Once again, thank you to Pinoy Book Tours and to Alexis of Tor Teen for this wonderful opportunity to review Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons, the much anticipated sequel to Article 5. The short version? I love every bit of Breaking Point to Pluto and back again. That much. Check thy eyebags for proof.
Title: Breaking Point (Article 5 #2)
Author: Kristen Simmons
Date of Publication: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
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?
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, Kristen, for writing such a wonderful novel. I’m warning you, this review just might sound like me spazzing all over the place. I might get incoherent or talk in exclamation marks but that’s how this novel made me feel. I read it yesterday and had to restrain writing this review for fear that I might just do exactly this. I guess even a day won’t be enough to calm me down. You’ve been warned.
So at the end of Article 5, there was an extract from Breaking Point’s first chapter. I usually shy away from those previews because if you know me, I HATE WAITING. I’d rather wait for the whole book than be given one chapter to go crazy over. But alas, the Article 5 series was different. I read the excerpt and wanted more. Of course, I am lucky to have Breaking Point already but I left it at my house in the province. Yes, I left it because I know I’ll get distracted by it if I bring it to the dorm. I had exams and papers and everything you can think of and I don’t have the time to read Breaking Point until everything’s over. The next week, I brought Breaking Point at my boarding house but hid it until all exams are over, all papers turned in. But tiredness got the better of me and so I was only able to read it the next day. And boy, I didn’t stop even for bathroom breaks. (Okay, Dianne, stop now, that’s too much information.)
Breaking Point picks up right after Article 5. Ember and Chase had a fake sense of calm in the end of Article 5. Of course, they’re together now but they’re still bogged down by everything said and unsaid. Breaking Point starts off with a little bit of introduction to the gameplayers and I was frantic at that point. I don’t want introductions, I want more action. I was being cranky then because I can’t wait to know what happens next! And cranky me is the ugliest thing ever. Haha! Anyway, I was rewarded in a while as THE ACTION WAS NON-STOP. I though Article 5 was chock-full of action but boy was I wrong. Breaking Point is the bomb. My brain sometimes found it hard to keep pace with my eyes and my hands as I read the words and as I flip the pages.
Kristen brought the plot to where it’s truly headed but that did not make anything predictable. While I thought some of the twists and turns in Article 5 were pretty much predictable, Breaking Point had me on the edge of my seat. It also had me pacing while reading. I think that’s too much, Kristen, making me go through that. But I thank you nevertheless because the adrenaline that flowed in my system while reading this rivaled those times I went to height rides. So gripping, so fast-paced, I keep wanting more and Breaking Point keeps on giving more. My expectations were met and surpassed.
I know my review of Article 5 was painfully long because I had a lot to say. My review of Breaking Point will be much shorter as I just wanna scream at the top of my lungs how awesome it is and shove it to everyone for them to read. Yeap, my roomies will never hear the end of my praise for this series until they give it a go. Heh.
If movies and TV shows usually have a lackluster sequel or second season, books generally have better general outings. With this series, not just better but mindblowingly good. I won’t spoil because the fun is in not knowing what’s gonna happen. Just expect a thrilling ride of a read. You won’t be disappointed. Kristen, you did it again! I can’t wait for the third book!
About Kristen Simmons
Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She loves Jazzercise, her husband, and her precious greyhound, Rudy. Also chocolate. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida.