Article 5 Review

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Rating: **** Suggested Age: 13

Summary: “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 The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons was a book that doesn’t have nearly enough publicity as it deserves. I found out about it through a website that had a list of books for people who enjoyed the Divergent series. I thought it sounded interesting, so I bought it. In the beginning of the book, the plot seemed to hit the ground running. I wished that it would have taken a bit of time to build everything up before the inciting incident. It was also written a little too simple for my preference, I enjoy reading larger words and more complex sentences. Besides those two issues, the rest of the book was great. I read it over the span of about three days and spent about three hours today reading from page 100 to page 362 (the last one). I enjoyed this book quite a bit, much more than I expected as I began reading. Unlike most dystopian books, I feel the plot isn’t overdone. It is original and, sadly, something I see possible in our future. The plot had me hooked and I could hardly put it down. I definitely recommend this book to fans of dystopias.

-Book Hugger

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