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Monday, February 27, 2012

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

I've noticed that the books I've been reading have started tilting slightly towards the fantasy/science fiction-y/paranormal. So, I was ready to mix it up when I saw Kristen Simmons' Article 5 on my Nook.
Here's the summary 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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.

First thing I want to say is major props to whoever wrote this summary. I would read it just for the purpose of finding out about these Moral Statutes, and what Article 5 was. Get me curious about something, and I'm guaranteed to read it. So, I did.

What I Liked: 1) The action. This book was nonstop. From the very beginning of the story, there as always some sort of action or danger that Chase and Ember were involved in. If you like a lot of action scenes, this will definitely appeal to you. 2) There is a fairy tale aspect to this story that was unexpected for me. I don't want to go into it, because I don't want to give anything away, but I made a connection to some of the old White Knight/Princess stories that I loved when I was a kid. An interesting find in a dystopian tale. 3) The government based on the Moral Statutes. I almost felt like it was futuristic and historical at once. Like Victorian era moral codes in a post-apocalyptic world.

What I Didn't Like: While this book was well written and enjoyable, there was nothing in it for me that just, stood out. The characters were a little two dimensional, and the plot was for the most part predictable.

Overall thoughts: This is a dystopian story that will appeal to fans of Veronica Roth's Divergent. The action in the book will propel readers forward from the very beginning, and you'll be surprised to see that several hours have passed without your knowledge while you've been wrapped up in all of the action. It's definitely a plot driven story that leaves something to be desired in its character development. But I'm looking forward to see where Miz Simmons goes next with the story and how she continues to develop her talent!

My rating: 3 shots

This book was read as a part of my Debut Author Challenge 2012!


  1. thanks for the review! I was interested in this book. I'm going to give it a try to see if I like it.


  2. I love books with a lot of action. I think this would be a good read for me. Thanks for the review!

  3. I am big on fast paced books with a lot of action. It's too bad that the characters weren't as complex as you would like. I do like to have a good character connection with depth. It sounds really great though. Thanks for the fab review.

  4. I am a big fan of Divergent and dystopian with lots of action. This book has been on my list for awhile. I do need a break from dystopian for a bit though. I wish that you liked it more though Courtney.

  5. Thanks for the review! I think I'll go ahead and give it a try. I've anticipated this book for a while, but I haven't picked it up from my bookshelf yet.

  6. Valen - I'll be anxious to hear what you think of it!

    Jennifer - Well, you'll definitely find a lot of action in this one! They are hardly ever in one place for long!

    Amy - I think sometimes with new writers plot is what they focus on. I have a feeling we'll see more character development as Kristen continues with the series. With a plot as complex as this one, I think it just drew a lot of attention from those characters. But I'm a character girl, so I noticed! ;)

    Heidi - I generally love dystopians too. Divergent is one of those books that I recommend to everyone I come across. And it wasn't so much that I didn't like it, I think it just wasn't what I was expecting. I need strong connections to characters to feel a good emotional pull to books. *strange*

    Lily - I hope you love it! Dystopian as a genre is growing so much, and I think that Kristin Simmons book is a unique addition!

    Thanks for stopping by, ladies!!



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