17-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 to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. That life in the United States used to be different.
In the three years since the war ended, 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 Federal Bureau of Reformation. 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 what’s worse, one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings… the only boy Ember has ever loved.
article 5 was weird... I thought it would be great, based on some of the praise it got and the interesting premise. I love dystopian, and this seemed really interesting. The book its self is extremely inconsistent, and the entire first half is extremely boring. I skimmed the first 150 pages thinking to myself "when will the story begin?"
after that the book wasn't too bad but was ultimately forgettable, the government was unrealistic, and i don't understand why Embers mother didn't get arrested years before. The world in article 5 wasn't clarified, and the characters weren't completely solid. The love story was sweet, but still, it didn't save the novel.
I don't think ill be picking up the sequel when it comes out...