Review * Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

February 25, 2012 Reviews 7 ★★

Review * Article 5 by Kristen SimmonsArticle 5 by Kristen Simmons
Series: Article 5 #1
Published by Tor Teen on January 31, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 362
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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 enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

What I Thought…

I wanted to really like this book.  I have a new love for dystopian books and I want to like every dystopian book I read.  Unfortunately this one just wasn’t good enough for me.  A lot of people really like this book (3.99 rating on goodreads) and right after I finished the book I liked it too, but as I sat here writing my review I realized I didn’t like it as much as I thought I did.  The afterglow wore off quickly.

I liked Ember and Chase, especially Chase (Ember could be a little whiny) and Sean.  I liked the dystopian society, the articles, and the MM.  I also liked that there was no love triangle.

There were quite a few things that bothered me about this book.  Whenever Ember got knocked into a wall or something it was always about her organs.  “All of my organs reverberated inside of me, and I gasped, seeing stars” (p 181).  It’s in the book like this at least 3 or 4 times and it’s just weird.
I wanted more people in the book.  There are a lot of secondary characters but, other than Sean, they seem more like extras to me instead of characters.  They are just there for a line or two.

Also I felt like I was reading the same kind of world that was in The Book of Eli (movie).  The desolation, the crazy people, the traveling that they did was all kind of similar.  Even some of the things Ember and Chase went through were similar to The Book of Eli.

The book was ok, it was fast paced, there was a good amount of action dispersed throughout the book and good descriptions.  But I just can’t shake the similarities to The Book of Eli.  If it wasn’t for that I would have given it 3 stars.  I’m not even sure right now if I’m intrigued enough to read the second book when it comes out.


7 Responses to “Review * Article 5 by Kristen Simmons”

  1. Jenny

    I loved The Book of Eli so a rip off novel doesn’t sound so great. Plus I hate when characters feel like extras.

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      If you loved The Book of Eli I wouldn’t recommend this book. Remember the house scene in The Book of Eli? Yeah, it’s almost the same in the book. Not quite the same, but I’ve only seen the movie 1 time, forever ago and I instantly made the connection. And that’s when my brain started clicking with other connections too.

  2. fakesteph

    It’s so disappointing when you read a book, think you like it, and then realize you don’t. I like dystopian, but I’m at the point where I’m ready for new things. I think I’m going back to fantasy for my action. At least for a while.

  3. Alexia561

    Appreciated your review! I know what you mean by loving the book, and then you reconsider once the afterglow wears off. Not familiar with The Book of Eli, so maybe I’ll like this one more than you did. Hope your next read is better!

  4. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    I haven’t watched the Book of Eli, but I’m pretty full on my dystopian books. Not that I’m done, oh, no, never done with dystopian, but I’m trying to only read ones that are unique or different. I think I’ll skip this one for now.