Saturday, May 9, 2015

Book Review | Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Article 5 (Article 5 #1)

Author: Kristen Simmons
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Publisher: Tor Teen
Page Number: 362
Genre: Dystopian
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.

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My Review:
I hate Ember. SHE DRIVES ME FREAKING INSANE. She's so stubborn, yet she doesn't know a single thing.
Have I got your attention yet?
Article 5 is a typical dystopian, with a corrupted government, rebels, terrible romance, etc. There's nothing special about it, just the stupid laws.
IF I WERE THERE, I'd just be like, fuck this shit, I'm outta here. 
No, just kidding, I'd probably freak out XD. 
Article 5 follows a seriously annoying girl named Ember, and her mom basically doesn't listen to rules. So, her mom gets taken by the law, and stuff happen. 
The world building, I'll say, is pretty good. I could really imagine the harsh environment they were in. 
The romance. Urgh. WHAT EVEN. I don't even know why Chase likes her, she's so annoying. If you were going to get killed, and a guy saved you, would you yell at the guy who saved you that they killed another man? NO. I'll shut up about Ember now. Hopefully.
The ending though, man. The ending was pretty amazing. It was tense, and I still hated Ember.
Okay, I should get all my thoughts out about Ember. Chase is there, fighting, all heroic and stuff, and Ember's just on the side like, "Oh, this is bad." And what does she do? Help? She hesitates.  Honestly, I've just gotten used to strong characters in YA dystopians, and so when I see Ember, I'm all like: What?!

Okay, I did enjoy some parts of this book, but I'd only recommend it for hardcore dystopians. Like, you only read dystopians. But who'd do that?!

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