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May 15, 2014

Review: Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne

Savage Drift (Monument 14, #3)
Title: Savage Drift (Monument 14, #3)

Author: Emmy Laybourne
Publisher: Raincoast
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult (Post Apocalyptic) 
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 306

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.

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. 
I saw that Giselle @ BO-OK NERD CANADA uses her goodreads status updates on her reviews and I think that is a brilliant idea. So I am stealing (and crediting) her use of it. I think Goodreads status say so much about how a book is, especially if you always update, which I do. 

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. 
        Reviews by Juhina for the first three books in the series:


  1. It's too bad this one left you a little on the disappointed side, but at least got some enjoyment out of it. Great review.

  2. So I enjoyed this book a little more than you, but I'm still glad you liked it. I noted in my review as well how annoying Dean was at the beginning of the book, luckily he does finally become more mature near the end.

  3. Great review Juhina. <3 I'm glad you liked it, but sorry you didn't fully love it. I loved reading your goodreads updates, lol :D Thank you for sharing. <3 I didn't pre-order this book. But I own the first two. Which I kind of regret.. I like the plot, but I hate what I know about the relationship DRAMA. Not for me at all :( Ack. Maybe someday, lol. Anyway. Amazing review sweetie. <3 Thank you for sharing :)

  4. I haven't read the first book, but I love these kind of stories. Too bad that it wasn't that spectaculair. I hate it when a book in a series is a let-down. Great review.

    Nina from j 'adore happy endings

  5. I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this as the sequels, but yay for kick ass heroines!

  6. I haven't started this series yet, but I think I have the first book. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this as much as the others. The series overall sounds pretty good.