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DEFINITELY a faster and better dystopian read than The Selection.
Mar 04, 2012 03:00PM
Article 5 (Article 5, #1)

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Sarah I read Article 5 last weekend and loved it. A dystopian favorite of mine!

Angela So far, I'm really liking it too. Of course, it has a somewhat predictable plot b/c of the dystopian genre, but I like how it's framing things. (view spoiler)

I picked up the book just yesterday when my local indie bookseller pressed it into my hands and asked me to read it and give her feedback. The author is doing a visit at that bookstore on Wednesday evening, which coincidentally is one block off the Market Square in Knoxville location featured in the book! :)

Sarah So many dystopian worlds make no sense to me, but I was impressed with this story's world. Maybe it's because it had lots of similarities to Nazi Germany, so it felt very believable (and was also very scary).

I was a fan of Chase and thought that their relationship was one of the more well written romances in dystopian YA fiction. The only thing I didn't really like about the book was how sometimes Ember would do some really dumb things (I'm sure you know what I'm talking about)!

That's so awesome that your indie bookstore is hosting a visit from the author (and that the bookseller is asking you for your opinions about the book before the event). That's also a cool tidbit about the Market Square and bookstore location. Hope you have fun!

Angela For me, even though a lot more could have been explained re: this world's set-up, the previous war(s), and how the government become totalitarian in such a short time, I don't even care...which is a very odd thing for me to say. Normally, I get caught up in faulty or limited world building and it draws me out of the story, but not so in this case! I think I can attribute that to the quick pacing, appealing romance, and my belief that things like this could happen if a very neo-conservative gov't had its way.

And yes, Ember does really dumb things, but there wouldn't be any drama without that, would there? ;)

I'll let you know how the book event goes. I may have to leave it early to get to a meeting, but I hope to make the most of my time there. The bookseller there *is* wonderful and just handed me the finished copy y'day to read and bring back! I love being trusted like that. :) B/c I've been buying my books from them for about three years now, I have a great relationship with one of the owners. She's how I get all of the YA ARCs that I read and swap -- they hand them off to me to read and then get back to them with purchasing recommendations. It's a win-win for both of us!

Angela @Sarah: Hope you saw my comment above from a few days ago. I just wanted to add that I attended the author event/signing with Kristen Simmons here in Knoxville last night, and she was a delight. She was extremely nice, humble, and approachable. Even if I only really liked, not loved, this book, I would definitely give her a five-star rating as an author and a person! :)

Sarah That is so great to hear that Kristen Simmons was lovely in person because I really enjoyed her book and I like to hear that the authors of the stories that I like are nice people.

I'm so jealous that you got to go to such a cool author event/signing. I've only been to two author signings--one with Maggie Stiefvater and another with both Cassandra Clare and Michelle Hodkin, but attending each event made me even more excited about reading/rereading their books. I'm totally kicking myself for missing out on a John Green event near here about two months ago because I just finished The Fault in Our Stars today (wonderful, wonderful book!) and would have loved to see him in person.

Angela I've been to about five or six author events now and all but one have been really nice. We attended the John Green tour event in Atlanta over MLK weekend, and it was super fun, but really chaotic and busy with ~900 people there. I definitely prefer the intimate setting like the one I attended with Kristen Simmons last week or the Maggie Stiefvater one in Nashville last year where she knew who I was when I introduced myself.

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