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Article 5: Compliance is Mandatory Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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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
About the Author
KRISTEN SIMMONS has a master's degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband, Jason, and their precious greyhound Rudy in Tampa, Florida. Article 5 is her first novel.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought it was good juvenile fiction and even though it's a series it ended on a good note.Published 7 days ago by Draw
I had to force myself to finish this book. I love YA dystopian but this was horrible. Had potential with the plot but the characters had no depth. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Tavarez
I received this book at BookCon this year, and I truly liked it. It focuses on the dystopian life of a young girl coming of age in a divot hat is rebuilding for what they hope is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Rabbit
Okay but not great. Similar to books like Hunger Games and Divergent, however, not as complicated of a plot and the lead a bit annoying in her thought process. Read morePublished 2 months ago by texttospeech
Ember has been tagged an Article 5. Her mother was taken away, who know where. And she's trapped in a reform school for girls. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Annabella Abel
I love this book. My friend recommended it to me and I couldn't stop reading it. Idk what else to say.Published 3 months ago
What a surprise to find these books!!! They are engaging and the strength of the characters is astounding. Loved all three books!!!! Such a good story!!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by rena8027
I picked up this book because it was recommended based on my enjoyment of other dystopian fiction books. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Miss Kay