Tuesday, May 7, 2013

[Review] Article 5 by Kristen Simmons + Giveaway

Article 5
by Kristen Simmons
Series: Article 5 #1
Published: February 11th 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher - Pinoy Book Tours
Genre: Dystopian / Post Apocalyptic
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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The Bill of Rights has been revoked and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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. 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.

Article 5 is nothing like I expect it to be, I was brought into a world where military rules were heightened and law breaking is highly prohibited. Ember Miller our protagonist is under this predicament. She learn to survive and abide the rules set by the FBR. But when her mother got taken for the noncompliance of Article 5, she found herself in a situation where she has to decide to defy the rules and rescue her mother. But what if her only hope, is the one who arrested her mother? 

Action, adventure and a pinch of romance... you should definitely read this book! 

If you like your dystopian with some action and adventure this book is what you're looking for. The action just never stop, the adventure just keeps going and going until you'll find yourself engross with the pages. Not to discourage you from reading this one but I was kind of disappointed with this book, I think the action and adventure just didn't suit my reading palette. The world was established, defiance is expected from it and that's what the protagonist did which makes it predictable. If I'm going to be asked what's the difference of this book from other dystopian I guess I would say that the romance is one thing to highlight. Ember and Chase's relationship is complicated but in a good way. I didn't really get what kind of relation they have before but with the constant flash back of what really happened between them, I got a clear picture of what's Ember is to him and vice versa. Other than the never ending action and heart pounding scenes, I can't find anything that separates this book from other books I've read. 

I did enjoy reading this one but I guess there's an element missing from this book that I'm looking for. I guess it's the substance and the overall moral of the story. I didn't really get why the story has to progress in a fast paced yet very disorienting kind of way not to mention quite vague. The story was quite a drag, there's so many stop over until the climax. But after the climax it boils down to a disappointing read. 

Overall this book has got me on and off the hook but it's passable for readers looking for a good read. I guess I was just expecting more out of this book because of the genre. Though I did have a good time reading the adventure of Ember and Chase, the story just wasn't for me. The decision making of the characters and the story was quite a drag that it was quite intolerable at times. If you're looking for something to read with action and adventure in it, this book is totally recommended. Please don't be dissuaded on reading this book. We all have different kind of viewpoint for each book we read. Who knows this one might surprise you. Read this one if you get a chance!


I got this book from the publisher in participation of the blog tour it has no way affected my review of the book.

About the Author

Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She loves Jazzercise, her husband, and her precious greyhound, Rudy. Also chocolate. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida.

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  1. That's disappointing I've seen this book in the blogosphere and was putting on my TBR but there are so many amazing books that I'm trying to get through that I don't want to put one in that's just mediocre, great review though :D I do love an action-packed dystopian but not if there's no reason/rhyme for the book.

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess

  2. I like the set-up for the story. I don't normally read teen books but I might give something like this a shot.

    Tossing It Out
    An A to Z Co-host blog

  3. I'm going to check this one, I'm a new fans of dysto and reading your review make me curious with this book :)

  4. I just finished a dystopian book that could actually happen (Monument 14) and I liked it so much that I really want another one. I guess it's time for me to read Article 5!
    Great review!

    Cath Brookes (Alaska Search Marketing)


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