Saturday, February 15, 2014

Review: Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons (28 Days of Reviews #14)

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons
Breaking Point (Article 5, #2)

Series: Article 5, #2
Release Date
: February 12th 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
: 400
Genre: Young Adult – Sci-fi, Dystopia
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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?

When we left the first book Chase and Ember had just faked their own deaths to escape from the Detention Center. They have joined the resistance while still trying to locate Sean’s girlfriend Rebecca. The guys at the Inn are tailing a possible new recruit that sounds a little shady and Chase and Ember are trying to mend their relationship.
There really isn’t much of a recap at the start of this book like there is in most sequels. I could see that would cause a problems for people who forget a lot of what they read or read them pretty far apart. Luckily I read these back to back and I actually enjoy it when there isn’t the first 5 pages talking about what happened in the last book. I like a gradual recap or one that happens throughout the first couple chapters. They do talk about what has happened before throughout the book though. A big part of this story is finding out who the Sniper is. I pretty much figured it out right away but it wasn’t really revealed until closer to the end. I can’t believe it took that long for Ember to figure it out.

There is a lot of character development in this book. There is also a lot more world building in this book and some more back story. This made me happy because I like to understand why the world has become the way it is. Ember and Chase are still going back and forth with each other. Chase will withdraw a lot of the time and I really wish he would quit doing that but I still enjoy reading their scenes together. Tucker is also back in this story and I am very torn about how I feel about him.

I can’t wait to read the third book. So far this is one of my favorite dystopian trilogies.

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