Rounds out the trilogy, which is good. There aren't any loose ends, although things are rather predictable in this one. The ending is pretty cheesy, b...moreRounds out the trilogy, which is good. There aren't any loose ends, although things are rather predictable in this one. The ending is pretty cheesy, but I'm betting that's what's expected of the genre. Not having read much else, I can't really say.(less)
I picked this up because I had to see what all the hype was about. I mean, more people are reading this than they are reading books I'm not even vague...moreI picked this up because I had to see what all the hype was about. I mean, more people are reading this than they are reading books I'm not even vaguely interested in (e.g. Twilight). Well, it wasn't as badly written as I was worried it might be. There were a couple of scenic errors, but nothing major. This book is precisely what it says it is. A naive girl, a guy with baggage, and some kinky fuckery. At least it's honest about itself? Oh, and of course there's this cliffhanger ending. Which means I've decided to read the next one (partly because it was loaned to me, and hence doesn't cost me anything), because I have to see where the ridiculous plot goes next.(less)
**spoiler alert** I borrowed this book from my mom's bag of "books to go to the bookstore" when I needed something to read. I like James Patterson, an...more**spoiler alert** I borrowed this book from my mom's bag of "books to go to the bookstore" when I needed something to read. I like James Patterson, and this seemed like something that would be a fun quick read. It took me about half an afternoon to read it. Also, I hadn't read anything like this from Patterson, and I was kind of curious.
I would put this book into the same genre/category as most Nicholas Sparks novels. It has that sort of story arc you get with most books in that genre. The beginning starts out with a feel good moment that becomes sad. Insert several years of the main character growing older, but the reader only knows this insofar as there is a page of explanation announcing the next part of the book. This is followed by a bunch of things in the main character's life going from bad to worse as she grows older. Then a bunch of happy things happen despite some difficulty, and there is a happy ending. Pretty standard, no?
Of course, there are several positive things about this book (aside from the expected happy ending). The writing is good, and the story is well paced. The plot requires a stretch of the imagination, and I mean literally. The characters are vivid, believable, and full of life. I'd say that the authors definitely succeeded in accomplishing what they were aiming for.
If you like books from this genre, then I would definitely recommend picking this one up. Otherwise, steer clear.(less)
I am reviewing this book after winning it from Tor Books in a First Reads Giveaway.
Article 5 is a work of young adult fiction, and would probably be b...moreI am reviewing this book after winning it from Tor Books in a First Reads Giveaway.
Article 5 is a work of young adult fiction, and would probably be best suited to young people or those that enjoy the genre of young adult fiction. Not being a member of the first category, I happily place myself into the second as I don't limit my reading to genres specifically tailored to my age group.
The story takes place in a futuristic version of the United States where war has led to the government being overtaken by Christian religious extremists. As a result of this change in government, the Bill of Rights has been revoked and replaced with the "Moral Statutes," a set of laws designed to help the remaining Americans regain their lost sense of morality. The enforcement of these statutes has converted America into a police state. This is presented to the reader through the first person perspective of a 17-year-old girl named Ember Miller.
Ember Miller is a girl who has adapted herself to the present state of the country. She has learned how to get what she needs for herself and her mother, enjoy a bit of immorality through thing such as reading banned books, and attempt to go unnoticed by the authorities--i.e. stay under the radar. Yet Ember and her mother, Lori, can't escape the fact that Ember was born out of wedlock, and hence can't escape the notice of the authorities when said government determines that such base-born children and their mothers are in need of some serious rehabilitation. This is when the trouble starts. Emotional reactions and hysterics are taken to an even higher level when Ember realizes that one of the officers arriving to arrest her mother is none other than the boy she's loved all her life, Chase Jennings. After being separated from Lori, Ember resolves to escape the rehabilitation center no matter what the difficulty in order to save herself and her mother. This is when things really get going, but I won't spoil it beyond revealing that Chase shows up again.
I found this book to be a pretty excellent read. It was nice to come across something written about a possible future that didn't involve huge advances in technology or some sort of zombie apocalypse. The future portrayed by Kristen Simmons is not only realistic and believable, but possible. Reading this novel required much less suspension of disbelief. I like that it also draws attention to the reality that while we as Americans view the Bill of Rights as something that cannot be eliminated, the truth of the matter is that any part of them could be revoked with few substantial changes in our government. While Article 5 isn't about the Bill of Rights so much as an aftermath of what could happen without them, it's still insightful. It pushes the reader, perhaps on a subconscious level, to consider the way American government works and the potentialities therein. I think this book is worth reading for that in itself, although admittedly an embrace of the mother-daughter bond and some teenage romance are enjoyable as well. Actually, it is the conglomeration of these elements that makes the book worth reading. (less)
The characters and the plot are both believeable. One gets the impression that this is something that could happen to anybody under the right circumst...moreThe characters and the plot are both believeable. One gets the impression that this is something that could happen to anybody under the right circumstances. Sparks writes in the afterword that this book underwent 8 major revisions before it accomplished what he wanted it to, and I believe it. I think he managed it well. Of course, I'd only recommend anyone read this book if they enjoy both the genres it falls under (romance and thriller).(less)