Publication Date: February 12th 2013
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?
Once again Kristen Simmons delivers an action packed novel in this amazing sequel!
I will keep this short because, well, I don’t want to spoil anything. If you have not read the first installment, Article 5, stop reading this review and go pick it up now! This sequel takes place shortly after the first book ends. Chase and Ember are thought to be dead by the government. They remain hidden in a safe house, working with the resistance. Ember’s primary goal is to find Rebecca, a girl who helped her escape the Girls’ Reformatory and Rehabilitation Center. Add in all of these twists and turns, as well as old enemies popping up, and you have one novel that was hard to put down!
Ember is dealing with a lot of emotions. She is in mourning, hurt, confused, angry, scared, but also very determined to help those who helped her. Chase was a saint for putting up with Ember because she had the tendency to take her frustrations and anger out on him. I think that is a huge reason I love his character so very much. He is so empathetic and sincere. And SWOONY! GAH! That was literally all my notes said about him. He was so capable of leaving me in a pile of goo. And multiple times.
“I remember you used to like to be kissed here,” he said, voice thick. “Do you still?”
I squeezed my eyes closed and kissed him with that kind of pressure, begging him to make me forget, to feel anything beyond this bottomless, irreconcilable black hole that had torn opened inside of me. His teeth skimmed my jaw, nipped my ear, and the groan he drew from my throat made his own breath stutter. He crushed me against him then, closer, impossibly close, scooting to the edge of the chair. I thought he meant to lead us to the bed, but he paused, and in those damp, trembling moments, something between us shifted.
THUD. And there is so much more of that, I promise!
Part of what made this book so great for me was the complexity of all the characters, including the secondary. Every person had their own situation and secrets. I had no idea who to trust and was wary of seemingly everyone Ember and Chase came into contact with. It made the read that much more exciting!
On a whole, I thought Breaking Point was an excellent sophomore novel, which sets us up for the last installment wonderfully! My only wish was that I thought to re-read Article 5 real fast to refresh my memory, but I think fans of this series will not be disappointed!