Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (ARC)


Title: Article 5
Series: Article 5 Series
Book #: One
Author: Kristen Simmons
Published: 2012
Source: Around the World ARC Tours

My Rating:  [Five+Pink+Hearts.jpg]

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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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. (taken from goodreads.com)

I. Love. This. Book. I've been trying to write this review for an hour now, but I keep deleting everything I type. I just can't find the words! Article 5 is everything that I look for in a novel- addictive, heart-pounding, original, ROMANTIC, and wonderfully written with deep characters. Last night, I stayed up until 3:30 devouring every single word. I couldn't stop. Seriously, I'd set it down on my nightstand and try to sleep, but the temptation was too great!

Let's start by analyzing Ember. I wish I could be her. Headstrong and fiery, she does whatever is necessary, no matter how terrifying or risky the plan may be. While Ember seems older than than her seventeen years, she is also incredibly relatable. As her life is turned upside down by the Moral Militia, her heart changes from one of an innocent girl to that of a hardened fighter. 

Now to talk about Chase. Oh, Chase. Where do I even begin? I'm head over heels in love with him. I haven't been this obsessed with a fictional character in ages! I'm moving him to the VERY top of my ever-growing list of fictional-boyfriends. I adore him. Amazing muscles, towering height, dark eyes, and jet black hair aside, his personality is fascinating. I spent most of the novel trying to figure him out, and I'm not sure if I'll ever truly understand his deep character. 

The word "exciting" doesn't even cover this plot. Try, "thrilling" or "electrifying."  The action begins within the first few pages and doesn't let up. I was dragged along on insane twists and turns, and I loved every minute of it. The ending completely threw me, and even though it was as far from a fairy-tale happily ever after as possible, I loved it. It wouldn't have been authentic dystopian literature if everything had been picture perfect in the conclusion.

Article 5  is, without a doubt, one of the best YA dystopian novels I have ever read. End of story. This debut novel deserves attention from each and every teen reader. Books like this one are the reason I'm a reader and a reviewer. Absolutely amazing.