30 August, 2013

book review

Breaking Point (Article 5 #2) by Kristen Simmons

My Copy: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Won from Jean Booknerd
Genre: Dystopian | Young Adult

The second installment in Kristen Simmons’s fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series.

After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.

Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion….

Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself.

Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways.

With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

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My Review

Breaking Point follows Ember on her action-packed, crazy, dangerous journey as she tries to find somewhere safe to hide out.  It is even more difficult than she could have imagined.  And, after Ember discovers the truth about Chase’s past while he was out of her life, she becomes distraught and makes a mistake which causes her to become captured once again.  Now, she has to find a way out and continue on her journey without getting caught again.  If she is caught again, she will undoubtedly be killed.

I thought Breaking Point was slightly less impressive than Article 5.  It was a good read, though, and was able to keep my interest for the most part.  Ember is quite a bit of a stronger character in Breaking Point.  She exudes more confidence and is able to do things that I don’t think she would have been capable of before.  She is a good character who is easy to connect with.  I like Chase as well.  Though, sometimes Ember and Chase’s relationship is infuriating.  They have quite the dysfunction going on and it seems that their relationship is constantly on the edge of a cliff, just waiting for something to knock it off and end it.  Chase is very strong and hard, yet soft and sensitive when he needs to be.  He’s not my favourite leading male character by any means, but he’s good enough I suppose.

I will be reading the third book, Three, when it comes out next year and am looking forward to doing so.  Just the title gets me really interested in reading it and concluding the trilogy.  If you’ve read Article 5 and/or Breaking Point, I’m sure you understand why.

3 stars blue

A Peek Inside

Chase’s gaze darkened, and I followed it to the bus window where five printouts had been posted.
John Naser, aka John Wright. Robert Firth. Dr. Aiden Dewitt. Patel Cho.
Ember Miller. And there below my picture, in bold letters: ARTICLE 5.

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