ISBN - 13:9781250063076


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Needs to be a Netflix Film This series seriously needs to be turned into a Netflix film. My aunt and Mom read it and feels the same way. Read it so fast!
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Ending ** spoiler alert ** As I have continued to read YA books, I have started to discover that I don't love them, they just don't relate to me anymore and I find them a little too juvenile for my liking. However, there is something about dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories that just grab me and suck me in... it probably has something to do with being a self-proclaimed disaster junkie... I just enjoy reading about the world in chaos. For me, Savage Drift, was a great book... full of non-stop, fast-paced action that kept me reading way past my bedtime (remember, I'm old). It was a great ending to the series and I found that, for the most part, the story wrapped up very nicely and didn't really leave me with too many unanswered questions. I love it when a series does that! I liked that this part of the story focused on more of Josie's story because she sort of felt like the lost character in the previous books and I knew she was such a bad-ass that I wanted to learn more about her. As for the other half of the story, while I enjoy reading from Dean's point of view, he is just such a wimp... even with his new 'bulked up, type-o' image of himself, he just bugs me. Overall, very glad that I picked up the final book in the Monument 14 series because it really is a great series. Worth the read if you love dystopian novels!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BOOM! yes a strong finish to a great series!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such an Amazing Ending! Wow. I literally just finished this book and I have tears in my eyes (tears of joy to be exact). This was such a fantastic ending to this amazing trilogy. The books got better and better and this one just topped it off. I'm so sad that this trilogy is over. The ending to this book was fantastic and I'm so happy with what happened (which explains my tears). There were some flaws with the writing throughout the books and I didn't always like the style of the writing, but I ignored that. If you're looking for a fast-paced book/series to get you out of a slump, this would be perfect. The story is pretty easy to get into, and once you get into it, it's hard to stop reading. There is some parts where it slows down, but then BAM something (usually unexpected) happens and you're pulled back into a fast-paced, page turning experience. The characters were so easy to love and I really enjoyed getting to know them all throughout the books! They all grew so much throughout the books to become such well-developed characters. I love each and every single one of them! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good post-apocalyptic book, especially if you need something to get you out of a slump! This trilogy has some pretty graphic scenes dealing with blood/injury so if that's something you can't handle, I wouldn't advise you to read this! Other than that, go pick this up and read it ASAP!!
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Blend of Dystopian Adventure and Romance "The Savage Drift" is the thrilling conclusion to an intriguing and suspenseful YA dystopian series and begins with eleven of the survivors of Monument 14 finding a haven at the refugee containment camp in Quilchena. But as her friends begin to feel safe and cared for, Josie Miller who went O on purpose saving everyone from a deranged killer, has been incarcerated in a concentration-like camp at Mizzou where she's being terrorized by a violent gang and a brutal guard. When Niko Mills discovers the girl he loves is alive, he wants to go to Mizzou to save her. Dean Grieder and Jake Simsonsen not wanting to face danger again try to dissuade him, preferring he follow procedures for having her transferred to their camp. When the USAMRIID becomes interested in Astrid Heyman's pregnancy and wants to runs tests, her two protectors join forces with Niko to escape the Canadian refugee camp and search for Josie. Told from Dean and Josie's perspectives the plot follows two strands of a story that converge in an exciting conclusion. In a third novel that vibrates with adventure, emotional tension and action Dean, Jake, Astrid and Niko set out on a cross country journey that has them facing the "drift", a poisonous black cloud that turns type O's into lethal killers. The landscape of the containment camp for O types is darkly treacherous as prisoners are attacked for the least infraction and Josie begins to lose hope when every day holds another challenge in her survival. In a plot that's not only captivating but emotionally mesmerizing fifteen year old Josie has erected a barrier against any kind of compassion or warmth for Lori and the other children Mario Scietto has taken under his wing. Fearing for their safety in a hostile environment where she's continually attacked by those who want her dead and where she could be sent to a government installation for testing Josie's stress escalates until she begins to break. Yet for all the violence, heartbreak and tragedy in this story, there are strong elements of love, friendship and deliverance. In the refugee camp the children are optimistic about a future that could see them reunited with their parents especially the mechanically gifted Alex Grieder who writes a letter explaining the events that led up to the survivors of Monument 14 being housed in Vancouver. Loyal and affectionate, he's suddenly devastated by the news that Dean is going with Astrid, Jake and Niko to save Josie. Dean Grieder is resourceful, brave, understanding and supportive but at times jealous and competitive with Jake when it comes to his girlfriend Astrid. Pregnant with the government wanting to test the growth of her unborn child, Astrid tends to be emotionally unpredictable and high-strung. Although in love with Dean, she continually seeks out the father of her child who's a drunk with attitude problems. Unreliable Jake Simonsen wants to protect Astrid for selfish reasons, but with a strong dose of reality will pursue his own desire. Among the core characters are also antagonists like Ezekiel Venger, a malicious and heartless guard, a bully who has taken an adverse dislike to Josie and Mario, but all the personalities add fire, drama and power to this tantalizing and chilling tale. I thoroughly enjoyed " Monument 14: The Savage Drift" with a climax that was unexpected yet richly satisfying. I recommend it to all those that like a strong blend of dystopian adventure and romance.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Savage Drift Alright. First 2 books were way WAY better.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh ending for a series that was strong the first book was awesome! the second was ok and unfortunately the third was weak. it didn't have the same intensity as the other two. the two povs are from dean (who was annoying and whiney) and josie (who was the best part of the book). dean is free and in Canada with the others from monument. josie and mario are at a horrible camp where they are treated like inmates at a federal prison. all the "O" are put into this "camp". we meet a bunch of new characters with josie. we don't hear much from the original characters. i found the book was not as interesting as 1 and 2. everything is resolved, but the ending is rushed and i would have like to read more about what happened to other characters. when you've spent your time reading a series the ending should be powerful and 3 lacked it.
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book It was a great book to read. It never had a dull part in it. I never wanted to put it down
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book It was a great book to read. It never had a dull part in it. I never wanted to put it down
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a fine ending 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. 
Date published: 2014-05-15

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CHAPTER ONE  DEANDAY 31Niko’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

Editorial Reviews

"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