Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Tor Teen
Page Count: 362
Synopsis: 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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.
Review: I don't know why I took forever to finally pick this book up from my shelf, but I'm so glad that I finally did. Article 5 is a true, hardcore dystopian in the sense that the government is so messed up and as a reader, you're terrified for your own life.
Heart pounding and horrifying, Article 5 is scary. At least, I thought so. The world building was really fantastic. I could imagine the restricting world that the characters lived in, and the awful settings that some events took place in. The government was insanely terrifying and while reading this, I felt like I was risking my life along with Ember and Chase.
Ember is a character that I'm not sure how I feel about. Sometimes, I liked her. Sometimes, I didn't. She made smart decisions at time, and then other times, she'd be irrational and dramatic. I guess I'll have to decide when I read the second book in this series. Chase, on the other hand, I completely loved. He was cold in the beginning, but I quickly warmed up to him. He was sweet and protective and just downright adorable. Ember and Chase had that perfect chemistry, which I just ate up.
I thought the plot was kind of predictable. Kristen Simmons uses quite a lot of foreshadowing and drops hints throughout the book. I picked the hints up and started predicting, realizing along the way that quite a few of my predictions were proven correct. However, despite that, I still felt that the plot was intense and absorbing.
Article 5 is thrilling, suspenseful, and what I believe to be a quintessential dystopian. I'm very keen to see where Kristen Simmons takes the story in the sequel.