With that in mind, I'm excited to talk about this great new book from Tor Teen...
ARTICLE 5 by Kristen Simmons (Tor Teen, January 31, 2012)
As seems to be my style, here are five reason you might like or should read ARTICLE 5!
1) I love the fact that in this book, the main character, Ember, was alive when things were not so bad. In so many dystopian stories of today, things have always been bad. It has been how the main character grew up and they really don't know what they are missing. Not so in ARTICLE 5. Ember wishes things were how they used to be. She wants a normal life for her mom and her (a life they used to have). And yet, she knows that she never will (because isn't entering any dystopian world sort of a doorway of no return?).
2) Like secrets? ARTICLE 5 has them. I mean, I thought I knew who I could trust, and Ember thought so too. And then the author does such an amazing job of twisting everything I thought I could believe. Bring on the secrets!
3) I'm not one for wasting time, and I am so pleased with the way we jump right into the story in ARTICLE 5. The world is introduced, and then things start to happen. It's nice that the author trusts the reader enough to make the jump, and you know what? I've read enough dystopian fiction that I really appreciated not being spoon-fed the world and how horrible things were one piece at a time.
4) It's like the perfect example of torturing your characters. Everything that can possibly go wrong for the characters does. So when you're reading (and you should), and you are sitting there thinking "please don't let that happen," it does and it's worse than you can even imagine. And really, isn't this what makes flipping the pages forward so much fun?
5) Looking for book comparisons? This book is perfect for those who loved ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre and ASHES by Mike Mullin, It has that whole end-of-the-world road trip feel.
In short, this book is great for those looking for dystopian fiction (and I know there are a bunch out there). It's tight, engaging writing and story you won't put down once you pick up.
(okay, and because I am shameless, you can add
to your Goodreads TBR list, too!)
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 The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.