Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons is the first book in a trilogy. It is also my February review for the Debut Author Challenge.
This is a fast-paced story with plenty of action to keep you turning pages. Simmons has a knack for ending chapters in such a way that you just have to look at the first few paragraphs of the next one. The dystopia is chilling in a way that is far too easily imagined as a logical end point for some of today's politics. The individual villains are effectively horrifying. However, I had a lot of trouble relating to the protagonist and narrator. Nine times out of ten, her decisions--which she claimed were always carefully considered--made no sense given her situation and could only hinder the achievement of her goals. By the end of the book, I had grown very tired of yelling at her to do the opposite of whatever she was doing. I haven't decided yet whether to give the second book a try. The world-building here is solid and compelling. I just wish for some more deserving characters to inhabit it.
Article 5 is published by Tor Teen and retails for $17.99 (hardcover). I got my advance readers copy from the publisher (although this review was not solicited or otherwise compensated). You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!