Title: Savage Drift
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14 #3
About: 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.
My Thoughts: This was the absolute perfect conclusion to the Monument 14 series. If you have been with me for a while now, you know that I loved Monument 14 and Sky on Fire. Savage Drift is just as exciting, just as compelling, just as fantastic.
I loved this one from the very beginning, as Emmy Laybourne has found the perfect way to jog readers’ memories as to the events of the previous two books. Before the first chapter, we have a letter to an editor of a newspaper, written by Alex, detailing what they’ve been through and stating the hope that the letter will help reunite families. This is probably one of the best recaps I’ve ever seen. It fits perfectly, and enough is said about previous events that I never found myself wishing I’d remembered the earlier books better. Perfect!
The dynamics between Dean and Jake are understandably tense. And there were times I wanted to smack Astrid — she’d do or say things that caused Dean to wonder just where her heart is. And, I felt, rightfully so. And then she’d get pissed and him and Jake for arguing and trying to make each other look bad. But, things do get worked out and the tensions do decrease, so I suppose it could have been worse.
We, of course, see things through Dean’s perspective, as we have throughout the series. The other perspective we get is Josie, and all I can say is that poor girl. She has been through so much, and now has so much more to face. There were times I was nervous about continuing to read, because I wasn’t sure I wanted to see what was coming. This girl has heart, and I found myself hoping things would work out in her favor.
The plot in general is fast-moving and covers a lot of ground, literally. We start in Canada, circle around the U.S. I’m not saying more than that, because I think it could serve as a mild spoiler. There were some twists and turns and such that made things work together in a way that, while I didn’t see it coming, made perfect sense. The two separate, but related, story lines are pulled together nicely. Just about all loose ends are tied, and I closed the book with a smile on my face.
If you have been reading the Monument 14 series, don’t hesitate to read this fitting, exciting, fast-paced conclusion. Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne is just as exciting and shocking as its predecessors were. If you haven’t been reading this series, I very highly recommend it. This is one that I’ve read in ARCs, and hope to get my hands on final copies (to keep forever) in the not-too-distant future. Happy reading!
Source: Sent by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Read It: Savage Drift is scheduled for release around May 6, 2014. You can pre-order your own copy via Amazon or Book Depository. (These are affiliate links, and purchase through either link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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