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Article 5 (Article 5 (Quality)) Paperback – 29 Jan 2013
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This action-packed novel is a dystopian unlike any other I have read. --The Huffington Post
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KRISTEN SIMMONS has a master's degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband, Jason, and their precious greyhound, Rudy, in Tampa, Florida.
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Ember is the main character. Like Katniss (Hunger Games), Wren (Reboot), Triss (Divergent) and the girls from the Matched and Open Minds trilogies, Ember doesn't fancy herself as anything special and seems completely taken aback that the love of her life loves her in return. Why do these girls always have such a low opinion of themselves??? She is also being geared up to be involved in a rebellion against the government and blah blah blah.... Basically if you've read one of these, you've read them all.
The boy character, Chase, could easily be swapped out with Four from Divergent, Callum from Reboot or any other number of male characters. He's damaged, he's being forced into a soldiers life that he wants to rebel against but is scarily good at, but his love of the girl gets him through and keeps him human. YAWN.
The twist of the tale in what happened to a Embers mother? Guessed it as soon as Ember got to the girls school. When Ember was arrested in the last part of the book and then a mysterious unnamed soldier is put in the cell next to hers... The most obvious answer, it's the right one. DOUBLE YAWN.
The whole premise of the book is that there's been a war and now there's a new government but this is never explored more, which is frustrating.
And yet... Even though I can probably guess precisely what is coming up in part two and three, I am hooked. Maybe I need to get out more. Maybe I am just a sucker for a formulaic romance in a not so impossible future.
Would I recommend this to you? It's nothing special and once you've finished, it will blur with all the other teen dystopia fiction that's flooding the market. But, if you liked Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched, Reboot etc etc, you'll probably enjoy this.
Ember Miller lead an ordinary life. Until her mother was arrest for breaking Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. To make matters worse, one of the officers who arrested her mother was Chase Jennings. The only boy Ember has ever loved and cared for, but he isn't like he used to be. He's changed. And Ember doesn't know what to do to bring him back.
I really enjoyed Ember's voice. I didn't mind listening to her problems and worries. She is a very strong and courageous character who, in many ways, reminded me of Tris from Divergent. I loved reading about her relationship with Chase, from start to finish that boy had me swooning! Handsome, confident, clever, have I mentioned the fact that he is so handsome?
The book was action packed and full of exciting twists! It was slightly predictable at times but apart from that, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kristen Miller has delivered a book that will appeal to many fans of young-adult fiction. I can't wait to find out what she has got installed for us next!
Overall, Article 5 is a fun and daring book that will leave you anxiously awaiting for it's sequel.
This was a less than mediocre book.
I had high hopes for it given the many 5* reviews of it on Goodreads. What a disappointment. Let me be clear: this is not the new `Hunger Games'. This isn't even THG's inferior cousin.
Where to start?
What caused the War? Who's in charge? Why did things change? These are all questions that need to be answered to give a "realistic" dystopian setting. In order to make a book good, you need to feel like you're there with the characters, picturing the world they are in and there was just not enough background to bring you into the characters' universe in this book.
The characters. Every good adventure/thriller/novel has the main characters and then the supporting characters which you know just enough about to care about and look forward to them making a recurring appearance. This book seriously lacks in the supporting characters role. What few recurring characters there are, you don't care about and then the other characters mentioned (Beth, Ryan who seem likeable and even interesting) are mentioned at the beginning, never to appear again.
And then the characters we do have: Ember and Chase. She is obsessed with two things: her mother and pre-soldier Chase. She will repeat her thoughts on the both of these again and again. She is a completely unsympathetic character which is not what you want as your lead heroine in this type of book. And then there's this fact that her love/obsession with finding her mother would work better if we were actually introduced to their loving mother/daughter relationship in more depth at the beginning of the book.
And then there's Chase.Read more ›
This book had first appeared on my radar as I had started reading a lot of Young Adult novels of the dystopian persuasion and Amazon kept recommending it to me.
Like a lot of books of this genre this is set in the near future after a catastrophic event/s has shattered everyday life.
The main character is Ember who is 17 and lives with her Mother in what was the United States, after a series of events the big cities have been bombed and a new government has taken over and with this new government comes a new set of rules or articles and these are governed by the Federal Bureau of Reformation.
These articles are set out with what seems to be extreme moral family values in mind and as Ember lives with just her mother they are in direct violation of one of the Articles.
Sorry I am trying to write this with spoiling any of it for you, anyway i digress, because of Ember’s mothers breaking one of the rules/articles Ember is taken away to a boarding school and during the lead up to this she comes in to the path of her childhood love Chase (who sounds quite hot) but unfortunately he works for the bureau as a soldier.
The story continues with some of the horrors of the boarding school and the people who live there but luckily with a little help Ember manages to escape.
The book from there on deals with Ember’s struggle to stay hidden away from the cruel bureau.Read more ›
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It's rare for me to give a 1 star review. If anything, I'm usually too generous. More surprisingly than that for me though was that this book actually sounded really promising. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bex
Very disappointed. I picked this up because Shortlist magazine in the UK recommended it on their top ten list of dystopian fiction - in theory it sounded interesting. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mark Hillary
Book was dented, dust jacket was worn out and the book was definitely USED, when the description clearly said it was NEW.Published on 3 Jun. 2015 by reyn
Very enjoyable read - I liked the interaction between the characters, and the quests they shared. I have read the rest of the series too, and found them just as good.Published on 21 Sept. 2014 by Nat 87
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... Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I could not put these books down,I absolutely adore Dystopian novels and this one provided everything you need for an awesome readPublished on 4 Jan. 2014 by Mrs. A Moore
An extremely thrilling book with lots of adventurous moments that make you want to read on forever. I really enjoyed reading this book and will go on to read the rest of the... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2014 by W Gundry