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Article 5 by Kristen Simmons Book Review

Article 5 (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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.

When Article 5 first came out, I passed by it and had relatively little interest in it. That changed once I saw Maida’s book review for it at Literary Love Affair. It’s one of my new favorite books, and I’m so happy the wait for Breaking Point isn’t very long :) 

Ember was a great character, if a pretty complicated one. The government in Article 5 is very scary, with many ridiculous laws and punishments they have. When both Ember and her mother are arrested for violation of Article 5, she comes face to face with the guy she’s been in love with forever, who’s now a guard for the government (Chase).

Chase was such a complex character, but I still really liked him. After everything he had went and had to struggle through, his life was so crazy at times. I wanted to reach in the book and give him a hug. He and Ember had a very long history together, but both of them had changed so much in their own way over time. When they were reunited, it definitely wasn’t easy going at first. Over time, I loved the people they started to be.

The government in this book is terrible and all the people who lived under it had such horrible, oppressive lives. There was one scene that grossed me out a lot in Article 5. That was one thing I wished could have been left out, although it showed how desperate the people had become. The ending also left a lot of questions regarding the government, so I’m curious to see what will occur next. 

Article 5 is an amazing debut from 2012. I’d highly, highly recommend it. If you’re a fan of dystopia, you’ll love this book :) I’d give it 4 1/2 out of 5 flowers. 


  1. I'm so happy that your love it! :) Recently Maida and I talked about this book and we both love it so much. We decided that we'd love if there wasn't love triangle in the sequel! I hope our prayers will be answered! :D Great review :)

  2. I passed on this one, too, but I keep finding people like you who did the same and then ended up LOVING it. I think I'll wait until Breaking Point is released and then pick them both up. I hate missing out on really great reads because I didn't give them a chance!

  3. I can't wait to read this book :)! I got it not to long ago and I've heard nothing but amazing things about it. I didn't think I would be all that interested in it either, but this just makes me want to read it even more now. So glad you enjoyed the story so much! I can't wait to read all about the characters and the horrid government.

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  4. I love this one! I loved the complexity of Chase's character. Really looking forward to seeing how the sequel goes. Great review! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  5. I like complex characters so this one sounds like something I need to pick up. Glad you enjoyed.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  6. GAHHHHH.....WOOT WOOT!!!! I'm so happy you finally read this!! You already know how much I love it and I am just dying to get my hands on Breaking Point. I completely agree with everything you said. Chase is amazing and his relationship with Ember is complicating but perfect. I also can't wait to see what happens next with the government issue! So glad you enjoyed this, Montana! :D FABULOUS REVIEW!!!

    ~ Maida <3

  7. This was a very good book. I liked the post-apocalyptic theme. It was pretty believable, and I could imagine some of the things that happened in the story happening in real life. It was an action packed page turner.

    Cath Brookes (Seward Fishing)


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