26 August, 2013

book review

Article 5 (Article 5 #1) by Kristen Simmons

My Copy: Paperback, 384 pages
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Purchased
Genre: Dystopian | Romance | Young Adult

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The Bill of Rights has been revoked and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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

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My Review

I’m a big fan of Dystopias and I thought that Article 5 was good, not amazing, but still good and enjoyable.  It had everything Dystopian novels typically have and should have, such as action, adventure, romance, etc.  Although, I felt like the world-building wasn’t as developed as I would have liked.  More explanation was needed in some areas.  But, overall, the story was good.  It was a good (crazy at times) ride.  The story is about a world, set in the US after being destructed by wars, where the FBR controls everyone and everything to the point of brutality.  Civilians are arrested for ridiculous things, and sometimes family members are sent to “rehab” facilities as a result.  This is what happens to Ember after her mother is arrested.

The story is narrated in first person by Ember, who has to overcome her childish, timid ways and figure out a way to save herself and her mother.  But can she do it?  Ember starts out as very weak characteristically, emotionally and physically.  She has a bit of smart mouth, but nothing to back it up with, so it ends up just getting her in trouble.  However, she does grow throughout the novel and at the end is quite a bit stronger.  I would assume she will only get stronger as the series progresses.

Chase is Ember’s love interest and enemy.  He was the boy next door who she was in love with.  Now, he is one of them, one of the soldiers, one of the officers that takes her mother away from her home.  When she runs into Chase again, he is not the same person that left her a year ago when he was drafted into the FBR.  He is a meaner, more violent version.  But, is there any way he is still the same person he used to be under his hard, closed-off appearance?  Ember can’t help but wonder.

I would recommend this book.  And, luckily, I just so happen to have the second book, Breaking Point, sitting on my bookshelf.  So, I get to read it right away!  Yay!  Happy reading…

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A Peek Inside

The realities of my intentions were rooting deep in my gut. If I ran, I had to face the possibility that I might not survive, and if I died, it would most likely be violently. But if I stayed, I wouldn’t know if my mother was being beaten or thrown in prison or shot.
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I wondered what Beth and Ryan would think if they saw me now. I wasn’t the frightened little girl being dragged away to rehab anymore. Something had changed inside of me, whittled away and made me hard. I doubted I even looked the same.
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