The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.
You can either check out my video review (which is my first one ever… so it may be a tad scattered) or the written review below! Or both!
The Main Idea: Article 5 is a gripping dystopian filled with fleeing from the government, action packed pages, and learning to find one’s old and true self. One definitely worth picking up and reading.
Things I liked:
1. Page-turner: This book was SUCH a page turner. I was always wanting to know what was going to happen next, if they were going to get caught, or if anything would heat up between Ember and Chase. There is the perfect amount of action. Not too much where you just feel worn out by reading it, but definitely enough to keep you always guessing and intrigued.
2. Rawness: I felt that Chase’s character was so complex. But in a good way. Going off and joining in the FBR had not been an easy experience, and it had definitely affected who he was. During their journey, he and Ember were both trying to find at least some part of the old Chase. Sometimes, there would be a breakthrough, but then he would just as easily turn back into the gruff, different Chase. I loved the journey (that will undoubtedly continue through the next books) of Chase trying to find himself, and He and Ember trying to piece together any semblance of what they were like before.
3. Road trip: Sure, it definitely wasn’t your typical road-trip book. However, they technically were still on a road trip. I liked this because the setting was always changing; there were always new characters you didn’t know if you could trust or not. This definitely was an added element to the book for me.
Things I didn’t like:
Ember’s attitude: Yes, Ember has been through a heck of a lot. They took her mom, she was abused in the rehabilitation home, and now she is journeying with the boy she used to know. But, why do girls in books always think that they can figure things out on their own and that they need no one else’s help. There was one scene in the book where Ember decided she didn’t need Chase anymore, and she runs away. STUPID. STUPID. STUPID. You don’t have to like someone- fine. I understand. But to go off in the wilderness on your own with no supplies, no sense of direction, and no safety? That is dumb. However, in the end, it of course made for a great action sequence!
Definitely a great, new dystopian series in the making!