Friday, 9 March 2012

Article 5 (Article 5, #1)Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For some reason it seems like ages since I've read a good book, which isn't true at all, but still, Article 5 was a fantastic read and pretty much ticked all the boxes for me. There was an engaging and brilliantly delivered plot, world building that made you feel all the desperation, injustice and fear of the system the characters were up against. And speaking of characters, they were believable, perfectly flawed (that makes sense right?! >.<) and just looking to escape the corrupt and savage world they had been forced to endure.

The tumultuous and fragile relationship between Ember and Chase felt real and natural. Nothing seemed forced and all the emotions that riddled them through the course of the book were well portrayed and relatable. Whenever they came upon a new obstacle, whether it was physical or emotional, you could understand their actions, even if you didn't agree with them, all because the author was able to skilfully capture the mood of the moment.

The author's storytelling abilities also deserve a mention. She was able to create a compelling narrative without being either to clinical and literal or too over-sentimental and flowery. Every part of her story was perfectly balanced.

I am eagerly (and impatiently) awaiting the next instalment.

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