Author: KRISTEN SIMMONS
Category: Y/A, Dystopia
Pub. Date: 01/31/2012
Publisher: Tor Teen
Series: Article 5 #1
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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.
Oh My, Oh My, Oh My! Kristen Simmons novel, Article 5 has easily become one of my top 10 books of the year.
Kristen Simmons has not only caught my attention with this novel, but I have also read book 2 of this series. (review soon) and have the third ready to read now. From the first page to the last, I could not put Article 5 down. The characters that Kristen has created in Article 5 are each so strong within their own rights. But then put them within the pages of this novel and you receive a story that you are so engrossed in that you find your own self within the books pages.
"The Moral Statues of the United States Of America: The Five Articles. "Are You Compliant?"
Ember Miller, where to start with her? Ember loves her mother, and is living her life such as it is. She is really the one taking care of things. But when her mom is arrested and she is taken from her life as she knows it for reasons that don't seem fair, she is determined to get her family back and put things right. She has memories of a boy whom she has loved since, well forever. Now they are mixed in with memories of her mothers arrest. How would you cope?"
I feel right into the pages and into the characters life's. Chase Jennings is the guy next door, whom Ember has loved since she can remember. The only boy she has ever loved. But then he is one of the officers involved in arresting Embers mom. Sending my mind out in to an emotional rampage. I was angry, confused and even found myself crying due to him doing what he felt he had to do. You will need to read the novel to find out why this young man brings out so many different emotions.
No police but soldiers, no fines but arrests, trials and maybe even worse. Being taken from your home and taken some place where you will have to obey or else? What is the world coming to? What will Embers life become if she fights or just gives in? Meeting people, going into and hiding in places that would scare an adult to death, much less a teenager.
Okay, So before I give any thing else away from one for my top 10 picks this year, I am going to try and say why it is just that!
Kristen Simmons style of writing is amazing. Making it so easy to put yourself into the story that you could even become one of the characters, bad or good. As well as becoming close the main character. I love how Ember seems so tough and independent. But Kristen also wrote her to be a teenager with a whirl wind of emotions.
This novel is so out there, but makes you believe that it could actually happen tomorrow. It is a must have for your reading list. And I, at this time have also read the second book in this amazing, fear grabbingly, suspense filled series. As well as I have the third book and starting to read it as well. Those reviews will come soon.
I was recently given the chance to meet Author Kristen Simmons after two and a half years of loving her books. And let me say: "OH WOW!" So put together and poised sitting there along side some other very amazing authors. Meeting her that day and listening to her tell about herself and her writing was one of the best days. I could not wait to meet her and have her sign my books. An Awesome evening.
So due to all of the above, and if I could give it a higher rating than I actually have on my rating scale, my rating would be much much higher.
And that is why I have to give this novel my Breath of Life clock rating of:
Five Clock Rating:
Disclosure: I did not receive the above book in exchange for my honest opinion and or review. But the Opinions are my own and yours may differ.
About the Author:
Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series and THE GLASS ARROW (Tor Teen). She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.