Narrator: Todd Haberkorn
Series: Monument 14, Book 2
Published by Brilliance Audio on 28 May 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Length: 5 hours 23 minutes
First Line: It was a lovely moment.
Monument 14 Series Order
Book 0.5: Dress Your Marines in White
Book 1: Monument 14
Book 1.5: Jake and the Other Girl
Book 2: Sky on Fire
Book 3: Savage Drift (~2014)
Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne picks up pretty much where Monument 14 ends and follows a quick and steady story ARC that is now divided between two POVs. Since the group split at the end of the first book the only way to know what is going on between the two groups is to split the narrative. In this case we have Dean, who narrated the first book, and Dean’s younger brother Alex. Narrator, Todd Haberkorn, does a good job bringing both brothers to life in a way that gives them each a unique voice. Though it is helpful that Laybourne states at the beginning of each chapter whose head you were supposed to be in.
Action is pretty solid in this book and it doesn’t read as your typical second book in a series which often just serves as a transition from from the beginning to big ending climax of the final book. Although, this book does read as more as a duology then as a series. There is an epilogue which is the set up for a third book but it felt almost as if it was a last minute add on, an after thought. And if I am honest it just made me sigh a bit as it seemed so forced. Plus, on a personal note, I am just not a fan of epilogues that happen before a series is over. To me epilogues, are a thing that is more final and not as a transition device.
Overall, I did enjoy the story progression of this book. Both narratives were believable and for the most part realistically set. Though there were a few times when the timing of things seemed a little bit off. Though, this might just be a result of listening to the story as opposed to reading it in print. As I wasn’t able to flip back and forth to verify when things were happening. So, I was able to let this little nuggets and doubts go. And the actiony scenes at the end did serve to add tension which could also have added to why time seemed to be off. Fast moving, time running out events do speed up the heart and skew things a bit.
As with the first book, I enjoyed Harberkorn’s narration, though I did still sometimes feel as his voice read a bit older than the ages of the characters. Its something that is a bit jarring at first but that you get used to as the story progresses. As the third book, Savage Drift, will be narrated from Dean and Josie’s POV (as Emmy Laybourne revealed in this interview), I am curious to see if Harberkorn will do both voices or if they will employee a female narrator for her parts. My vote is they get a female narrator as that just works best to me with dual narratives of different sexes.
Sky on Fire is a good continuation of Monument 14 and if you liked the first book then you will probably enjoy this one as well. This is a realistic dystopian series and I just love how there is a reason behind the events and with each new thing that happens there is a believable cause and effect. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the third book and hope that events continue to progress in a believable and logical way.