Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons [Reviews]

Breaking Point (Article 5, #2)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons
Series: Article 5 #2
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release: February 12, 2013
Hardcover: 400 Pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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?
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Shannon's Thoughts:
This is probably one of the most exciting dystopians series I've read recently.  I DEVOURED this book and I'm pretty sure I enjoyed it more than the first (which I also devoured).  Dystopian is a very well-tread genre, and while some of the story felt familiar, Simmons does manages to surprise and shock too.

I was happy to see the development of the characters and the character interactions were by far my favorite part of the book.  Ember is a lot less naive than the first book.  She did not frustrate me as much this go around.  I liked that while Ember and Chase have their differences (and trust issues), they are loyal to each other and do start to communicate with one another. Sigh.  I could use a Chase in my life.  I also liked the Simmons didn't mess with Sean's character too much.  I liked that he was dedicated to finding Rebecca, but he didn't go off the rails.  That kind of thing happens way too often in books.  Lastly, I really liked Tucker's character.  He is a nebulous, untrustworthy character.  I loved that he represented another side of the conflict and that you never knew what his true intentions were.  I also liked that Ember didn't forgive him for her mother's death, but she wasn't stupid about accepting his help when needed.

As for the dystopian aspects, I found this series to be a little more realistic than others.  The repeal of women's rights and the emphasis on "morality" was startling and hits close to home.  But I also found the demonizing of the FBR soldiers to be too simplistic.  With the exception of Chase and Sean, they were basically all bad guys who get off on assaulting women. I don't quite buy into the idea that every man in the FBR would be like this.

Overall, I really liked this series so far, even with my minor complaints.  It kinds of hits all the good points of the dystopian genre and I highly recommend it for dystopian fans.

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Article 5
2. Breaking Point
3. Three

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