Sunday, March 11, 2012
Article 5 Review
Reading Level:Young Adult
First book in Article 5 series
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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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
I knew from the moment I started this I was gonna love it. It was so amazing. I read it in like 4 hours and stayed up till 2 in the morning . This whole review is probably gonna be just fan girling. Sorry :). It's been awhile since I've read a dystopian. This was a perfect dystopian fix.
Ember is an amazing heroine. But she is also very frustrating. I love it when a heroine can annoy me to no end. Half the time I kept wondering what in the world she was thinking. Her mother was a huge part of this. At first it made sense but after awhile it got really old. Oh Chase I shouldn't love you as much as I do. It's unhealthy. Ember and Chase's relationship is why I loved this so much. I kept waiting for them to feel the same way about each other that they used too. Then I realized how much their relationship really had changed. All Ember thinks about is how she wants things to be the same. All Chase thinks about is protecting Ember. They both basically lost everything. All they had left was each other. I absolutely adore that with all my heart. It makes them so real and easy to relate to.
The storyline reminded me of Legend by Marie Lu. Both books are really different but the same in some ways. In both books the characters are really just stuck with each other and traveling all over the place searching for something. The action never stops in this book. Overall I absolutely adored this book in case you can't tell. If you haven't read this you need to like right now. I will hunt you down and force you :). 5/5 stars