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Book – Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Set in a future when the Bill of Rights has no meaning and everyone must live by the Moral Statutes one teenage girl (Ember Miller) finds herself faced with the worst situation you can be in without being a rebel. The boy she grew up with (Chase Jennings),  who she has always loved, was forced to join the MM (the soldiers who enforce the Statutes). When her mother is arrested for violating Article 5 Chase is among the arresting officers. Not yet 18 Ember is sent to a reformatory school, where the girls are taught not to question. To be seen and not heard and to respect and follow the Moral Statutes. If she tries to escape she will die, either by the elements or by the soldiers guarding the reformatory school.

I honestly don’t know what I think of this book. I love the futuristic aspects of the story, but I don’t feel a connection to any of the characters. I think that the change over from what we have now to what they are talking about in the book would cause some major fights and issues and that most women wouldn’t stand for it. I just don’t think the author really put everything into the situation that this society would have had to endure to get to where they are now. For one there wouldn’t be many women left since all of the feminists around the US would never have stood by letting this happen. I think its just a bit too unrealistic for me to buy, but if you can put all that aside then I think its yet another dystopian futuristic novel where all hope is lost.