Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

 3.75/5
This rating is because it was a good book, but it didn't leave a grand impression to where I have to have the next book NOW!

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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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


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This book ended up being a lot darker then I thought it was going. The book starts with the main character's, Ember, mom being taken away and her sent to away to a girls home. Why? Because she was born out of wed lock. This is a dystopian book in where America no longer has the Bill of Rights in stead everything is restricted by a harsh moral code. To add to the drama, the soldier who come take her and her mother away in the beginning is none other then the boy Ember loves.

Any way, she spends the fighting to stay alive and trying to find her mother. Ember is a strong character and not willing to give up. From the moment I started this book I was wrapped up in the world of Ember.
I look forward to the next in the series and to finding out what happens next!