I just finished Kristen Simmons’ Article 5 and it was one of the most terrifying books ever because the possibility of it is just a little too, well, possible! There are people out there, right now, who would support some of the Moral Statutes that govern this not too distant future. The quote from Edmond Burke comes to mind…“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
War has destroyed America, as we know it. All of the major cities have been abandoned, even Washington, D.C.! There is no more Constitution or Bill of Rights. They’ve been replaced by the Moral Statutes. Noncompliance means arrest, detention and, possibly, worse… Ember Miller does everything she can think of to make sure that her free spirited mother does not get caught with contraband like the romance novels she loves so much. One perfectly normal afternoon, Ember arrives home from school and settles in with her friends to do homework when there’s a knock at the door. Standing there are the soldiers that serve as police, enforcing the Moral Statues. They arrest her and her mother for being in violation of Article 5, which states that having a child out of wedlock is illegal. The two of them are being taken to a detention facility, from which no one has ever returned. The worst thing of all is that one of the soldiers is Chase, the boy next door and her first true love.
This novel will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and the Maze Runner. The formula is similar and the characters are both flawed but with a strong moral center that does not allow them to follow the pack. As with many of these dystopian novels, the fate of their people lies in the hands of the young. Perhaps because their filters still tend to see things in black and white, right and wrong, with few grey areas to cloud their judgement. Whatever the reason, the young people in this book are true heroes!