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

 

 

 

Title: Breaking Point

Series: Article 5, Book #2

Author: Kristen Simmons

Published: February 12, 2013

Publisher: TOR Teen

Pages: 400

Source: won ARC from ARCycling

Goodreads Summary: 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?

Christina’ s review for Article 5 (Book 1) can be found HERE.

  • Christina loved the unyielding action and the subtle swoons. It goes on her second shelf.

**Special Note:** Christina received an ARC of this title from ARCycling. All thoughts, quotes, opinions will be related to it and not of the published version. I’ll try to keep a majority of this review SPOILER-FREE, but seeing as it is the second in a series, you may want to read Article 5 before continuing with my review.

The Lowdown: Breaking Point picks up right where Article 5 left off. After escaping from prison, Ember and Chase are being housed by the rebel establishment and presumably safe after having faked their deaths to escape. But while they’re trying to lay low in hopes of making the government truly believe they’d perished, the Resistance is a never-ending fight and so the rebels do what they must. They follow orders from their leader, Wallace, and his commander, Three, and take a stand against the FBR soldiers and the President. Soon, the grandest stand of all comes in the form of a mysterious sniper that shows up in different locations, singles out soldiers, and takes them out. Everyone has their suspicions on who this revolutionary assailant could be and they quickly become an unknown celebrity in the Resistance movement.

But when the sniper shows up in Knoxville and stays, taking the lives of several Moral Militiamen in public, the murmurings begin to reach an all new level. The rebels are rising and the government is more desperate than ever to suffocate it as quickly as they can. So, they make a tactical choice and post a Top 5 Most Wanted List and their number one suspect is none other than Ember herself. The orders say shoot to kill and soldiers have the right to eliminate anyone that could be linked to the sniper on suspicion alone. Ember has never felt like she’s had a bigger target on her back until now.

My Thoughts: It’s not often these days that I read a second installment in a series that seems better than its predecessor. Usually the second book is used as more of a filler, to pad the story and tide the reader over until all hell breaks loose in the last book that concludes the series. However, this is not the case with Breaking Point. In my review of Article 5, I stated that a lot of the backstory in the decline of the country had been left out and we were left in the dark of how things had gotten so bad and how the government rose to power, but now I wonder if that wasn’t part of the genius exhibited by Ms. Simmons. I was pulled into Article 5 because of the uniqueness of the plot alone, so I was happy to find that a lot of the holes I noticed in it were filled in this second book. It’s still packed to the max with non-stop action, but a good amount of the guesswork from the previous novel was spread throughout Breaking Point.

As far as the characters are concerned, I still loved both of the main characters. At first I was a little unsettled about Ember’s reluctance to become a bigger part of the movement when she exhibited such a badass revelation at the end of Article 5.  However, I quickly dashed that judgment because it made her more human to me, more real. Even badasses are allowed moments of vulnerability and weakness, especially when your life or the lives of those you care about has a possible expiration date put on it. That being said, Ember soon pulled herself together and stepped into her ninja suit, and after growing more self-assured and confidant in her role in this war, she gained my good favor once more. Then there’s Chase and there’s not much more that I can say about him aside from *swoooooony, dreamy sigh.* We learn more about what he used to be like, how the soldier encampment changed him, and see his struggle to hold onto the good parts of himself that are left and tied to his love for Ember. Then, there’s his unwavering protectiveness of her that had me melting all over the place. Also, there’s old secondary characters and the addition of newer ones that impacted the story in a big way (and I can’t say who or how because that would just ruin things). I enjoyed those moments we were allowed to delve deeper into who they were and their motivations for joining the cause.

Pacing: Just like I stated about Article 5, the pacing was perfect for this story. I felt like my heart was pounding out of my chest throughout a vast majority of the book. When it wasn’t racing though, it was lodged in my throat because of the quiet moments some of the characters shared were intense and memorable. I was seriously conflicted the entire time. I felt like I couldn’t get enough and needed to know everything all while feeling like I needed to slow it down and appreciate the maturation of the characters and the evolution of the relationships they were forming.

Swoons: Oh. Me. Chase is something else, I tell you. It’s easy to read words that melt your heart, but it’s different with him. Chase melts you more with his actions and his unspoken words. It’s in his gentle touches or his longing gazes or fierce protectiveness and loyalty. But in the first book, I said that I had wanted more from him in this book and he delivered. Some of the alone time that he shared with Ember were some of the most poignant scenes I’ve ever read. But he also brought a little heat this time, too.

“I remember you used to like to be kissed here,” he said, voice thick. “Do you still?”

Verdict: If you haven’t read Article 5, go get it immediately. Then, after you fall in love with it, jump directly into this one. Like the summary from Goodreads so accurately states, this second installment is “fast-paced” and “gripping.” One of the aspects that I love most about this series is that it’s essentially plot-driven. While there is a romance, it doesn’t take precedence over the entirety of the novel.

I thought this is one of the better second books in a series I’ve ever read. It progressed the plot, dove deeper into who the characters were all while showing tremendous growth, and it rounded out to be another complete novel. Again, NO CLIFFHANGERS! Dear Ms. Kristen Simmons, in a world full of cliffhanger series endings that make me want to bash my head against a wall, you give me these books and I’m so grateful. Thank you!

I can’t wait to see how Simmons concludes this trilogy with Three (Article 5, #3). I expect an epic showdown, loads more action, and tons of swoons from Chase.

♥ A very special thanks to Kelsey from The Book Scout and Arcycling for providing me with the ARC copy of this title.

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Posted May 2, 2013 by christina2227 in All The Swoons, ARC, Bad Boys, Dark and Gritty, Dystopian, Flail inducing, Holy Angst Batman, Mystery/Suspense, Reviews, Romance, Series, Swoonworthy Book Boyfriends, Thriller, UST (unresolved sexual tension), Young Adult / 4 Comments

4 responses to “Breaking Point (Article 5, #2) by Kristen Simmons

  1. Stina

    Wow. This sounds amazing. I’ve already read Article 5 and was looking forward to reading Breaking Point. But now I want to go pick it up right now! Thanks for the review!

    • Christina

      And thank you you for stopping by and commenting!

      It was so good and definitely builds on Article 5! You’ll have to stop back by and leave me your thoughts after your finished. This is probably even at the library now!

      ♥ Christina

  2. Jaime Lester

    Article 5 is one of my all time favorites, so reading your review of Breaking Point just made my day. I can’t wait to read it myself!

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