Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blog Tour (Review): Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Welcome to my stop of Breaking Point Philippine blog tour hosted by Pinoy Book Tours! I'm so excited to share my thoughts about the second installment of Article 5 trilogy. Wanna know why? Read on... ;)

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons, hardback edition cover
Breaking Point
by Kristen Simmons

Series: Article 5 #2
Editions available: Hardback, ebook, Kindle
Published February 12th 2013 by Tor Teen
Source: Publisher through Pinoy Book Tours (tour host)

Blurb (Goodreads):
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 Thoughts:

I was looking forward in reading this book. If you'd ask me (again) how I felt about Article 5, I'd honestly say that I was disappointed in it. But there's something about it, the ending, the characters, or their world pushed my Curiosity button that made me want to read Breaking Point.

I was hesitant in reading it first. I don't know if I should really continue this series since the first book disappointed me, but I kept on reading and reading til I was lost in the world of Chase and Ember and Resistance and Government once again.

Ember Miller is broken because of her mother's death. But she tried to remain strong and fearless for her and Chase's safety, even for the people who she started to grew fond of. Chase somehow pulled off the cold mask he's been wearing during the first book and showed how much he still cares about Ember. I began to finally know him better, now that he lowered his guard to his personal feelings. He appeared to be charming, thoughtful and caring person. I also finally saw his heroism--his concern for Ember and his fight for the truth and freedom. As I continue reading, I fell into these characters and appreciate them even more.

I also began to like the new/supporting characters like Billy and Wallace, even if they didn't much appeared on this book. I felt their love for each other--their family--and these are just some things on this book that made it feel like it was real. That it was not just running away and fighting back. There's also love and caring for each other.

One certain character from the Article 5--which will remain unnamed just to be clear of spoilers, and must be found out by you--appeared again on this book. I'd say that I was happy to see him again (not that I liked him or something; he's so mean!) because he was like a gasoline added to the spark Breaking Point has created, til it flamed and become more dangerous, yet more brighter. Powerful.

I was so absorbed in reading this book that it took me a little break to realize that I'm loving the faster pace it has become, the unstoppable ground-breaking scenes, and more interesting and mysterious the story has been. It was like riding a roller coaster, without being aware of it til you feel the rush and the little your breath has become from holding it. I knew Breaking Point will be better but I wasn't aware that it will be THIS good. I was awestruck and god, you can't imagine how my heart pounded and my breath catches everytime I turn the pages. Yes, it's full of surprises and action that I really don't want to drop the book for a while, if not for my major exams. This book exceeded my expectations. If the first book quite disappointed me, this book gave me more than I could ever think of. Really Wow-worthy.

The romance, which I kind of not liked on the first book, made me love it this time. Chase's and Ember's moments together are limited but when they come closer and think of each other, it's like I was also being electrified.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who loved fast-paced and action-packed  dystopian with the right romance. If you have the same issues with me on the first book, drop it and read this book. I promise, it's sooo much better. I loved it!

Check out my review for the first book, Article 5.
Thanks to Tor Teen for providing individual (hardback) review copies to the tour participants! 


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