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Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

4.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
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?

My Review
Breaking Point picks up where Article 5 left off. Chase and Ember are now safely within the confines of the Resistance, where they’re trying to decide how  much, if at all, they want to be involved with the cause.

Ember has her sights set on rescuing Becca, the girl from the reformatory school she feels responsible for.  Chase has his sights set on keeping Ember safe. As always with these two, their goals are in conflict with one another and sparks fly.

While I didn’t enjoy this book as much as Article 5, it’s a good read and worth getting. It ‘s fast-paced, gripping, has plenty of angsty drama, and some really sweet and tender moments between Ember and Chase.

Plot
Generally, the plot was pretty good. It moved at a good pace, had strong conflict and more than a few surprises. Overall, it felt darker than Article 5 and that’s saying something but I haven’t decided yet if that’s a good thing. I also wasn’t wild about the ending, but only because it didn’t feel riveting enough. It’s setting us for book three, but it didn’t leave me on the edge, counting down until the last book the way Catching Fire or Insurgent did.

I also found some of the plot points unclear. I don’t fully understand what the FBR is all about. On the one hand, they’re trying to morally cleanse the country, but at the same time, they’re providing paid escorts to the soldiers. It makes me think something other than morality is at the root of what they’re up to.

Characters
As always, Kristen Simmons characters are authentic, well-developed, and deep. Ember is far more likeable in Breaking Point than she was in Article 5 and Chase is still swoonworthy and then some. I even find myself almost, but not quite, liking Tucker. New characters are equally intriguing, from Wallace and Billy to the hilarious Marco and Polo. And since I wanted to name my twin boys Marco and Polo (shot down by my husband), I’m immediately drawn to this duo.

Bottom Line
Breaking Point delivers, even without some of the things that made Article 5 so riveting. I give it four and half out of five stars and highly recommend the series.

Title: Breaking Point
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 401
Category: Teen and Young Adult, Dystopian
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
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