Review: Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne

Genre: dystopian Age Level: young adult Series: Monument 14 #3
Genre: post-apocalyptic
Age Level: young adult
Series: Monument 14 #3

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.


Savage Drift was definitely the weakest of the trilogy. Monument 14 was a strong debut and Sky on Fire a consist follow up, but Savage Drift fell just a little short. The characterization isn’t quite there, and the plot is weak in places. Still, it is an awesome post-apocalyptic book.

The first book dealt with the disaster itself – the natural disasters, the chemical spill and the immediate aftermath. The second book took a look at what happens immediately after the worst has passed. Savage Drift takes a new angle – what happens to the people who have been affected? How do you move on and rebuild?

Dean, a character who, for the past two books, I found to be a great narrator – quiet and level headed, turns in to a jealous jerk whose testosterone levels are constantly above average. He is so immature and it reaches a point, quite quickly for me, when it becomes extremely annoying. Jake is well, Jake, but somehow he became a lot more jerky as well. Astrid seemed to lose all of her personality with her pregnancy becoming wishy washy.

Josie however, was brilliantly characterized. I loved all of the scenes from her POV. Her story was riveting and heartbreaking and done just right. The prison camp is brutal and just plain awful and it is impossible not to sympathize with Josie, trying to survive to the next day. I wish the whole book had been her’s, for with more time to develop her story, it would have really been something awesome. Especially considering the fact that the plot on Dean’s side was really rather pointless.

There were a lot of things that could have used a little more explanation and then there were things that should have been included in the book – interesting concepts that were briefly mentioned and never expanded on. Highlight to view the spoilers. How were they going about developing a vaccine? What about Josie made her special and able to resist the chemicals? Why would a spinal tap have endangered her life? What was up with the government trying to create super soldiers? Why was Astrid’s baby growing so quickly and in what ways was it affected by the chemicals? 

Emmy Laybourne writes in a way that is extremely addictive. Fast paced, loads of cliffhangers and an underlying sense of urgency and danger. Best clear aside a whole afternoon if you plan on picking up any of the books in the Monument 14 trilogy. The ending was wrapped up in a nice bow, but hey, that’s what I was expecting.

Recommend to fans of post-apocalyptic novels.

Other books in the Monument 14 trilogy:

Monument 14 – Book 1

Sky on Fire – Book 2

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you!


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