New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.
The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.
There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.
Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.
Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.
That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.
I’m going to keep this review short and sweet because I do not have the best feelings about this book. I am meeting this author at the end of the month so when I saw the audiobook, I thought I would give it a listen to see if I was interested in buying a copy and getting it signed. I am not in fact interested in that.
The only thing I liked about this story was the world. I thought the dystopian setting was really unique and interesting. I really enjoyed the Hunger Games esq idea of a totalitarian government.
I didn’t like the characters. Ember was immature and annoying. For a girl that lives in this wild setting, she really has absolutely no idea what the hell is going on. Then there’s Chase. He’s the typical brooding guy that keeps secrets because it’s “what’s best” for Ember.
The whole plot of this book was finding Ember’s mother and rescuing her. Which we find out is pointless in the last 25% of the story and I almost just stopped listening there, but I had such a short amount of time left I just powered through.
I will not be continuing this series sadly, but I am giving this author another try with a different book. I own a copy of a different book written by Kristen Simmons that I will be reading before I meet her. So hopefully I like the characters better in this other book.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.