Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Book review of Article 5 (Article 5 #1) by Kristen Simmons


New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren't always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it's hard for her to forget that people weren't always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It's hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.


From the moment I read the synopsis of the book, I thought I was hooked.  After I opened the book, I couldn't put it down, like literally COULD NOT.  I stayed up all night to read this book because I could not find a dull moment where I could insert my bookmark and call it a night.  Usually in a book, there are moments that are calm and you feel you can stop in.  Nonexistent in this book.  Which is ah-ma-zing!  Basically this is how I felt during the entire book:

 While I didn't agree with Ember a lot of times, I do still love her as a protagonist.  She's a young girl that has been thrown into a terrifying situation and stripped away of all her comforts and has lost the people she loves.  This book brought on ALL THE FEELINGS, it was an emotional roller coaster, I was sad, happy, scared and needless to say I peeled off all of my nail polish before it was over.  I CANNOT WAIT for the next book! 

The one thing I kind of wanted but didn't really get in this book was a little more history.  What war is going on? Who is in charge?  Whyyyyyy is the USA like this? But I'm hoping to get a bit more background in the next installment and I'm sure Kristen Simmons will not disappoint.  

If you like dystopian YA with lots of action and a swoon worthy hero, read Article 5.

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