On to book 2 of the Article 5 Trilogy. What is the real name for this trilogy? I will have to look it up. Later: I looked it up and it is the Article 5 Trilogy. Almost like these naming conventions are based on the first book in the series. Onwards!
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Breaking Point by Kirsten Simmons
Synopsis From The Book
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.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
After the first one, I know that this book is either going to make or break the series for me. The second book often does. That’s because the second book is designed as the connection between first and third. Depending on what happens here, determines what happens in the third. As such, this could go horribly or wonderfully! I hope it goes wonderfully with no unnecessary drama.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
I suppose this is a good transition into the last book. To be honest I am a bit in the dark by who the person turning them in is. Typically by this point, I have the twists figured out. It was a good sequel. I need to know the ending of it and I have no idea when that will be.
This book follows Ember’s life in the resistance. At first it’s with Wallace’s resistance and the mysterious sniper who is killing officers. Then she leaves there with Sean to go to Rebecca (Sean’s GF). They find out Beth is running a safe house (Ember’s old best friend). They get up to Chicago, to another resistance team. That team gets bombed. They save Rebecca and go to the main resistance safe house to find it destroyed. Someone is selling them out, but who?
What I Liked:
Elaboration on the Evil; we got more on what happened for the war. We got more on who might have started it. We got a suspected why (greed). This is all I asked for. Thanks I can die happy. Now tear this baby down.
Continuation of Characters; Ember in general did not change much over the course of this novel. Can I blame her? It wasn’t much time. She is getting herself involved in some very stupid stuff. And I swear if she forgives Tucker… Chase on the other hand, shows his PTSD. Shows what he is going through. Is tearing himself up for falling in sync with Tucker again. I do adore him. I also adore their relationship of trust in each other. Thanks.
Tucker; In book one he was little more than a monster. In fact, now, he’s still little more than a monster but he’s evolving. He was the one who killed Ember’s mother when Chase couldn’t. He got discharge and joined the rebellion. Can I say I trust him? No he sketch. However, I don’t totally hate him. ember should still not forgive him, even if he wasn’t the reason. He still pulled the trigger and tried to hurt her and Chase later like… Well I guess I do like redemption arcs. Let’s see what book three holds.
New characters; We got a few of them and they were darling for the time they were in this book. This book series doesn’t hold on to most of the characters outside Ember, Chase, Sean, and Rebecca, for very long (Tucker now too).
The idea of the chosen one; The sniper exists. Ember is not that person. However she has begun to take on that role. I am interested in where this will lead.
PTSD; Every time Chase breaks down, I am reminded by how much trauma he was placed through to be broken by the government. Its good to have this in here because Chase is not some macho super soldier (well he is) he’s a macho super soldier who has been mental bent and bruised. I like how this is addressed. I’m interested to see how it will be addressed from here on out.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
A map of their journey. It feels like they are driving all over the united states in like a few days time and I’ve done that drive. It takes time, although, I suppose they aren’t stopping at night. Still it’s a lot of driving.
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