Monday, June 3, 2013

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons Review

"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?"

The second book in the series. I felt that a recap in the beginning would have been useful. For many parts of the book I was clueless until I remember the events that happened in the first book. It was about halfway when I just decided to pull out Wikipedia and just search for Article 5, the first book in the series.

Ember Miller and several other people have a Code One on their heads. Code One says that any person that is suspicious of being Ember Miller or the other four persons can be fired at by citizens or soldiers on suspicion alone. Harsh, huh?

Ember Miller... badass in this book. Suspected as the sniper. Young. Beautiful. Active. Intelligent. Semi-athletic. And kind. I love Ember. When she made her choice whether or not to take the sniper's mantle, I cheered for her all the way. I love her strong and weak moments. The weak moments I love more because it reminds me that humans at one point are weak. It makes Ember seem a little more human.

Chase... He's still hot in this book. His sugarness and toughness are two sweet features of his character that make him so hot. (CHASE, TELL THE WORLD IF YOU BREAK UP WITH EMBER!) A little more of his past is revealed in Breaking Point. Every piece makes him seem more vulnerable and easier to love. Chase is like Jace from The Mortal Instruments. Not as hot as Jace, but still noticeable. Chase is very protective of Ember Miller yet also a little shattered inside. He wants to be safe. However Ember's mind will usually fight against him.

Tucker... He's an annoying character. He's also helpful, but I always remind myself of the fact that Tucker killed Lori Whitman, Ember Miller's lawbreaking mother. If Ember hated him really badly, she should just shoot him. Not keep him around begging for more.

The flashbacks... Oooo! My favorite parts! The flashbacks of Ember's past are the most enjoyable parts of the Breaking Point. Each flashback brings a whole new meaning of Breaking Point. Flashbacks are the strongest weapons of Breaking Point. They are moments of peace. Of what little joy Ember had in her life. Of harmony. Of the sense of normal.

The plot... I like the plot. It's even better than Article 5.

The writing really flow. It was easy to understand.

The action... Lots of action. Most of the actions were cool and easy to understand like the writing and the plot. Ember's POV wasn't enough, though. We need Chase's too.

The ending... You have to leave us like that, Ms. Simmons? That is not cool. You can't give us a cliffhanger like that. So not cool.

The rating of this book is four out of five.

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