I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.
Releases February 11, 2014
YA / Dystopian / Scifi
Kristen Simmons' fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series continues in Three.
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.
Could it be? Has my bad luck with series enders come to a close? I was starting to think it was impossible to feel satisfied with the conclusion to a trilogy, but after Evertrue and now Three, I’m starting to think maybe it’s not just me after all. Thank you, Kristen Simmons, for writing an incredibly compelling, satisfying conclusion to your dystopian series. It left me sad and happy and a little disoriented upon finishing, like I wasn’t meant to return to this world of day jobs and Veronica Mars marathons.
I’ve had an interesting history with the Article 5 series. It’s been kind of backwards compare to my usual reaction to dystopian trilogies. I had some huge issues with the first book to the point that it caused me to stop giving my reviews letter grades all together. Despite that, I went forward with the second book, which resolved many of the issues I’d had with the first, but still didn’t make me a huge cheerleader for the series. But this third volume? Get me some pompoms.
I flailed, I teared up, I was shocked and I read the nearly 400 page book in one sitting after making the mistake of starting it at 8PM at night. I could not put Three down. Ember’s naiveté is a thing of the past and yet she still makes reckless choices when nothing else can be done. Everyone lives in shades of grey and she’s left not knowing who to trust other than Chase, who starts to loosen up a little and begins to believe a future is possible.
SPOILERS FOR ARTICLE 5 AND BREAKING POINT AHEAD