I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Article 5 #2
Published by Tor Teen on February 12th, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: blog tours
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?
Breaking Point has probably one of the best dystopian worlds I have ever read. Down to the government being insanely controlling and their rules being enforced by all the military, the citizens have lived in fear all their lives. This is certainly the case with Ember and Chase. When we ended with Article 5, they faked their own deaths and have now become well-known fugitives, with Ember being on their most-wanted list.
Ember struggled a lot within the course of the book especially when it came to the memories she had cherished with her mother. We’re privy to her flashbacks and ultimately find a lot of growth in her character. Even though she was just as whiny as ever, I can’t help but want to tell her to get a grip on reality and stop whining and do something. I’m not even sure if those memories added anything to the story either. Chase on the other hand is always there to rescue her and I couldn’t help but feel pity for the guy in love with such a damsel in a war torn setting.
Most great books give a summary of what happened in the first book whether it be a few sentences to a few paragraphs but Breaking Point didnt have any. I was lost as to what happened and I couldn’t remember who the characters were at all. Bad sign that I completely forgot anything about the first books. There is very little plot! I was so underwhelmed with the story line and this book was a back-story filler as most second books are. I am only guessing their mission was to find Rebecca because all the other sub-plots felt disjointed and awkward and I had a LOT of trouble keeping up with the story. I think the only thing that kept me going was trying to find out who the sniper was. And when I found out, it was in the most abrupt way possible. It was also extremely long, and some scenes could be cut because I didn’t think it could add a lot of dimension to the story.
Lots of character growth and development.
Too slow and too long for my liking.
Definitely embodies the story very well and I love how Ember and Chase are on the cover again.
Very little plot, but lots of world building details and back-story.
Overall, a good read that had highs and lows.
We stepped outside the stolen FBR cruiser, knowing we left all uncertainty, and the safety that came with our once believed truths, behind. There was no going back now. Hope, and all her terrible consequences, had struck. In minutes we would learn the truth.
Either my mother was alive, or someone was playing a very dangerous game.
–Breaking Point, Pg. 228