Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

I found this book somewhere in my crazed searching-BN.com-for-a-dystopian-book-that-would-be-amazing faze that is still occurring today. I stockpile books like other people stockpile food and weapons for the apocalypse, so this was book number 2 of 8 that was purchased for vacation reading. I really owe my mom some money for like four of those…but anyway.

If you like: dystopian societies, romance, drama, restricting governments, the future, escaping, or resisting oppression, you will like this book.

In the future, a War has changed the United States for the worse. The Bill of Rights is gone, replaced by the oppressive Moral Statutes. Soldiers control the people, making sure they follow the statutes; those who do not obey are taken to be “tried”, and are never seen again. Ember Miller has perfected the art of avoiding the soldiers, nicknamed the “Moral Militia” (“MM” for short), while trying to make sure her somewhat rebellious mother keeps a low profile. When Ember’s mother is arrested for violating Article 5 of the Statutes, which involves having children born out-of-wedlock, Ember is shocked to find her old love, Chase Jennings, as a soldier, exactly what he never wanted to be. Ember is taken to the West Virginia Girls’ Reformatory and Rehabilitation Center, where the cruel Sisters of Salvation try to “rehabilitate” her for her mother’s “sins”. To her surprise, Chase arrives to take her away, and they will race against time to find the carrier that will take Ember and her mother to South Carolina. But what will happen to both of them on the way…

What makes this story so good is each character’s transformation as it goes along: Chase, Ember, and even some minor characters all change from the beginning to the end. You also find yourself (if you’re a super nerd like me) holding your breath during rough moments and cheering in your head for a variety of reasons. This book is a great dystopian novel (and I just realized as I’ve been sitting here typing that I don’t think I have ever read a bad dystopian novel. BOO-YA. They are all just so amazing and- okay stop Megan. End dystopian love-fest.) I highly suggest it!

Pages: 368
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Sequel?: Yes; Breaking Point is going to be released on February 5th, 2013, according to Kristen Simmons’ website. BUT GOOD NEWS: You can preorder it on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or Books a Million . I gave you handy links right there, so if you read Article 5 and want to preorder Breaking Point, its right there!

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