Sunday, February 24, 2013

Review: Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons
Article 5 #2
Release Date: February 12th, 2013
Number of Pages: 400
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: ARC from Raincoast Books
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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?

When I got my hands on Breaking Point, I was really excited to be able to sink back into the world Kristen Simmons had created. I have to say, it was extremely easy to get back into the story started in Article 5. I felt like I had read Article 5 minutes before starting Breaking Point, even if I had actually read it last year. The way it is written, it is easy to be reminded of what happened before.

One of my favorite things about this series was seriously the world in which the story takes place. In Article 5, we learned a lot about the world, about the past, and about the articles controlling the life of the characters. In Breaking Point, we learn more about what really happens in the world, and this is something I really appreciated, especially since it was well included in the story. I never felt like the information was forced on us. It was always nicely included in the story. Dystopian novels are one of kind of novels you can never have enough background information.

In Breaking Point, we follow once again Ember and Chase. The relationship between those two isn’t getting easier, and have to say there is little romance in this one, which I liked, despite loving those two together. After all, romance isn’t the priority when you’re fighting for your life. Ember is getting stronger each novel, and she isn’t afraid to fight for herself and those she cares about. She wants to do her part, even if Chase is often overprotective and would rather have her stay safe behind. We also see Chase under a different light in this book, as he is haunted by his past. This showed how much those two need each other. Their interaction was really one of my favorite parts of the novel, with the world.

Article 5 and Breaking Point are books I definitely would recommend to fans of dystopian. It’s a series I think deserve a lot more love than it has received. Those who have read and loved Article 5 will be more than please with its sequel. Breaking Point was a strong sequel that will leave you wanting more. I already can’t wait to read what will happen next.

About The Author
From NetGalley

Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She loves Jazzercise, her husband, and her precious greyhound, Rudy. Also chocolate. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida.

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  1. you know.. i kind of disagree with you because I felt that Article 5 was much better than Breaking Point, mainly for the lack of character development I witnessed in Breaking Point, but I totally get what you mean about the world building.. and action, even if it happened later in the book.

    awesome review!
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  2. Little romance is always sad! That's my favorite part. But, I don't think this book needs it. I had hopes to see Ember grow a little and to learn more about Chase. I planned on rereading the first book but you made it sound like I didn't need to. Maybe I will just dive into this one :). Fabulous review <3


    1. Rereading is never a bad idea, but I remembered enough not to be lost.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This is the second novel in the Article 5 series, with Article 5 being the first novel. I really love this series and can't wait for the final installment. If you are a fan of YA dystopian fiction, such as The Hunger Games, Enclave/Outpost or Divergent/Insurgent, you will definitely like this series. The female lead character is strong; unlike some series where the female character whines a lot and has to have some guy come rescue her, Kristen Simmons made this character strong and fairly self-reliant. It's good. Read it. But read Article 5 first.

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  4. I enjoyed every minute of Breaking Point, and I am excited to see what the third book will have in store for us readers because the ending of this book left me speechless, and wanting more. Kristen Simmons is definitely an author to look out for because her books are amazing and Breaking Point lives up to its title. Fast paced, romance, and action are all in Breaking Point and I am now excited for the final book!

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