Book Title: Article 5
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: January 31st 2012
Inkwood Books Staff Pick Blurb:
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons – “This novel takes place in a dystopian future where the Bill of Rights has been replaced with the Moral Statues and the police have been replaced with soldiers. Ember Miller has done everything she can to keep a low profile so when the ‘Moral Military’ shows up at her door to arrest her mother for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statues she is determined to figure out how to save her mother and herself from the future that awaits them upon arrest. To make matters worse one of the arresting officers is Chase Jennings, a boy she once knew and loved. With the sequel ‘Breaking Point’ already out and ‘Three’ on the way this is a series that gives the reader a look into a gruesome new world. Page after page you will be pulled deeper into the story and it will make you both root for and your heart ache for the characters till the end.”
“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The Bill of Rights has been revoked and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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. 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.”
– From InkwoodsBooks.com
Okay… Yes, I know what you are thinking… Yet another dystopian novel? Due to the popularity of ‘Divergent’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ it seems that dystopian novels are everywhere. However, Article 5 still has that ‘something different element’ that made it stand out. Many other authors that are trying to join in on this new ‘trend’ try to dilute the content in one form or another but Kristen Simmons does not stray from the dark side of dystopian novels. Throughout the novel there is abuse, torture, killings, and other elements that make it darker than your typical YA novel. Which is why depending on the reader I would say this book is for the more ‘mature’ and older side of the YA spectrum of readers. Overall, I thought that this novel was very thought-provoking and very haunting. Personally, I think the most powerful dystopian novels and the ones that leave a lasting impression are the ones that have realistic components to them. This novel is based in our world and has probable elements where it makes the reader think about what would happen if this became our future?
I know a lot of other people who have reviewed this books talk about how much they dislike the main character, Ember. However, I just ask that you give her a chance. The character grows as the story unfolds!
Finally, the second book in this trilogy, ‘Breaking Point’, is already out and the third and final book, ‘Three’, was just released last week!