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Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
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Jan 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-tbr-challenge, debut-author, j-r-s-debut-challenge, own, young-adult

I've been extremely interested in reading this book since I first came across it on Goodreads. The premise of the book really caught my attention...No Bill of Rights!? Men are the breadwinners of the family!? It goes on and on. Naturally I pre-ordered this book and did a little happy dance when the UPS man left it on my doorstep for me.

Article 5 did not disappoint. The best way for me to describe the world in which Ember and Chase live in is....Think of what the world would have been like if Germany and Japan had won WWII. If you don't follow the Moral Statues to the letter you could just up and disappear. What I really loved about this book was that it was non-stop action from the very beginning.

Ember's mom is arrested for an Article 5 violation and Ember is sent to a reform school. As the book progresses you learn a lot about Ember and Chase's previous relationship....The one before he was drafted into the MM (Moral Militia as the citizen's refer to the soldiers). That Chase sounds like a really great guy, the Chase that we see in the book now has "blood" on his hands, he's hard and at times borderline animalistic. Ember I think started out the book in a pretty sheltered life. Then things hit the fan and Ember's life is all in an upheaval. When Ember starts learning about how things really are out there in the world in the beginning she seemed a little bit on the weak side but she did toughen up by the end of the book considerably, even though it was a slower progression that I particularly liked.

Overall, Article 5 is a great beginning to this series. If this book isn't on your wishlist I strongly suggest adding RIGHT NOW! I'll leave you with a couple of my favorite quotes from the book...

“He was my anchor in the hurricane, yet at the same time, the hurricane itself, so that I nearly always felt safe and afraid simultaneously. There was nothing in the world as confusing and powerful as being close to him.”

“I could not fall back in love with Chase Jennings. Doing so was like falling in love with a thunderstorm. Exciting and powerful, yes. Even beautiful. But violently tempered, unpredictable, and ultimately short-lived.”

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Reading Progress

January 24, 2012 – Shelved
February 2, 2012 – Started Reading
February 2, 2012 –
page 204
84.65% "This one really is a page turner!"
February 2, 2012 – Finished Reading
April 5, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012-tbr-challenge
April 5, 2012 – Shelved as: debut-author
April 5, 2012 – Shelved as: j-r-s-debut-challenge
April 5, 2012 – Shelved as: own
April 5, 2012 – Shelved as: young-adult

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