20. března 2012

Review: Article 5


Article 5 (Article 5, #1)Title: Article 5
Author: Kristen Simmons
Series: Article 5
Part: first
Number of pages: 364
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: January 31st 2012
Synopsis:
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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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 behaviour — 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.

Everything has changed after the war in the United States, got worse. There were political changes and awful Moral Statues were approved. In their name people get punishments. And it is usual that people disappear and never come back.
Ember´s life was never easy. Honestly, it was always hard. When one evening she comes home, she has no idea that her life is going to change. With her mother´s arresting because of the Article 5 starts her fight for her own life and freedom. Through different facilities where the slaves are made by and for the government, Ember goes to a place she didn´t know there could be one. Basically she even didn´t believe there could exist something like this.
But now it is time to fight and everything is not about Ember, but it is about all the people because everybody deserves free life.

The Moral Statues of the United States of America
Article 1
The United States embraces the Church of America as her official religion.
Article 2
Literature and other media considered immoral are hereby banned and shall not be owned, bought, sold or traded in any capacity.
Article 3
Whole families are to be considered one man, one woman, and child(ren).
Article 4
Traditional male and female roles shall be observed
Article 5
Children are considered valid citizens only when conceived by a married man and wife.

Dystopian books are on top right now. Just open any book blog and you will find it out. And what is so cool about these kinds of books?
We all are masochists and we like reading about others suffering. Their laws, statements, the form of the government and like all of the people don´t have their own minds and thoughts. Everything what is said by their government is the right thing and be aware to say something against! There is the possibility of you being gone… forever.
But there are people who are against them, whoever they are: dictator, religion sect, soldiers or to people superordinate group. And that people fight against these with whatever it needs.
Big_eda89d18a34783707fd2e7cf52dd4c62f444d0f3_largeBut the worst thing is to find out that the resistance is the right thing. Usually it takes one person certain time… for example: one book.

So, what do we have here?
Awful and brilliant dystopian world, brave main character who is trying to stay alive, her mother and a guy.

If you look into the story line of some other dystopian book which describe resistance of a character against something or someone, you could find a few similar things. That is unfortunately true. But we want this kind of stories and we want to project ourselves into the favourite characters. We want to imagine that we could do something like that too. And we want to cheer and shout at the character: “You can do this!”

Article 5 is a book which has a lot to offer.

If you prefer adventures and action scenes, there are in the book. If you adore author´s imagination for creating new state system with all of these horrible statements, you will enjoy Article 5 like a creamy cake. And if you like romantic story lines you will not be disappointed here too.

When we look into the adventure and action story line, there is nothing wrong with it. How action the story starts, like that goes all the time and ends in the same action mood. Simmons mixed very well present scenes with these that are happening in the past. So you are reading so fast to know what is going to happen but you also want to know what had happen and want to know why the characters behave like they do, so you are enjoying every single page.
Sometimes there are short parts of relaxing with the characters. They talk and have deserved rest, in exchange of all of that action. In these quiet scenes some kind of romantics comes.
About Ember and Chase´s relationship is special that they know each other for a really long time. And now they have just met again after years. Their story is so much interesting with the fact that we don´t know what have happened between them and we are finding it out by pieces. Because of that, their relationship is…healthier than all them we have already met. They are not crazy in love and everything what they are doing is not because they want to be together forever. Unfortunately we can´t see into Chase´s mind so we don´t know exactly his feelings and yes, Ember is thinking about him, a lot. But it is not like “why does he look at me like this? Do I look fat in these jeans?” Her thoughts about him are good for us because they are about their past and we want to know them.
 
But all of this is not the major thing. This book is not about relationship between Ember and Chase, but there is something very different going on. It´s about Ember´s fight which is in the beginning so personal because of her mother, but then everything changes. Ember is fighting for better world and she still has a long way before her.

Article 5 is book about what people have to survive to find out that they don´t want to be a slave of a bad system and they want to fight against it.

Action story that will not let you sleep: CHECKED
Great and complicated characters: CHECKED
Awful world: CHECKED
Beautiful cover: CHECKED
What else should you wish?

Article 5 is action and absolutely addictive book that is really easy to love and you will be not able to put it down. You would like to spend more time with the characters and you will be looking for their next meeting. The book is readable fast, without any troubles, exactly: it is one big ride that you will be not able to stop enjoying. And the book will let you out after the last page to your normal, boring life. But the amazing memories about what fantastic has happened in the book you will remember for a very long time.


Many thanks to the Publisher for sending me the book for review!

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