Author: Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: January 2012
Series: Article 5 #1
Summary (from Goodreads): 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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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.
Review: I was originally interested in this book as a litter circle book for my freshmen for a dystopian/government unit but after listening to it, I decided to go with a different option. This being said, it’s not a bad book. In fact, I did enjoy the premis of the story but there were some parts of the romance story that I didn’t want to deal with in a freshmen class. While this wasn’t one of my favorite dystopian novels, it is action packed. However, it took awhile to really get to know the characters and to start to care about them. However, once that happened, I didn’t want the story to end. And lucky for me it doesn’t have to as this is apart of a series. I will eventually move onto the next book but not anytime soon.