Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Title: Breaking Point (Article 5 #2)
Author: Kristen Simmons
Edition: Hardback
Published: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 398
Source: Finished copy provided by the publisher
Category: Dystopia, Romance
Trailer: Here.

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?
Breaking Point is action-filled.

When everything you once had has been taken away from you, how would you go on? Ember Miller is lamenting over her mother's death and now added to the Most Wanted. She needs to fight for the cause she believes in no matter how much loss she copes with. She has to choose whether to just hide of fight.

I think Breaking Point is way better than the first novel. I loved how action-filled this sequel is and how Simmons expounded everything in this one. Knowing that war is on, I easily get goosebumps whenever I picture this cruel world and how difficult it could be to just survive. I loved that part of the novel because I expect so much from any dystopian novels and that part is very vivid here.

Ember changed. The way she progressed to someone responsible and mature took me by surprise. I didn't agree with her at some point during the first novel yet her, she proved she could handle herself. Though I hated how she feels sympathy for those people responsible for her loved one's death that easily. I hated how she treats Chase and I hate how Chase let her treat him like that. Though Chase is a good character, what highlighted my fascination with him is the truth behind his stubborness: he loves Ember so much and he's in so much pain. One can only handle so much right. Oh, who would forget that one annoying, irritating and disturbing character Tucker? I wanted to see more from him and I hope, book three would have plenty of him.

I wasn't much impressed with Breaking Point but as I've said, I loved the fact that its an action-filled novel. The world and characters have changed so much to what best suits a dystopian novel and I enjoyed reading it!

Thank you so so much Alexis from Tor Teen for providing a finished copy!

"And one more thing, I have never loved one single thing in my life more than you. You were worth living for, and Ember, you were worth dying for." (Ember's Mother)


  1. Just like the first book, Article 5, Breaking Point is a book you can't put down. Once you are quickly attached to the characters, you can't wait to see what happens next. This fast paced novel will have you question everything and appreciate what you have.

    Charmaine Smith (Seattle IT Consulting)


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