Wednesday, September 21, 2016

51. Article 5 - Kristen Simmons

Book #1 in "Article 5" series of 3
read on my Kindle
2012, Tor Teen
362 pgs.
YA Dystopia
Finished 9/21/16
Goodreads rating: 3.78 - 23,740 ratings
My rating:  2
Setting: Dystopian east coast USA

First line/s:  "Beth and Ryan were holding hands.  It was enough to risk a formal citation for indecency, and they knew better, but I didn't say anything."

My comments:  This was an okay book...I was looking for a good dystopian adventure and, although it started out well, went downhill from there. I realize the protagonist was a teenager, but her back-and-forth deliberations and decisions seemed more those of a 14-year old, not an almost-18 year old.  And the way that Chase and Ember didn't talk to each other - with the history they had - was incredibly unbelievable to me.   Do I want to know what happens in book two?  Sort of, maybe a tiny bit...

Goodreads synopsis:  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  The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.

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