Waiting on Wednesday: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

Apparently I damaged my rotator cuff (which sounds like it should be a piece of a car, not my body) somehow and now it kinda hurts to type, so no real introduction.  Here’s the book I’m wishing I had in my hands this week.


Article 5
Kristen Simmons

Tor Teen
Releases on February 14, 2012
384 pages 
Buy it on Amazon here

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned. 

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes. 

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back. 

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different. 

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. 

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever get tired of post-apocalyptic/dystopian stories.  Even when they sound like something I’ve already read, there’s enough of a difference in reading that it’s an all new world.  Of course there’s some sort of romance component to the book, but I really trust Tor to bring really great world building and relatable characters.  Bloggers who’ve gotten ARCs have also said some good things about Article 5, so I’m eager to get my hands on it.