Title: Article 5
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen (January 2012)
I was excited to read Article 5 as I am fully on board the Dystopian bandwagon that is widing its way through YA recently. I was absolutely sold on the cover, which is beautifully detailed.
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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.
Sadly, Article 5 didn't quite meet my expectations. It was an exciting enough read with plenty of action and thrills. But I just didn't buy into the whole premise.
The world-building was scappy at best and Ember was more focused on Chase Jennings than pretty much anything that was going around her. It made for a very frustrating experience as this book had the potential to be great. There were elements that could have been developed to expand on the story beyond teenage lust, but we all know that romance is the main selling point of YA, right?
Ember was exposed to some truly horrible things. One would think that she would have been more affected by all of this, but no. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the Chase Jennings Show! In which we will ponder why he left and if he is still the same boy Ember loved all those long, teenage menths ago.
Good things? Some of the descriptions were brilliant. I loved the idea of America becoming this regimented society where laws are so easily broken and punished. but I just wanted MORE.
There are books I would rather suggest to you. Like the brilliant Ashes by Ilse J Bick. Which juggles the action and romance appropriately and delivers a hardcore heroine in the process.