Saturday, March 10, 2012

Book Review: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Title: Article 5
Author: Kristen Simmons
Year Published: 2012

Genre: YA Dystopian
Pages: 364
Rating: 5 out of 5
Summary: New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC have been abandoned. The bill of Rights has been revoked and replaced by the Moral Statutes.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 don't' usually 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 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. In the three years since the war ended, Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows ho two 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 what's worse, one of the arresting officers is non other than Chase Jennings... the only boy Ember has ever loved.

Review: This is the first dystopian novel for me. I always wanted to start reading Hunger Games, which is a dystopian novel but I always though something like, mah, I wouldn't like it because it's dystopian genre. But now that I read Article 5, I think this genre is going to be my favorite.

Article 5 is placed in post-war United States, where nothing is like used to be before. I liked how the author Kristen described some things in the city and how she thought of all that Moral Statutes, MM etc. Because I have never read other novel of this genre, I felt kind of sorry for those characters, or people in that city from the book, that go in jeal almost for nothing, how they are tortured by the goverment.

I liked the characters in this book, and I loved Ember, because she is such a strong female and It's not like any other character from other book I've read. Maybe at sometimes she could've been more careful and more stronger, though Chase akways ''cleans up'' after her, but okay, maybe that is just my opinion.

Because I LOVED this book, I'll start reading more dystopian novels, and I'm hoping, they all will be as good as this one.


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Books Glorious Books said...

I haven't read this one yet but I'm dying to get my hands on it. Sounds like a great read