It’s set in future USA. The USA is effectively being run by a military regime whose head was a voted President. The President was voted in hopes of stabilization after a war between the rich and the poor broke out. The Article 5 world is based on 8 moral conducts. Failure to submit to any of these rules result in imprisonment and execution. The protagonist of our story gets locked into a detention center after her mother violates article 5 (thus giving us the title of the book). She spends most of the book trying to escape it and it’s violent head. When she finally does escape,
Ember’s a bit of a damsel in distress. Even though she tries rescuing herself several times, she’s forced to depend on others for help. She has a bit of a holier-than-thou attitude (which kind of pissed me off but characters shouldn’t be perfect) but will do anything for the people who she loves and trusts. That’s why I think the blackmail fit her character really well. I know a lot of people were horrified by it, but I think the blackmail is the second best part of the book. Here she reveals exactly how desperate she is to save her mother. That was another unique thing- the mother had to be saved. In most books, it’s a younger sibling or best friend who has to be saved. Kristen Simmons made the plot more refreshing by making it necessary to save the mother. The mother is a bit outspoken and is brave (braver than the heroine,) yet sometimes these qualities are what gets the mother into trouble. It doesn’t really seem like she need saving, but the heroine is convinced she does need saving. And I think that’s what helps make this character most human: she thinks she knows what is best for everyone,but don’t we all?
Rachel was the kind of girl who I was sure I would hate at the beginning. I was pleasantly surprised that I don’t. She turns out to be the loyal friend and even more loyal girlfriend. It’s heartbreaking what happens to her.
Sean…I think I almost prefer Sean to Chase. He’s so sweet, even when he has been blackmailed. Loyal too. I think his story is the saddest in the series, yes this includes his girlfriend’s. Towards the end of this book, he’s almost like a brother to both Chase and Ember. I really love the banter between the trio.
Chase is swoon worthy. I’m not joking. He’s the best friend who grows up to be more (in most YA books, only the guy wants the friendship to become more). Then he becomes the dangerous, hot soldier who is such a cliche in these type of books. (look under romance for more).
Brock is the first villain. She’s like a muggle umbridge;she inflicts corporal punishment while pretending to be sweet and lady-like. There’s not a single redeemable quality in her. Gah!
Tucker is the villain of the piece. And he’ s Kristen Simmon’s masterpiece. From the very beginning, he seems to have a perverted, sleazy interest in Ember. But before you groan about love triangles, let me tell you that he’s only interested cause Ember is Chase’s girl. Jealousy and ambition seem to be his driving forces but eventually they lead to his downfall. Is it just me or does he sound brainwashed here?
I’m a damn good soldier. I did what needed to be done.
I love how the authoress takes a cliche like a love triangle with the bad boy and the sweet guy and puts both guys into one. Confused? Yeah Ember is too. She refers to the pre-soldier Chase as ‘her’ Chase and the soldier as ‘a stranger’. In the book Chase deals with PTS and this just makes him more humane To be honest, before that, the soldier kind of freaked me out too. He not only deals with Post Traumatic Stress, he deals with guilt too (you’ll find out why in the second book). Both of these things put a serious dampner on the relationship for quite a while, but when it get’s going…it get’s steamy quickly.