Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Article 5 Review

384 pages
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 The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.

Can you imagine losing simple freedoms like religion and ability to read whatever you like? That's the world Ember Miller lives in. I loved this book so much but Ember as a character leaned more towards annoying me for most of the book. Ember is a strong character yet she tends to complain a lot and make foolish decisions when around Chase. However, she pretty much gets it together by the end. I loved Chase as a character. He's strong with an air of mystery around him. I loved the way Chase took care of things for Ember and the other side of him that was revealed in the end. There was a lot of action throughout this book and events happened quickly but also excitingly. I really enjoyed this novel and I can't wait to see what happens next in Ember's story. I definitely recommend this to those who love a good dystopian novel.


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