by Kristen Simmons
Series: Article 5 #3
Publication Date: 11 February 2014
Tor Teen, eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Thankyou Macmillan (Tor/Forge) for providing me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR FIRST 2 BOOKS.
Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence.
And all that’s left is smoking ruins.
Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the only thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.
With their high profile, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amidst the ruins of abandoned cities as they follow the tracks down the coast, eventually finding refugees from the destroyed safe house. Among them is someone from Chase’s past—someone he never thought he’d see again.
Banding together, they search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about…a settlement that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a tiny ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run.
Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance at telling the world her story.
At fighting back.
I can’t believe it’s over. I think I might be in denial. The Article 5 trilogy is complete. Done. No more. All I want to do is curl up in a corner and not do anything for a million years. Not because Three was bad but because it was completely spectacular and I just want to hug Ember, Chase, Sean, Rebecca and Kristen Simmons then continue my corner hogging. However, I’ve found the strength to turn on my laptop, sit down and write a review for this awe-inspiring conclusion to an epic dystopian trilogy.
While Article 5 was extremely character based and Breaking Point action-packed, Three was the perfect combination of both. Ember and Chase continue on their grueling journey with a handful of other rebels after they discovered the bombed safe house. Left with little hope, their only choice was to follow tracks and seek help from survivors – or the mysterious Three. This of course, led them to uncover many secrets about not only the rebellion but the history of the War and formation of the Federal Bureau of Reformation (FBR).
Something I’ve always loved about and felt set this trilogy apart from other dystopian books was that Ember was one hundred percent girl-next-door. She is particularly relatable and it feels like you could be dropped right there in her place in a split second. I especially admired how Ember persevered in hopeless situations and trust me, Three was practically built on futile circumstances.
Unlike most dystopian series, the romance was incredibly well-developed in this trilogy. Chase and Ember were undeniably a perfect match yet they were never, ever cheesy. I’ve loved them both together since the very start and although life had thrown crazy obstacles in their way, they (thankfully) understood each other well enough to work through them.
“What if I’m far too gone?”
“Then I’ll find you,” I said. “And I’ll bring you back.”
– 20%, eARC
The plot in Three was intricate and fast-paced; there never was a single dull moment. In practically every chapter, a secret was revealed or there was a plot twist. I’m utterly amazed at how Kristen Simmons comes up with these impossible conditions yet somehow get Ember, Chase and all the other characters to keep going and find solutions. I would’ve been totally stumped had I been faced with those unfeasible situations!
As for the characters, you will get to know every single one of them – not just Ember and Chase – better in Three. It’s heartbreaking to understand how the cruelty of the FBR affected all the various people in society, both the compliant and noncompliant. That, in a way, contributed a lot to better world-building and made the whole story seem so much more personal.
One of my favorite parts of this novel – apart from everything going on between Ember and Chase – was the conflicted relationship between Ember and Tucker. Her struggle about how she should treat him was impressively played out. Ember’s forgiving nature and hatred for Tucker were both beautifully shown because really, how do one face the man who murdered one’s mother and yet had proved numerous times he was trustworthy?
All in all, there couldn’t have been a more fitting ending for this trilogy. Although violent and filled with lost lives, the ending was astounding and would have you on the edge of your seat, adrenaline pumping through your blood until the very last sentence. If I had been someone who bites my nails, I probably would not have any left from how worried I was about who would die or survive! Obviously, the conclusion moved me to tears (why, Kristen Simmons, why?) and yet I loved it to bits. I would recommend this gorgeous dystopian trilogy to all thrill-seekers who also love amazing characters.
Lastly, I’m just wholly glad I decided to pick up Article 5 sometime in the middle of last year – leading to an amazing adventure and being introduced to incredible characters – and so grateful to Kristen Simmons for sharing Ember and Chase’s inspiring journey.