Article 5 (Article 5 #1)
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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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
I am very sorry if I gave anyone false hope with my earlier updates on this but I was also misled by the beginning of the book. What seemed like a potentially interesting dystopian world became little more than a roadtrip filled with teen romance and angst. It seems that dystopia is the hottest new setting for romance novels, because really, that's exactly what the author was writing. It was only made into a dystopia because of the current trending of this genre.
I mean, let us ask one of the ve...more
this book has crazy-high ratings and here i come in like a monster to muck it all up for everyone.
i just think this book is...lacking. it is another example of what happens when something gets overexposed. do we need another YA dystopian novel? well, i love them, so i would have to say "yes," but the problem is that when the market is flooded, some of the books are going to be waterlogged. and this one just doesn't measure up to the so-many-better ones out there. too many dystopias! leave...more
There is barely any room...more
It really says something about a Dystopian novel where when you finish it, you still have no idea how their society even got that way in the first place. And that kinda confuses me because I thought building a world of discord was the pointof the genre. Throwing two characters in a screwed up world without any further explanation besides, "Hey, there was a war!" doesn't work for me. Because it makes it incredibly hard to the reader to picture it in their mind. I'm no expert, but my favorite dyst...more
Ok, back to the scathing. And here it is: this book is a mess.
From the setup to the characters to the dialogue to the plot, this was a disaster on so many levels. I mean,...more
Ok.. I just wrote this in comments and I figure it can hold me over until I write a review later....
The majority of the reviews on this book are outstanding.
I just found Ember, the lead female character, whiny, self-absorbed, hypocritical, dumb and unworthy of...more
This is one of those books you love so much that writing a review for it is scary because you don't want to let it down. Article 5 is so packed with action and twists and turns that it's sometimes hard to breathe. The dystopian world, filled...more
I could not finish this book, and that's a big deal, because I always finish books. The story just didn't grip me from the start and though it seemed to have a lot of potential to be amazing, it just didn't work.
I think my main problem was with the protagonist. I could not stand her. She was whiny, annoying, and a complete airhead. She was incapable of rational thought and it grated on every single one of my nerves. I had to put the book down.
I had such high expectations because it ha...more
The main character, Ember Miller, wasn't a bad character. In fact, I did like seeing the story through her eyes. She was a remarkably clear, caring narrater. If only I felt like she sorta stood out. I mean, we don't know much about her other than she has a mother, t...more
Jenny Ikeda was fantastic reading Article 5. She just has a voice for audio, if that makes sense. She doesn't exactly sound like a teenager, which I know bothers some when listening to YA, but I don't think she sounds old either, more like early 20's. Sometimes that bugs me, but it really didn't at all with Article 5. It almost read like someone who was telling a story about what happened to her in the past, and so I thought the voice really fit. Her voice was soothing, yet engaging. S...more
Article 5 was one such book (another example is Divergent).
I was expecting action! And awesomesauce fights! All I got were two bickering teenagers in love. I can go to high school for that.
What sets me off most about this book is...wait. Forget I said that. Everything about this book sets me off.
1) The Characters
Throughout most of the novel, our dear protagonist remains...more
The story is the same set up as with most dystopias nowadays. The Government runs the country and it is not for the better. I am n...more
I’ve read so many excellent books recently, I’d forgotten what it was like to read a less than mediocre book.
This was a less than mediocre book.
I had high hopes for it given the many 5* reviews of it on Goodreads. What a disappointment. Let me be clear: this is not the new ‘Hunger Games’. This isn’t even THG’s inferior cousin.
Where to start?
What caused the War? Who’s in charge? Why did things change? These are all questions that need to be answered to give a “realistic” dystopian setting. In ord...more
I don't...I don't even know what to call this feeling I have right now.
A mixture of happiness, a bit of girly squealing, and pure rage.
- The plot was full of excitement and intensity. I was always kept on my toes. As soon as I ended a chapter, I just HAD to know what happens next (this is why I ended up staying up until 4 in the morning to finish this book). The concept isn't all that different from other dystopian novels - an over-controlling government in...more
After Simmons settles you into the unfair world of Ember Miller, she takes you on a crazy, world-widening survival ride. If you like post-apocalyptic survival stories, this book is for you. There was a scene in a trailer house that was so isolated, and the scene was so...more
I knew, even before I picked you up, that I was going to love reading you.
With your shiny destroyed-world cover and your happy Oh My God The Moral Majority Actually Won plot, I just knew you would be awesome.
Clearly I was wrong.
So terribly wrong.
Because here’s the thing, guys. I don’t care how good a book’s overall writing is – and really, Kristen Simmons is an engaging writer, so kudos there – if there are two things wrong, the whole piece won’t hold together for me. I am almost...more
Seventeen year old Ember is mortified when her mother is arrested and sent to trial for having a child outside of marraige. Ember is sent to a reform school complete with guards, locked gates and a cruel headmistress. Ember is terrified for her...more
Ever since the soldiers took over parts of America, Ember Millers life has changed drastically. She now lives in a world where being compliant is mandatory and civilians have to follow t...more
Three years ago, the War ended. Don't ask what this War was about. It just happened, and it was big enough to need a capitalization. Major cities are abandoned, and the Bill of Rights has been revoked and replaced with the Moral Statues. Ember Miller fell in love with her next door neighbor named Chase, but then he joined the army or whatever, and now he's arrested Ember's...more
Currently, the only way I think I can describe what I felt about Article 5 is by introducing Melanie's life story at high school *cue groaning and sighs of boredom* Okay, I admit, my school life is boring but I live in it and I survived so hopefully no one dies of boredom. In Drama class today we were analysing comedy. And we were watching this DVD on what makes us laugh; one of them being to overstate or understate the matter of something. (i....more
I was really looking forward to this book, and I think that's part of the reason that I stuck out with it until the end. If I had been of weaker will, I probably wouldn't have finished it.
I'm giving this a rating of 2.5 stars because I can think of more bad things than good in this book. I'll start with those first.
What irked me most about this book: the main character. The protagonist is very important to me, especially in first person YA novels because they guide the...more
In a very recently post-war United States, society is strictly governed by an almost religiously-based set of Articles. There is only one religion, there is to be no inappropriate literature, families are considered to be man, woman and children, ‘traditional’ male and female roles are to be observed, and Article 5 – Children are considered valid citizens only when conceived by a married man and wife.
In this brand new, sm...more
I was at home hiding under my bed and the KKK would bust into my house and try to take me. The always found me. Yes, I know I am a white girl. But, in my dreams it didn't matter. They were after me and it was horrible. I would pretty much always wake up when they looked under the bed and found me. Needless to say, I am completely terrified of these organizations. I ca...more
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