Series: Article 5 #1
Published by Tor Teen on January 31st, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, 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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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. 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.
I have this love for dystopian novels. Why? Because the whole building is the same, and I like straightforward plots where you know who the enemy is. The government. Now I haven’t read a great dystopian since Marie Lu’s Legend, but that doesn’t stop me from reading them all.
From what I gathered from the description, I thought this was a mission to find her mom and keep her safe, which it was, but then Ember finds herself being kidnapped by the soldiers. Talk about a prison for children. Shot dead if caught leaving the grounds? No thanks! I admire Ember for her sheer determination to help her mom. I love how Kristin Simmons managed to weave in twists and turns during the entire book, and I did not see that twist coming which I love love love. I also fell in love with the dialogue between the two characters, Ember and Chase. How sweet and loving they were! Check out my quotes below if you don’t agree with me! There’s something adorable about childhood romances that makes me shudder. Ember’s thoughts could be mindless teenage babble sometimes, but I choose now to ignore that whenever a character becomes too annoying.
Overall, a good dystopian novel, but it’s not one of the best. Kudos to Kristin for spinning a novel full of fast paced action and romance. I look forward to reading the next book!