Monday, March 19, 2012

New Dystopia

If you liked The Hunger Games, you'll definitely enjoy Article 5, the first book in planned trilogy by new author Kristen Simmons.

Following a vaguely-described War that deviated the country, the United States has become a very different place. Gone is the Bill of Rights. Replacing it are the Moral Statutes, highly strict rules enforced by the Federal Bureau of Reformation (a.k.a. "Moral Militia"). Violators have a way of disappearing, and terrible rumors abound about their fate. When Ember's mother is arrested for being a single parent (an Article 5 violation), Ember is carted off to a reformatory where residents are bullied by armed guards and harshly punished by a cruel headmistress. With the assistance of her former crush, Chase, now an AWOL FBR officer, Ember escapes and begins a long journey to find her mother. With the FBR on their tails and unspeakable dangers lurking at every turn, Ember and Chase must learn to trust each other if they are to survive. But is this even possible?

Although pretty violent at times, Article 5 is packed with action. Eventually, a romance begins to develop between Chase and Ember, which is sure to be fleshed out more in future books. Overall, an excellent read. If you're a fan of the dystopia genre, you won't want to miss this one! --AJL

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