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Breaking Point

(Article 5 #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  10,772 ratings  ·  698 reviews
The second installment in Kristen Simmons's fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series.

After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.

Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember an
Hardcover, First Edition, 400 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Tor Teen
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May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
As I got back into the desolation that is is Ember's world, it didn't take long until the rush of it all came right back. The first book, Article 5, was a lot of fun with tons of action and wonderful characters, leaving me dying for this one. The sequel begins where Article 5 one left off, with short recaps along the way for those of you, like me, who forget everything they've read previously. I often have difficulty getting into a sequel because don't remember the story, nor my connection to th ...more
Jun 19, 2012 marked it as to-read
I am one of those people who want to find out what happens next , even though they didn't like the previous book all that much . Habit , i know .


Is it just me or does the guy who i assume would be the male protagonist , looks obnoxiously.... huge like Mr.Frankenstein himself ? o.O

Must be the pants .
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was ok

I wasn't a fan of the first book (Article 5), it was mediocre at best but being the kind hearted person that I am, I thought I'd give Breaking Point a chance. Sadly, my kindness didn't pay off. I had to suffer through cookie cutter characters, rubbish worldbuilding and an extremely lame plot. It was traumatic. Okay, it wasn't traumatic but it was boring.

Random thoughts:

-Ember and Chase aka Boring and Boring have escaped the FBR (the stereotypical bad guys) and are now hiding out with the
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian-sci-fi
I waited so long for this book! And then I read it in two days and now I'm really sad. Really, really sad.

I love these books if you can't tell. I love the settings and the writing and the drama and action and I love the characters. Ember has a tendency to...annoy me at parts. But I love Chase of course and I love all the other characters as well.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
1 star.

DNF @ page 58.

Yeahhhhhh......nope. I was bored out of my brains. This series is going in my pile to donate to a library.
Sep 24, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: pre-ordered
EDIT 2: WHAT THE ACTUAL LIVING FUCK!!?? So B&N tells me they need up to 30 days to get my book, and I have to click on "keep order" to keep my order that long otherwise they'll cancel it after 24 hours. That was on Friday. Now I get an email that it mailed today, AFTER I already bought it from somewhere else because B&N told me they were cancelling my order!! Jesus H Macy! This book better be damn good after all this drama.

EDIT: Just what the fuck is going on with this book? I get an email from
Jun 28, 2012 marked it as to-read
ugh this sounds like the most cliche second book of a ya dystopian ever
it literally takes every overused idea and slaps it all together
1. there's a mysterious resistance/rebellion
2. this teenage girl who isn't even that important is apparently THE #1 WANTED CRIMINAL!!!!!11111
3. CaN thEIr LoVE STaNd thE UlTimAte TEst????///
literally I have no idea why I'm going to read this
Joy (joyous reads)
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
You can't fix a destroyed world by suppressing freedom.

Ember Miller and Chase Jennings barely survived their staged deaths. Having found shelter in a hub for a group of rebels, Ember would rather stay hidden and be forgotten. But with a sniper on the loose picking off soldiers one at a time, the FBR needed someone to take the fall. And so the legend of the girl who escaped Rehabilitation and prison begins. With a shoot-to-kill order on her head, the Resistance found a face to launch their attac
"Home, he'd called me once. I was his home. He was mine too."

"I wondered if he'd really done everything he could possibly could- everything I would have done. Thoughts like this led me nowhere, of course, and only made it harder to be close to him. He was both the cause of my pain and the cure."
Click for extra scenes from Article 5 in Chase's POV.


HOLY SHIT.. What did I just read? Words cannot even describe
An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.

Breaking Point has probably one of the best dystopian worlds I have ever read. Down to the government being insanely controlling and their rules being enforced by all the military, the citizens have lived in fear all their lives. This is certainly the case with Ember and Chase. When we ended with Article 5, they faked their own deaths and have now become well
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
Goodreads calls this series fast-paced and gripping, and that is no exaggeration. These books are epic! Something about the characters and the action is just so awesome and addicting. I really loved ‘Article 5’, and in my review I mentioned how it sticks out from other dystopians because of its characters and its heart. This continues to be true in ‘Breaking Point’, where we get to know new characters from the rebellion, and fall even more in love with characters from the first novel.

