Friday, March 29, 2013

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Series: Article 5 (bk. 2)

Genera: Sci-fi Dystopian

Subjects: resistance to government, fugitives, orphans

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 398 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: TorTeen

Summary/ product description: “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?”

My Rating: êêê1/2

My Review: I don’t know why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as Article 5. Probably because I was in the wrong mood for dystopian, or stressed about school work. It’s just hard to get into a book when there’s so much on your mind. I finished it anyways. It’s kind of hard to review a book when you can’t remember everything that happen or how it felt, but I’ll try.

It was well written, and has great characters. The second half of the book was more exciting. And they go to Chicago! So, maybe the sequel was not as good as the 1st book, but it’s probably pretty close. There’s no love triangle and Chase is awesome as ever. Tucker’s back, and Ember hates him. He kind of grew on me though. He’s done bad things, but he deserves a chance to help.

So, Ember is being framed as the Sniper. She can’t really shoot a gun, so she clearly isn’t. She gets a disguise, though. Changes her hair, dresses up. It’s a smart idea. And Chase puts on the soldier uniform again. They go on a mission to pick up a “package” and don’t get recognized!  They’re in Knoxville, still. There’s a safe house in a motel. There’s some new and old characters. Cara’s there and she’s so funny and sassy. Something happens to the motel, and Chase, Ember and Sean go to Chicago to find Rebecca. The Chicago part was the most interesting because I actually am from Chicagoland.

So, even if the book seems to drag on in parts, there’s still a lot of action and romance. There’s some gruesome scenes too, and sad parts. I recommend this series if you like resistance and survival dystopias like Legend, Delirium, Divergent, Shatter Me, or Eve.

Cover Art Review: I love the illustrations that Nekro does! This cover it amazing. It took a lot of work to make the city look ruined and deserted. I’m pretty sure the city is supposed to be Chicago because all the sky-scrapers and that bridge looks vaguely familiar. (Does it go over the Chicago River, maybe?) And the back cover with the wanted poster is awesome.


~Haley G

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a pretty good book from the excerpt. and I love lots of action. I haven't had the chance to read the first one yet, but it's on my TBR list!