Review: Breaking Point (Article 5 #2) by Kristen Simmons

February 11, 2013 ARC, Article 5, Book Review, Breaking Point, Dystopian, Kristen Simmons, Tor Teen, YA, Young Adult 24

Publication Date: February 12th 2013

From Goodreads:

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?

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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!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

24 Responses to “Review: Breaking Point (Article 5 #2) by Kristen Simmons”

  1. Lyra

    Ohmygosh those excerpts are just HOT!
    I loved Chase in the latter parts of Article 5, and I’m excited to know that he’s as amazing as ever in this sequel.
    Great review, and I can’t wait to dive into my copy! 🙂

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

  2. starryeyedjen

    Dude, I kind of just skimmed this review because I’m in the middle of reading/listening to Article 5 right now and don’t want to spoil anything for myself, but I’m glad it sounds like this sequel is just as good as the first book. As of right now, I still hate Chase, but it was because of everyone’s praise for him that made me read this in the first place, so I’m sure that’ll change. Hopefully sooner rather than later. 🙂

  3. Wendy Darling

    Okay, I stopped reading the review where you said to because I haven’t read the first one yet, hah. But I hear good things about this series! If you gave #2 5 stars, that’s a very good sign, since so many books get bogged down with middle book syndrome.

    Glad you enjoyed. 🙂

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  4. Traci @ The Reading Geek

    Great review! I’m so excited for this one because I can’t wait to read what will happen next! I loved Article 5. Love the quotes you included in your review! Also definitely going to try to reread Article 5 before picking this one up now that you mentioned it.

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      It is a great idea! I wish I did, just to refresh some of the details. It’s tough in Dystopians with the world building, to remember everything and keep track of what facts go with which book.

  5. Sel

    Okay, that scene was totally hot *fans self* Looks like Chase is a swoon-worthy male lead that I’d have to check out! Article 5 has just moved places up on TBR list 🙂

  6. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    I know a lot of people love this series but I HATE dystopians! The only reason I read Shatter Me a couple of weeks ago was because I had no idea it was a dystopian. (Loved that book BTW).
    The last dystopian I’ve read before that was Black City back in November. I am hesitant and extremely picky with the few dystopians I do read. They have to have a STRONG romance plot in them to keep me interested.
    Loved your review though and glad to know you loved this book!

  7. Sierra

    I cannot wait for this book to get into my hands 🙂 I was lucky enough to grab Article 5 to reread (sometime this week hopefully) so I can refresh. I’m finding I need to do that a lot now 😛 Thanks for the review, I’m dying to be turned into goo now 🙂 Sierra
    Keep growing beautiful!

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