Sunday, 3 November 2013

Book Review: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Title: Article 5
Author: Kristen Simmons
Pages: 368
Format: Kindle ebook
Goodreads Average Rating: 3.80/5
My Rating: 9/10

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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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


There was so much that I liked about this book. The pacing was really good, and there was enough drama to keep me hooked right the way through.
I enjoyed the story line, thought the plot was well thought out an developed well. I liked the characters and how they all interacted as well. There were a lot of points where I found myself unable to pull my eyes away from the screen, because I just wanted to see what was coming next.

With books like this, I always worry that they might be a little too predictable, and even though I did see a couple of things coming, there were some parts that were a surprise to me.

The ending was strong and has done it's job and made me want to read the next book in the series.

Overall I'd say that I loved this book, it kept me interested and I'm looking forward to the next one. I highly recommend it.

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