ARC Review: Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Breaking Point (Article 5, #2)
Breaking Point
by Kristen Simmons
Series: Article 5 #2
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: February 2nd, 2013
Source: Publisher
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?


Review

It's not a secret that I loved Article 5. It took me weeks to stop thinking about it. The realism in the dystopian book was the best part. Because, honestly, if things went to crap in our world I could totally see a future like Article 5. So I was thrilled to dive into the sequel and find out more about the Resistance and of course, Chase and Ember's love story. 

Beware of reading the rest of the review if you have not read Article 5 yet. There will be spoilers from the first book.

The Action. This book really doesn't have any slow moments. There is more action packed into the pages than any dystopian YA I've read, and even exceeds the first book by a mile in this category. It's not a happy book. In fact, this may be one of the saddest stories I've ever read. It's one of those books where nothing really great can happen to the characters because the world they live in is just so screwed up. I'm going to be weird here and say that I actually love these types of books. I'm all for the stakes being risen to a crazy height and for characters to go through an emotional rampage. 

The Villain. Speaking of emotional rampages, in the sequel we have the return of the soldier who killed Ember's mother. He becomes more three dimensional and throughout the story you question his loyalty. I'm all for anti-heros or even villains with the potential of redemption, so I loved this plot!

The Flashbacks. In the first book the flashbacks were used to reveal more about Chase and Ember's romance, but in this book they're used to connect us to Ember's mother. Still gripping. Still amazing.

The Romance. My absolute favorite part of Article 5 was the romance, and I was not disappointed in the sequel. They're still incredibly perfect for one another, yet struggling under a weight of emotional baggage. Did I mention how much I love emotional stories? Well, I do. A lot. And Simmons knows where to kick you where it hurts. I teared up more than once. 

The Sniper (and star deduction). A huge factor of the plot was this mysterious sniper shooting FBR soldiers. Who's the sniper? That seems to be the question on everyone's minds. From the synopsis it's clear that Ember becomes a suspect and everyone now thinks she's this big bad sniper (a symbol for the revolution). I'm not sure I loved this plot. Mainly because it reminded me so much of The Hunger Games with Katniss being the symbol of the rebellion. It also unnerved me how the real sniper was revealed. I guessed who it was early in the book, and when it came it out was like...well, okay? There was nothing much to it. So that's why this book has one less star than it's almost perfect predecessor. 

The Ending. Kristen Simmons...why? Just why. It's kind of cliffhanger. Not really. Too hard to call. But I hate it. Because now I must wait for book three and contemplate if I shall break my only reading rule (no reading the last book in a series). It seems stupid, but I have my lame reasons. Believe me. Will this series be the first one I break it for? It's possible. But only time will tell.



Not as perfect as its predecessor but Chase still stands as one of the best boys in YA.

Flowery


Article 5 Series


Article 5 (Article 5, #1)    Breaking Point (Article 5, #2)   

10 comments:

  1. I need to read Aricle 5 still.. it's been sitting on my shelf forever but I'm waiting until I'm in the right mood to read it. This one sounds great, except for the predictibility hiccup.

    I have weird book reading rules too like NEVER EVER read the end of the book (my best friend does this and it drives me up a wall) and I'm the same as you. If I start a series, I finish it. It's the OCD in me that never leaves anything unfinished!

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  2. I can't wait to read this! Excited for more action and the villain aspect. A little nervous about the sniper storyline. Can't wait to see what I think too. :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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  3. Great review! I also really loved Article 5. I'm glad to hear that the romance is still a big focus in the Breaking Point. And like you I rather like these type of villains that we can also like. I'm also curious about Ember's mother now! I don't understand why you don't read the last book in a series :o I'm totally shocked right now, but I guess it's also good because then the series never ends for you ;)
    I'm really excited and at least I won't have to wait long for the release day now!

    Rachel @ Books to Consider

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    1. I usually don't read the last book because I don't want it to end. And I my sister tells me what happens. That and for some reason I'm always so disappointed in the final books so not-reading it keeps the series from being tarnished.

      So far I've actually never read a final book in a series. Read all 6 Harry Potters but not the 7th. Read all 12 Series of Unfortunate Events but not the 13th. Now it just feels like a rule I can't break, lol!

      But yeah, it's a really weird quirk for sure. I'm going to be really tempted to break it for the last book in this series though!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I haven't read Article 5 yet, but because you are highly recommending it, I'll put it on my "to-read" shelf. Thanks! :)

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  5. I've been wanting to read this series! I hope I can get my hands on these soon or maybe I'll try my best to wait for the next book because of the cliffhanger so I could read them back to back? Hmm, not sure if I can wait though ;) Thanks for the review!

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  6. I`ve wanted to read these for awhile, but now I`m definitely reading these series, even if it has a cliffhanger :)
    Thanks for an honest review!

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  7. Article 5 completely shocked me and blew me away. Ember and Chase are two of my favorite characters ever. I am so very happy to read a fab review for this highly anticipated sequel. Thanks for making my evening better!

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  8. This was a very good book. I liked the post-apocalyptic theme. It was pretty believable, and I could imagine some of the things that happened in the story happening in real life. It was an action packed page turner.

    Cath Brookes (SEO San Antonio)

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