Article 5 – A Book Review

It is no secret that I love a good futuristic dystopia book. Love them. The Pastor jokes that I read more political books than he does because of all the futuristic dystopias I read. So, over the weekend, I read Article 5 by Kristen Simmons. It is a great futuristic dystopia. I even give it a pass on the whole book series bit. I will be reading the rest of this series.

In this book, you’ll find a futuristic America ruled militantly by a moralistic militia. No more democracy. Full force police state. The main character Ember is transported to a rehabilition facility. Rehabilitation for what? Being born out of wedlock. She becomes a ward of the new government.

I do wish the book moved a bit faster. It did drag a bit in some places. And I won’t spoil the ending, but you’ll see it coming way before you get there. You’ll want to keep reading to know how Ember responds. The characters feel so real. I only wish Ms. Simmons would have delved into a few more details. I’d like to know more about the Sisters and the President. I’d like to know more about the attacks that brought about the police state. I’d like to know more about the Resistance. I’d like to know more about the Moral Militia- drafting procedures, training, etc.

I’d recommend reading it. If I had to compare it to other books, I’d lump it in with Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, and Matched. If you’re a fan of any of those, give this one a read.

This is a good read. I guess since this is a young adult book, I’ll give my usual parental blurb. References to sex outside of marriage, violence, suicide, andrape is alluded to. No bad language. Nothing graphic, only kissing. I’d say it is pretty safe for the 13 and over crowd.

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