Thursday, January 3, 2013

Breaking Point (Article 5 #2) by Kristen Simmons: review

Goodreads rating: 4.45
ARC, 400 pages
Expected publication: February 2nd 2013 by Tor Teen
Series: Article 5 #2
Source: Won ARC, signed

The second installment in Kristen Simmons's fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series.

After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.

Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion….

Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself.

Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways.

With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

This sequel to Article 5 was filled with non-stop action and a romance that was fierce and confusing, but also wanted to make me melt into my shoes. It's been some time now since Ember and Chase escaped to the Resistance. They've been doing their part, but they always get jobs at different times in the day, so they've barely had any alone time. The leader of the Resistance (whose name completely slips my mind) is keeping everyone busy, going on runs to get packages (AKA people that need to be placed in a safe house) and stealing supplies. It's dangerous to be in the Resistance, but it would be even more dangerous if they were in the hands of the Federal Bureau of Reformation's hands. Trouble comes knocking though when a sniper that's been mowing down FBR soldiers not only comes to the city where the Resistance is set up, but the sniper is believed to be Ember herself. Ember knows that she's not the shooter, but the Resistance needs a face for their campaign, and Ember is willing to risk herself to save lives. Chase, on the other hand, is only worried about Ember's safety. But his loyalty is tested, too many times for my taste.

This series, while not one of my all-time favorites in the dystopian genre, definitely has one of my favorite romances. Ember and Chase knew each other before, and Ember's been in love with Chase for a long time. Making this epic escape from the prison they were holding Ember, the two of them have to realize that while they're not exactly safe, they're not running either, and they have to figure out how they fit into each other's lives. They both have their little freak-out moments, but they're always there for each other, and Chase is insanely protective of Ember. And some of the moments between them... I had to fan myself a bit. But Chase and Ember aren't the only ones trying to make it work in this crazy, messed up world. Ember and [insert name] are trying to find the opportune time to save Becca from the clutches of the FBR. The problem is that they have no idea where she is or what's become of her. When an old enemy comes back with new information, Ember and [insert name] will do anything to save Becca (much to Chase's dismay). This book is full of beautiful, breathtaking romance, but it doesn't consume the story, which I love.

Eventually, Ember and Chase have no choice but to run, taking only a few people from the Resistance with them. People think that she's the sniper (even Resistance people), and she's tired of telling them they're wrong, so Ember becomes revered for something she hasn't even done, but it keeps her alive. And not everyone lives through this book. We get to see Ember's best friend again (briefly, and at first Ember thinks someone else is going to be there, not her best friend), and they find another pocket of the Resistance. Apparently, every sector of the Resistance answers to one person, which I want to say is [Three]. But no one known who he is. Luckily, Chase's uncle is in another part of the Resistance and Chase believes he'll help them and take them in. They're in for quite a shock though. Old enemies, new enemies, a big mystery, and a scintillating romance made this sequel well worth the read! I can't wait to see what happens next, especially with Ember and Chase.


1 comment:

  1. I am so excited to read this sequel! How awesome to have a signed copy! I am looking forward to the action and the few moments that made you need to fan yourself. lol Great review! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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