I tried, I really did. (I would not put this in the same league as Divergent/ Hunger Games).,
This review is from: Article 5 (Hardcover)
I am really gutted to give this 2 stars. I had such high expectations after reading the reviews so I took the plunge and purchased Article 5 over the countless other books currently in the dystopian genre.
It started off really promising, I love that ember was alive pre and post war allowing her to compare, I love the new control procedures as it's something that i could imagine not too far from the truth if happened today, and I love the mom brining in contraband and having a disregard for the rules.
I even loved the idea of the reform school, and then it all started to unravel.
The writing is not bad, however slow and it lacks the excitement and fear that I usually feel in dystopian novels.
My main problem is Ember, for someone who is described as independent and able to take care of her and her mother when they have nothing, as well as someone who saw life before the war; she just seems so stupid, and whiny.
She tries to portray herself as moral and someone who doesn't want to hurt people however is perfectly happy to blackmail someone (knowing he would be killed) but then is disgusted with chase just because he does it with his own hands. (In my book hers is worse).
I really tried to like it, personally I do not agree with those who say if you like divergent then read this as I feel they are very different and so are the main protagonists.