Article 5 #2
By: Kristen Simmons
Release Date: Feb 2nd
Publisher: Tor Teen
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?
ONE QUESTION WITH KRISTEN
Beyond your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite book and why? And what is your favorite book outside of your genre?
I have many favorite books, and often they change based on what I’m reading at the moment (I’m so finicky like that!), but if I had to pick an all time favorite, I’d have to say Frankenstein, which makes several appearances in Article 5.
It’s one of the best books ever (in my humble opinion!). Ember reads it in high school English before the Federal Bureau of Reformation deems it Contraband and puts it on the Banned Books List. It’s a story that resonated with her from the first read – not because it’s about monsters with bolts sticking out of the sides of their heads, but because it’s about how people live with the bad things that happen to them. It very much relates to Chase’s recovery from the trauma he’s endured.
In Mary Shelley’s story, Dr. Frankenstein creates a human from scraps of other corpses, believing that he is doing something brilliant and beautiful when really he’s setting a danger loose on the known world. His creation, on the other hand, comes to life innocent, and only after constant rejection becomes that which everyone thinks him to be: a monster.
The concepts may have been written two hundred years ago, but for Ember and Chase, they still ring true. Frankenstein is a book for anyone who screws up given the best intentions, who wrestles shame and fear, who keeps secrets. Anyone who starts to believe the crap other people say about them. But also anyone who finds beauty in human connection, and who longs for peace and the ability to rectify their mistakes, even when things seem hopeless.
ABOUT KIRTEN SIMMONS
Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband Jason and their precious greyhound Rudy in Tampa, Florida
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