Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Compliance is Mandatory

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New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned. The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes. There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back. Seventeen-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 for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different. 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 military. 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 one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

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About Kristen Simmons

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KRISTEN SIMMONS has a master's degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband, Jason, and their precious greyhound Rudy in Tampa, Florida. Article 5 is her first novel.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by Tor Teen. 365 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In an unimpressive dystopian romance, a girl flees a repressive institution with the soldier she once loved.

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Fantasy Literature

I am a grouchy 37 year old now, apparently, so get off my lawn!) and I was so bored with this book that I ended up skimming the last 100 pages because I’d read enough that I felt like I should finish it so I could give it a full review, because it’s not bad, it’s just dreadfully derivative, but I...

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The Book Smugglers

Ember’s single mother is found of violating Article 5 – having a child out of wedlock – and she and Ember must be quarantined and rehabilitated.

Jan 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Article 5: Compliance is Mand...

Book Chick City

It made me as anxious as Ember to know what the FBR must have done to Chase to change him to such an extent, and to know if the old Chase could ever be regained.

May 08 2013 | Read Full Review of Article 5: Compliance is Mand...

The Ranting Dragon

By the end of the book, she’s seventeen going on thirty because the seventeen year old she started the book as cannot survive in this world.

May 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Article 5: Compliance is Mand...

The Young Folks

Article 5 was one of a few new books I bought at the RT Booklovers Convention, a couple weeks ago.

May 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Article 5: Compliance is Mand...

Stacked

This is the line that really stood out to me: "Article 5 isn't a bad book.

Jan 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Article 5: Compliance is Mand...

Cuddle Buggery Book Blog

One could argue, I think, that a regular person wouldn’t necessarily know what had happened, certainly if a long time had passed, though, in this case, I don’t think it had been long at all, though Ember would have been pretty young.

Oct 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Article 5: Compliance is Mand...

Reading Teen

Your comments about the audiobook vs the print book, the content of the book, and the choice of narrator were really helpful.

Feb 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Article 5: Compliance is Mand...

The Daily Quirk

But throughout the Article 5 series, Simmons manages to tackle the big issue – the corrupt government – through a series of smaller stories.

Feb 19 2014 | Read Full Review of Article 5: Compliance is Mand...

Book Nerd

I love how Kristin Simmons managed to weave in twists and turns during the entire book, and I did not see that twist coming which I love love love.

Feb 01 2015 | Read Full Review of Article 5: Compliance is Mand...

Stuck in YA Books

I'm excited to read Breaking Point because I absolutely loved Article 5.

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