In Louisville, 3 years after a vicious war that devastated the United States, the President has instituted the Moral Statutes which govern the way people behave. All violations lead to citations or trials, the latter option meaning you'll likely disappear without a trace. After her mother is arrested for the violation of Article 5, conceiving out of wedlock, Ember Miller becomes government property and is sent to rehabilitation. It's from here that she finds her life entwined with Chase Jennings once again, the boyfriend she's always loved. Article 5 is an exciting novel, filled with action, mystery, suspense and steamy romance! So many things are kept a secret but slowly revealed throughout the book. Your mind will be blown. Your heart will melt. Your hands will be flapping!! All in all, an electrifying read that'll get your heart pumping.
While Chase doesn't dominate every thought in Ember's mind, the romance feels thick and suffocating in the very best way. Their relationship is riddled with confusing layers and history, and we see the many phases of it as the story progresses. Complicated and painful is how I'd describe it... Through flashbacks, we see how they transitioned from best childhood friends to lovers. It's entirely heart-warming and sweet until we learn that he's leaving to become a soldier. He promises to come back but now that he's here, Ember can't get over how much he's changed. He seems like a completely different person and her memories of the old Chase don't do anything but hurt her! Their relationship undergoes a beautifully slow rekindling, building up to to a love you will FANGIRL over. Chase will win you over with his strength, kindness, sweet love and complete loyalty, wooing you without a problem!
Ember is a fantastic YA heroine. Her love for her mother is so strong and she proves this with every action in the book. She triumphs through horrific trials and punishments to try and help her mother, and becomes and even better person because of it. She's determined and passionate about the things she cares about and is absolutely fearless. You've got to love such bravery in a girl! With the new government system, you'll see whippings, executions and so much more. Grab the blankie because Simmons' world is created with so much depth and reality, it's chilling!
Article 5 will have you biting your lip in anticipation. You never know how the characters will get out of sticky situations and we're spun in circles constantly! This thrilling read is filled with tension (of the suspenseful and romantic kind) and twists that never fail to surprise. The novel is a big emotional and physical journey that'll take Ember and Chase over endless obstacles to reach safety. The sequel will no doubt be just as magnificent because of the direction the story is heading! I'm very anxious to come back to these characters and watch their love grow more - this is a book that'll stick with you for a long time to come!
*runs around* I adored this book so much! Better get your hands on it ASAP!