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Article 5

By: Kristen Simmons
Narrated by: Jenny Ikeda
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Kristen Simmons’ thrilling debut novel Article 5 is the first in an eagerly anticipated dystopian trilogy. In a world where soldiers have replaced police, arrests are made for minor infractions, and the Bill of Rights has been replaced with the Moral Statutes, 17-year-old Ember Miller longs for the days when things were different. But when her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 by the only boy Ember has ever loved, her peaceful, low-profile life is thrown into chaos.

©2012 Kirsten Simmons (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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The basic plot of this young adult novel is ok; we are in the near-future, when the forces of fundamentalism have banned any activity deemed unChristian. The protagonist, Ember, is the daughter of an unmarried woman who has been taken away for trial because she had an illegitimate child. Ember is also taken, and the plot revolves around she and her boyfriend escaping. Again, while the basic plot is good, Ember just doesn't spend enough time looking at the obvious. I suspect that the reason why she has to spend so much time doubting her boyfriend is because that is the basic tension in the book. If it weren't there, there would have to be some other filler. I wanted to yell at Ember, "Think! If he is such a jerk, why is he here? Can't you figure out he loves you?"

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