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Three: Article 5    by Kristen Simmons order for
by Kristen Simmons
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Tor, 2014 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Three is the third in Kristen Simmons' YA dystopian series that opened with Article 5 and continued in Breaking Point (I somehow missed the latter but was able to work out what happened as I read). The series is set in a near future America where the Bill of Rights has been replaced with Moral Statutes, and the rule of law by military control, under orders from the Federal Bureau of Reformation.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller has long loved the boy next door, Chase Jennings, and was upset when he was drafted into the military. In Article 5, Ember and her mother were arrested because she was born out of wedlock. Ember's mother died, but Chase eventually rescued Ember. They have been on the run ever since, working with resistance forces, with repeated captures and hair-raising escapes.

In Three, they discover that the resistance movement is not a unified one; that different groups have very different goals and approaches; and that someone within these movements is betraying them to government forces. Chase is reunited with his uncle Jesse. and Jesse's back story is gradually revealed. Tucker continues to drop in and out of their lives, and is eventually forced to make a hard choice between duty and friendship.

Ember comes up with a plan to start the revolution, and executes it - but her plan did not include bombing innocents. Throughout the story, Ember and Chase struggle with their feelings for each other, and their angst about violent actions they have taken, and how those have changed them. Chase tells her 'You'd be surprised what you'll do when you think there's no tomorrow'. Ember fears losing Chase forever - will she?

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