Author: Kristen Simmons
Number of Pages: 362
Publisher: Tor Teen
Date Published: January 31stm 2012
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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.
It has seemed that these past few weeks have all been about post apocolypitic worlds and post war books. I have just picked up 5th wave and before that was Darkness Before Dawn - a vampire war novel. I am starting to notice a theme...should I be worried. Article 5, out of any of these post war/apocalyptic novels, connected with me the most. Maybe it was because it seemed like it could actual happen.
The United States was turned against by not only their allies but their enemies as well...blown to bits laws needed to be changed, rules needed to be set, complete rule needed to be added. Getting rid of the Bill of Rights and Constitution was only the first step in taking away individual freedom. The next step, placing the Articles. The Articles in which if they were disobeyed meant sever punishment.
All Ember wanted was to pass the random house evaluations and make it through her senior year of high school, like any other child in the district. But that all changes when at her door stands the FBR soldiers waiting to arrest her mother and herself for breaking Article 5. If being torn from her only parent was bad enough, then being arrested by the love of her life, her best friend was just putting another hole in her heart.
At first I really did not like Ember, she was reckless when made decisions and her trust for people was too great. After being arrested Ember manages to escape the girls "boarding school," with the help of an unlikely ally. I feel this is where Ember's common sense goes out the door. It was not who she placed her trust in but how used that trust. Yet my dislike for her soon faded as her real struggles started to come to the surface.
Which then I started to see the real Ember : the strong, the confident, and the revengeful. I loved following her story as she was on the run from the FBR soldiers along with her heart. One of the many reasons I love this book is you get to see Ember evolve from this naive girl to this strong female that is ready to take on anything -- well almost anything, she still feels fear. As her biggest concern is finding her mother.
As for the romance...you will have to read and found that out! I know you are like Kat you always tell us the romance..I KNOW!! Haha sorry guys not this time.
While I did like the plot and where the plot is going I still felt like it needed a little bit more. But not by much! I loved how I was constantly on my toes wondering what the next page will bring, usually books like this are very predictable this book was not. There were parts that blew past me and I'm like what just happened!
I definitely recommend getting this book...I feel like it is a more ebook buy than a hard cover buy and while I gave it a 4/5 stars I feel as if it a borrow type of book as well!!!
I still recommend reading this book!