Saturday, February 9, 2013

Review: Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Breaking Point (Article 5, #2)
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Pages: 400
Source: ARC from Publisher

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?

Review: I think this is a fantastic sequel to Article 5! It started out a little slow but quickly got action packed and very interesting! The sniper was introduced right in the beginning which made for a great mystery during the book! I was always wondering who the sniper was up until it all became obvious at the end. I was kinda mixed about the resistance in this book. I was very happy that they took Ember and Chase in and let them be part of it, but I was also kinda weary about it because a few members didn't exactly like them. I guess I liked them more than didnt like them though. They did give Ember and Chase a lot of help. Where ever they ended up the Resistance did their best to help them, which was really good because of the whole shoot on suspicion alone thing with Ember. She needed the most help and protection she could get. I did like how the Resistance used Ember to their advantage though. They had her go out and show that she was still alive and not in hiding just because of the FBR. It showed some people a little hope. I was very sad when the Resistance's stronghold in Knoxville was destroyed, that pretty much put everyone there on the run, and not all with each other either. 

Ember and Chase. Man. These two went through so much in this book, a lot of it being fights. Ember was the one who wanted to do what she could to help the Resistance and get out there and Chase was the one who wanted her to stay hidden and safe. They had many fights over it. Though I do have to say it was nice knowing Chase wanted to protect Ember at all costs. Though they both were in for problems when Tucker showed up... Remember him? The guy from the base that totally tried to use Ember. Him. They didn't trust him at all. He said he got dishonorably discharged and that he wanted to join the Resistance but they didn't trust him. They thought he was the one who turned them in about not being dead. So it caused a lot of problems for both of them having to work with him and try to trust him. It definitely didn't go well for all three of them. Though by the end of the book I did feel like Tucker was on the side of the Resistance and helping Ember and Chase. I'm not saying I trust him, but I am saying I don't think hes working secretly with the FBR. This book though really put Ember, Chase and the whole Resistance to the test. 

The ending was just WOW though. There was supposed to be a settlement entirely of Resistance and when they got there it was gone... Wiped out... :( But their might be survivors because they found tracks leading away from the settlement. So I'm hoping... 

5 Stars!

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