As you can
Jenni Arndt
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-own
I have a special place in my heart for this series. The first book that I ever reviewed here on Alluring Reads was Article 5, I am not going to be linking to that review because it’s terrible and reading Breaking Point made me go and look at how far my reviews have come since I started. But anyway, after reading Article 5 I had high expectations for its follow-up. In order for it to stand up to its predecessor there had to be a lot of action and some great romance, and was there ever!

In true fo
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
His fingers brushed the dark, cropped bangs away from my eyes, and his lips pressed softly against my brow. "I remember who you are. Even if you forget," he said.

For the last year I’ve been highly awaiting Breaking Point, Kristen Simmon’s sequel to Article 5 and I’m so pleased to say what a spectacular sequel it is.

Ember and Chase are now in hiding out with The Resistance after faking their own deaths to keep Federal Bureau of Reformation of their backs. The Resistance tries to put pressure on
While I was somewhat iffy on the first book in this series, "Article 5" (primarily because of Ember), I did find this to be a vast improvement (it's clear that Kristen is growing tremendously as an author)- however, it's not without its faults. Personally I feel that this book suffers from "second book syndrome", to a degree. After finishing it and sitting back to consider it I found myself thinking, "That's it? All that this story centered around was trying to rescue Rebecca?" I just don't thin ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book 2 in the Article 5 trilogy brings more action, drama, and even a bit of romance to this exciting dystopian story.

After the big finish of the last book, Ember and Chase were on the run. Meeting up with the Resistance movement, they are taken in as heroes for their brave actions. But there are only a few short weeks of ‘quiet’ before Ember’s face pops up the Government’s Most Wanted posters, throwing their lives into even greater turmoil!

Still determined to carry out a dangerous rescue miss
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This book started off as a bit of a struggle for me. It's been awhile since I had read Article 5 so it took me some time to reconnect with the characters and story so far. I couldn't remember everything that had happened. I remember not liking Ember very much. Mainly because I still don't really like her. I respect Kristen Simmons for doing her best to make Ember seem human and real but she is so whiny! And always making bad decisions that affects those around her (view spoiler) ...more
Danielle (Love at First Page)
3.5-4 stars

As you probably know by now, I’ve dedicated myself to reading one series a month for the foreseeable future, and for January I chose Article 5 by Kristen Simmons. It’s a series that’s been on my radar for a while now, despite how mixed reviews are for the first book. I haven’t read many dystopian books that don’t include some sort of fantasy or futuristic element, so I was definitely curious about this more contemporary-style dystopia and what type of world Kristen Simmons created. Bu
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed “Article 5″ and had high hopes for the series. Unlike many dystopias, this series continued even more strongly than it began, with “Breaking Point” upping the ante on everything in the lives of Ember and Chase.

This book was nonstop from the minute I picked it up, with no lulls to speak of throughout. I found myself wondering if all of it could happen within the specified amount of time, and much to my surprise, the author answered the question herself in her notes. Someone was p
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5/5

Breaking Point is a thrilling sequel, every page vibrating with tension on both physical and emotional levels as Chase and Ember take up the fight of the Resistance. This is a story we close the back cover on with our guts roiling and clashing due to the myriad of conflicting emotions, refusing to settle even though we’ve exited Ember’s brutal world of chaos and compliance and returned to the safety of our reality. Ms. Simmons makes the most of every single page in this lengthy tale
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it

Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog.

Kristen Simmons' Article 5 was one of my first dystopian novels. It was bleak, dark and left me emotionally scarred. I was a little hesitant to start the second installment of the series in fear of it suffering from middle book syndrome, but Breaking Point turned out to be even better than the first book and it's like Kristen Simmons doesn't even know what middle-book syndrome is.

