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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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
It took me forever to write this review. Okay, maybe not forever. More like three days. But still, I struggled to put together something coherent. And I still can't guarantee that it is coherent. And that's not because I hated this book. Nope, definitely not. It was because I loved it so much. So much so that I struggled to find the words to express it. Even now, I don't think I have done it justice.
But here it is, anyway.
First things first, take a look at my rating for this book. 4.5...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
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
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
There is barely any room...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ember lives in a world where the Bill of Rights has been dissolved and replaced with the Moral Statutes. Police officers have been replaced by soldiers, and what once might have resulted in a fine now means imprisonment or worse.
It hasn’t always been this way. Ember remembers when people still lived in big cities like Washington, D.C. and New York and had freedom to live without fear of punishment. Ember ha...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
HE'S MY NEW HERO AND LOOOOOOOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
Okey so from where should I start????
This book was so frekking amazing and ooh I swear I just couldn't stop reading I didn't even go out of my room ONCE to do something else than to get a glass of water or to eat something while I was reading this book! This book has it all action,sadness, excitment, horror and an amazing love story that makes you fall for Chase even before...more
Disclaimer: I stopped reading at the 63% marker, page 250-something, just couldn't take it any more.
Before I begin spewing out my not-so-nice thoughts, I want all you Goodreaders to know that I REALLY wanted to like this book. For reals. In fact, I’ve been anxiously awaiting Article 5’s release for some time. So it with much regret that I ended up not really liking it. In the least. And the half a star added is merely because the beginning intrigued me, and after every flip...more
First reaction after finishing this book: Shame. What a damn shame. *heavy sigh*. Oh dear, this book could have well been my favourite of 2012 so far, but the characters just ruined everything for me. And you know how picky I am about characters, I prefer having amazing characters and zero plot but IF, like this thing here, if you've written such an original and addictive plot but with annoying and whiny characters, with love intere...more
1/13/12 - YAY! I won a copy through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway!!
UPDATE 1/25/12 - What an amazing story! I felt like was there with Chase and Ember throuought the whole journey, and what a journey it was! It is a scary world they are living in in this book...i was scared for the characters, never knowing what would happen next. The ending was awesome; it didn't leave off on a cliffhanger, as it was tied up nicely, but i am sooooo ready for the next book and to see how the resistance shape...more
The first reason why I don't like this book is because it has a very bleak outlook, there is no hope and I want to see hope in a book. Further we get to read terrible gruwesome details, which I don'...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
Holy crap what a ride!
I had read a few reviews before starting this book and still wasn't ready for the intensity... the utter s...more
Yes it took me too long to read this book. I feel bad for that cause I really enjoyed this read but also I'm happy cause I don't have to wait long till the sequel. But one thing is sure this was a really enjoyable book.
As you may have noticed this is a dystopian book and as such it has we can say slow and not fully understood beginning. It took me some time to get into the story and catch all the info but once I did everything went on easily. This is a stor...more
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The intensity in his gaze took my breath away. I could feel him. Every part of him. His soul was sewn to mine. His heated blood flowed through my veins. I'd thought that I had been close to my mother, and I was, but not like this. Chase and I barely touched- our hands, mouths, knees- but there was no part of me that was not his.”