Alright here we go, a dystopian series review! How lovely! The second one of this massive, completion event of October. I hope you are all having a beautifully lovely day. I am doing my best!
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
Article 5 Trilogy by Kirsten Simmons
What I Liked:
Ember; I liked her for a main character. I could empathize with her well enough. Is she my favorite female protag? No. Do I still care for her? Yes. I enjoyed reading her story.
Chase; I really did love him, and loved how his PTSD was addressed and explored. This series did a great job of handling that for him, I feel. I’m so happy he ended up happy.
Tucker; I liked seeing his redemption struggle and I liked that in the end it wasn’t okay. It never was okay, and his ending wasn’t exactly satisfying. He was human, and he made mistakes and choices that led him to where he ended up. Were they right? Probably not, but he made those choices and I respect that.
Ember and Chase; I really liked their relationship for this series. The fact that they fought for each other was what really got me. I loved how they loved each other, respected each other, and listened. It was very nice. They didn’t doubt the other, and kept helping, and that alone made me root for them above all else.
Three; I like how it was three very different men, acting as one to get the world to change. I also like how none of them were perfect, how they all made massive mistakes. I like that they were grey in many, many different ways. I respected this, and them, even if I didn’t like all of them. It was a realistic resistance group, in that way.
Government/FBR; We saw them be evil, do evil things, and get destroyed. They added depth to the evil, by the evil acts committed and I respected that. I saw the evil build up and then get torn down and I was satisfied.
General Plot; Its your standard dystopian novel. But what I think this one does well, is that it addresses the trauma that comes with a lot of the dystopian aspects, as well as how hard things are to change. People are human and things did not turn out as perfect.
Writing; I really enjoyed this writing style. It was easy to read and easy to keep track of. However, I feel what really got me was that I trusted Tucker as Ember did. I shouldn’t have but I did. That’s good writing for me at least.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
I still would have liked a map of exactly where they were and when. I know it in my mind, but I don’t want to plot it out to see full distances. Having it would have been cool.
Why You Should Read:
It’s your standard dystopian novel. I’d read it for the evil of the government, and for the relationship of Ember and Chase. I don’t think that there is anything specific that this book series does that is vividly different than all other series I’ve read. For that reason I’d say, read as you want. It’s not revolutionary, but it was good.
Time Taken To Read
3 days, 5hr 40min