Both main characters, Ember and Chase, went through hell in the first boo
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Breaking Point had so much potential! It breaks my heart to see a novel, written by such an obviously talented author, go to waste solely because of one poorly executed character. Even though I wasn't completely blown away by the first novel, Article 5, I enjoyed it nonetheless and was eagerly awaiting the moment when I would be able to check the sequel out from the library. The only problem I had with Article 5, or one of the major problems I should say, was with the main character, Ember. To m ...more

RATING: 4 Hearts

My venture into the dystopian genre began with Kristen Simmons’ breathtaking debut, Article 5, and ever since I flipped the last page of it, I had been anxiously awaiting the next book. Once again, Simmons’ creative writing brings forth non-stop believable action, a world where religious jingoism is preferred over right and wrong, well-developed characters and just the right amount of romance to keep Breaking Point off the usual “sequel blues” list. With the help of this thrillin
Jaime Arkin
So... this book...

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I have been trying to get my hands on a copy of this since I knew it was available. I may have scared the girl who emailed me to let me know I won.

But I blame Kristen... I mean, the ending to Article 5 had me dying to know what was next for Ember and Chase. And she wastes no time in getting me back into the story.

Ember and Chase are with the Resistance now after faking their deaths and their only goal is to lay low hoping that they will be forgotten. Alas, things are never
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Where to begin, where to begin. I seriously don't know. My heart is beating a mile a minute--the same reaction that book one left me with. Kristen Simmons knows how to make a girl anxious and want to read more.

I loved this book and the dark world that Simmons created. While I never want to be part of it myself, I love immersing myself in its depths and losing myself to Ember and Chase's story. I have to say that this book was sadder than book one. There's more death, more desperation, little lig
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I embarked on my reading of Breaking Point with some trepidation. I personally loved Article 5, but a lot of my good friends had major criticisms, and I wondered if I would see flaws I missed before. Thankfully, I needn't have feared, because Breaking Point lives up to its predecessor, and this is one of my favorite YA dystopian series.

For one thing, Simmons' series actually belongs under the heading of a dystopia. As long as the people follow the rules of the lawmakers, the society is perfect,
Masako Lin
Aug 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
"I'm sorry Article 5 (the series).

But I think we need to part ways. After getting to know you better via Breaking Point, I don't think we can stick in a relationship that will make both of us happy.

So it's best that we cut our losses and stop seeing each other."

That pretty much describes my reaction to reading Breaking Point. When I first read Article 5 I initially was quite enamored by it. There were some major flaws in it (like I can't stand the main character, Chase can be kind of bland and
Jeanne Izzy
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was originally posted on my blog

The reviews for this book are incredibly good, and to be honest I really can't see why.

Ember is a strong heroine, as always, and her voice conveys the desolation of the dystopian world she lives in. Kristen Simmon's talent for world building shines through the way most dystopian books don't. But in this book, none of the questions I asked from the last book came close to being answered. I just didn't get it. The circumstances that forced the structure of the
Sara (sarabara081)
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.

Once again Kristen Simmons delivers an action packed novel in this amazing sequel!

I will keep this short because, well, I don't want to spoil anything. If you have not read the first installment, Article 5, stop reading this review and go pick it up now! This sequel takes place shortly after the first book ends. Chase and Ember are thought to be dead by the government. They remain hidden in a safe house, working with the resistance. Ember's pri
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If its possible, I loved this sequel even more than the first book, Article 5. This was another heart-pounding, raw, and nail-biting adventure for Ember and Chase. The action just really didn't stop, except for a few emotional scenes between Ember and Chase here and there.

*There will possibly be spoilers from the first book in this review*

Things pick up right where we left off in Article 5, but things have gotten even more dangerous for Ember. There is a sniper out there that has been picking o
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

I have no idea why it took me so much to write this review. I have read this book a while ago and it really was a great read I just needed some time to put my words together so here we go.

Article 5 was one of the books that I really enjoyed. Last year was time of dystopia explosion and with all new concepts and stories I was in heaven but now with sequels I can divide those that were really amazing and those that were forgettable. This one goes into the fir
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Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, METALTOWN, PACIFICA, and the upcoming DECEIVERS. She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more updates on Kristen and her writing, follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @kris10writes.

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