Title: Article 5
Series: Article 5
Author: Kristen Simmons
No. of Pages: 362
Published: January 1, 2012
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B & N
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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.― Publisher
Ugh! Where to start!? How do I even begin to articulate my loathsome thoughts and feelings about this book!? I suppose I’ll start by saying that I completely abandoned Article 5 a good quarter into it and I’m still trying to determine whether it’s the story arc’s fault or not! Because despite my rebuke and grudge for the book, our current political debacle has played a HUGE role in my general approach towards YA books anyway. Political gripes aside, though, Article 5 just didn’t cut it for me and here’s why:
- The first quarter of the book is an extremely dull string of choppy events
- The characters are lackluster
- The plot is mind-numbingly predictable
- The insipid love story was so cheesy my hands reeked!
- The deal breaker though was the worldbuilding which fueled me with so much rage, I abandoned books altogether! The entire premise of Article 5 is that the Western Church takes over America and aims to reform the entire nation under 5 moral mandates that pretty much dictate the entire story arc ― Really? The Western Church? The ones who are martyred day in and day out by other radical religions? Ugh! Hey, Kristen Simmons, I’d like to you see write a prose on how Islam takes over the world! #HowBowDah
I honestly don’t have the energy or drive to express the range of emotions this type of premise evokes, but religious misogyny is simply not something I look forward to reading. If anything, this book, and the other two books in the series, because yes I purchased the entire series will go to serve as kindle to start fires in the end times while I’m hiding from ISIS or as toilet paper!