Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Article 5 (Article 5 #1) by Kristen Simmons

Published date: January 31 2012

Publisher: Tor Teen

Pages: 362 (hardcover)

Summary: (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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.

Review: In the beginning chapters of Article 5, the first book in a yet another YA dystopian series, I was a little apprehensive. I didn't know where this book was going and it started off sounding like every other dystopian novel out there, which happens way more than it should. Alas, it still does. 

But I was dead wrong. 

It seems as if every book (I've noticed this even in my own writing) that most books begins with writing that is very immature and mediocre, but as it progresses, the story strengthens to become this masterpiece of wonders. That is exactly what Article 5 does.

The story starts off with Ember Miller, a normal, easy going girl who indeed remembers how things used to be. One of the many things I loved about Article 5 is the fact that Ember does know what the world looked like before the event that made this book dystopian happened. A lot of new changes are made, of course, to the United States, and the Moral Statutes are put into place to keep the people in order. We probably all know that whatever the government does, we usually don't agree with it. There will always be people on both sides of the law; the people who break it and the people who enforce it.

Chase Jennings is supposedly the latter of the two.

I absolutely love the fact that we learn more about Chase from Ember's memories than we do from the actual person. I've always been a fan of books that introduce characters like that, especially the love interest. He's sprinkled in a first, a mere breath of one who was once loved but now lost. When he actually comes into the story, it explodes with life and feelings, abandonment and hurt and loss. Ember powers through them, as she leaves her friends and her life before to get her mother back. She soon realizes that a lot stands in her way and the path is long, but she'll never travel it alone. 

Article 5 will have your emotions strung high and your pulse quickening as it takes you on a journey across the land we all know well with two people who'd never thought they'd see each other ever again. 

1 comment:

  1. Lovely review ;)

    I like it when love interests are introduced through memories too!

    I have my fingers crossed that this is better than the other dystopians floating around in the YA pool, you had me convinced with your 5 moustaches ;D

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