Review: Article 5

Feb •  1 •  2012

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Article 5Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Series: Article 5 # 1
Published by Tor Teen on January 31, 2012
Genres: Young Adult- Dystopian
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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"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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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."


This book is loaded with adventure from the very first page! I loved the excitement and tension the author created for the reader. There are so many emotions. Fear. Anger. And a full blown adrenaline rush while you are the characters running for your life.

What I enjoyed the most about this book is the great plot line. A government implementing dumb laws. The reason that I fell so much into this book is cause I can see this happening. This is what is so freaky about the book. I loved that the author creativity of the plot and the characters really give the reader the chance to be in their shoes.

The love interest is enduring. Not only have they know each other for long but the sacrifices they make for each other is selfless. I loved watching these two bicker, fight and then fall hard core in love. In the short moments of peace they steal together, it gives the right mixture for a love to bloom. Ms. Simmons definitely balanced out her book. Nothing is too much and when it seems like there is no rest for the weary, the reader is given peace with love.

This is a superb book! One that is filled with action, adventure, on the run excitement. The world is told to the reader piece by piece and is not confusing. Article 5 is the start of something great! I can’t wait for the next book!

 I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Anna
    Feb 1, 2012

    Now, I’m drooling even more over this book 🙂
    Thanks for the great review

  2. Alison Can Read
    Feb 1, 2012

    I’ve heard good things about this one. I’ll probably stay away b/c I don’t like dystopias, but I’m particularly intrigued because I like it when the romance is done well.

    • Savannah Valdez
      Feb 1, 2012

      I love dystopian! They rock! I hope you get to read it 🙂

  3. Giselle
    Feb 2, 2012

    Omg this was totally freaky I could see this happen too and it’s scary. I actually pointed out in my review it would be a world if Hitler would have won. Gald you enjoyed it as much as I did Savvy! 🙂

  4. Shellie
    Feb 2, 2012

    This was one of the best that I’ve read in 2011, I absolutely loved it! Some of the scenes reminded me of different parts of the movie The Book of Eli

  5. roro
    Feb 6, 2012

    i loved this1book/ glad u did2