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Article 5 [Kindle Edition]

Kristen Simmons
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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

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Editorial Reviews

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“Kristen Simmons’ Article 5 is a gripping, atmospheric story of survival. Alongside a fierce depiction of oppressive government, Simmons has created a bleak portrait of an America lost. I could hardly put it down. Ember Miller and Chase Jennings can be my post-apocalyptic wingmen anytime.”—Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood

 

“Subversion. Defiance. Desperate, struggling humanity in the face of state-sponsored tyranny. This book was engrossing, unpredictable and thoroughly REAL. Loved it.”--Jay Kristoff, author of Stormdancer

“Fast-paced, emotional and nail-bitingingly intense, Article 5 gripped me from page one and didn’t let me go once.”--Parajunkee.com

“There are only a few books that managed to keep me up at night this year, and ARTICLE 5 is one of them. A MUST read for any fan of the dystopian genre…even if you are not, it’s a must read anyways.”--Book Reader Addicts

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“Kristen Simmons’ Article 5 is a gripping, atmospheric story of survival. Alongside a fierce depiction of oppressive government, Simmons has created a bleak portrait of an America lost. I could hardly put it down. Ember Miller and Chase Jennings can be my post-apocalyptic wingmen anytime.”—Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood

 

“Subversion. Defiance. Desperate, struggling humanity in the face of state-sponsored tyranny. This book was engrossing, unpredictable and thoroughly REAL. Loved it.”--Jay Kristoff, author of Stormdancer

“Fast-paced, emotional and nail-bitingingly intense, Article 5 gripped me from page one and didn’t let me go once.”--Parajunkee.com

“There are only a few books that managed to keep me up at night this year, and ARTICLE 5 is one of them. A MUST read for any fan of the dystopian genre…even if you are not, it’s a must read anyways.”--Book Reader Addicts


Product Details

  • File Size: 405 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B007F4WMF0
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; Reprint edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KJJ4Q2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling debut January 31, 2012
Format:Hardcover
All of the major cities have crumbled, and basic rights are a thing of the past. Now control is based on a set of moral statutes, with harsh penalties for offenders. Being simply accused means a swift arrest and trial, and no one comes back from that. They are simply forgotten. Ember gets by as best she can while trying to contain her very free spirited mother. She's learned all the ways to blend in and stay unnoticed, keeping her life relatively normal, all things considered. However all that changes the day her mother is arrested for violating Article 5 in the Moral Statues by none other than her childhood love. With her life turned upside down, she finds herself in her own personal nightmare. The only question is whether she can survive it.

Ember (love that name!) is a flawed, but REAL character. Throughout Article 5 there were many times where I really wanted to strangle her for the poor decisions she was making, especially when it came to Chase. However, those mistakes only made her seem that much more real. We would all like to think that in a crisis situation we could keep our cool and know exactly what to do. Perhaps some of us could, but I have a feeling the majority of people would behave exactly like Ember. Her whole life has been turned upside down and people are trying to kill her left and right, she just isn't going to be able to accept all of that rationally, especially considering just how naive she was in the beginning. Nor would she be able to easily throw her trust into someone she felt abandoned by. She's entitled to have melt downs, and to be honest, she had a whole lot of character growth throughout Article 5, to the point where she is almost a completely different person.

The world behind Article 5 is so chilling and rather horrific.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
By Ann
Format:Hardcover
The hype around Article 5 was huge, it was riding the dystopian fame wave and at the time it was on top. After reading the synopsis I was curious as to what these Articles specifically entailed. I searched every bookstore near me, and even in other cities while on vacation and when I couldn't find it, it just made me more fervent to get my hands on it-- this should have been my first clue. This was fate telling me I shouldn't buy it. I was about to give up my search and purchase it online when my local library got a copy and I thought "wow just my luck!". I am so glad I ended up borrowing it...
The cover itself is pretty dramatic with the ruins of a city in monochrome and the now signature plaid shirt being the only colour present. As you can probably guess it's Ember and Chase on the cover.
I'll try and keep this as spoiler free as possible and you can decide if you really want to keep going.
So America as we know it has ended... somehow - we never really find out, but since the story is primarily told from Ember's point of view I figure we're not told because maybe she doesn't actually know. I assume the reasons why will be revealed later in the series (hopefully). But basically, citizens are very religiously controlled, and are run on the ideas that primarily women are back to being less than men, we're baby making factories in marriage only and are allowably beat into submission while men are expected to do the "manly" things like join the military. It's all very Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaids Tale".
The book starts out with Ember narrating the motions of her army controlled life and how she "keeps" her disobeying mother from getting them arrested -- honestly though I felt like Ember did very little in the way of keeping them alive.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to the hype (or even the description!) February 1, 2012
By J. Tsao
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really wanted to like this book but it just didn't live up to the hype (or even the description!) It was an okay read, but that's it...just okay.

First of all, I felt as if I had read this book before. Totalitarian society, complete with militia? Handmaid's Tale, the Hunger Games, even 1984 (if you replace the militia with thought police) have that. Reform schools for teens? Declaration is one of many books that comes to mind. A resistance and underground railroad of sorts? Sounds like When She Woke or dozens of other dystopias. There was literally nothing unique in this story and the world just wasn't developed enough for me not to feel like it was a retread.

My major issue was that the main character, Ember, was completely unlikable and in fact, rather naive and, well frankly, stupid.

***Spoilers ahead*****

How she did not figure out that her mom was dead was beyond me. I'm still trying to figure out if the author intended that to be an actual "reveal" because it was completely obvious and predictable, as was Ember's immature reaction. I just kept thinking, "when will Ember find out her mom is actually dead, and when will she freak out on Chase and run away?" I just wanted it over and done with.

***End spoilers***

Another issue I had was the relationship between Ember and Chase. We know Ember is 17 and Chase has been in the militia for at least a year. So let's say she was 15/16 and he was 17ish when they fell "in love." The fact that he was willing to lay down his life for her and said that Ember was the only thing he loved, was just ridiculous and unbelievable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
Really good book.
Published 2 days ago by Shelly
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay..
I read book one and liked it okay and then read book two and did not feel the need to buy the third. I'm not really sure even what happened, but it completely lost me. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Avidreader27
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book was amazing- I could not put it down
Published 10 days ago by Taryn
4.0 out of 5 stars Chasing Embers
I swear that is all Chase Jennings did but I should set the scene, stop me if this seems typical teen dystopia… world goes to Hell, tragedy strikes, protagonist seeks salvation... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Will Bradford
5.0 out of 5 stars Article 5
Having read a number of books in the same genre I have to say "Article 5" ranks right near the top of my list of favorites. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly riveting, despite many weaknesses
My reaction:

This is one of those books that you can enjoy as long as you don't think about it too much. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Danya (A Tapestry of Words)
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
The description of this book sounded really interesting but it just fell flat. The book did not hold my attention at all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zoie08
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Dystopian Novel
I was interested in checking out more dystopian novels, and I came across this one. I thought that the characters and the story were interesting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura Burden
4.0 out of 5 stars Kelly
Loved it can't wait to read the next book. Hope my students like it as well. Glad it is a series.
Published 1 month ago by cc
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series!!!!
I've read this whole series and wish there were more. I'd love to see the events from Chase's point of view
Published 1 month ago by slbard
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