Series: Article 5, #3
Author: Kristen Simmons
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence.
And all that’s left is smoking ruins.
Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the only thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.
With their high profile, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amidst the ruins of abandoned cities as they follow the tracks down the coast, eventually finding refugees from the destroyed safe house. Among them is someone from Chase’s past—someone he never thought he’d see again.
Banding together, they search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about…a settlement that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a tiny ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run.
Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance at telling the world her story.
At fighting back.
This is by far one of my favorite dystopian series. It was a wonderful and enjoyable ride into a world that was quite grim and utterly frightening at times. Simmons created characters that defied the odds, held true depth in them because of their flaws and mistakes, but made them admirable because of their determination. She wove a beautiful and heartfelt romance that was laced so perfectly throughout the grim and despairing parts of the books. And she warped up the final installment of the Article 5 series wonderfully.
I think Three was probably the most intense book out of the series, the action was so gripping and left me, at times, waiting with bated breath. Once I started reading, it was so hard to put this book down. The punches kept coming for the characters, and at times it felt like no hope was coming, but each obstacle the characters overcame it. That was something I just loved about this series."I'm asking these people to fight. To die, maybe."He rocked back on his heels, staring at my hands, small in his."You're more than you," he said. "You're them. If people fight, it's because your story could just as easily be theirs."
Chase and Ember have grown so much by this book, and I was so happy so see them overcome all the odds and obstacles that they have faced together. The insecurities that were holding them back finally get conquered. These two together make a wonderful and strong duo and no matter what they faced, or what grievances lay between them, they stick together. Chase finally overcomes the decisions he had made in the past and the pain he put Ember through. I was so happy to see him overcome that and show more of who he was. Ember really grew and finally stepped up, and used her experiences to fight and save others. And of course, I love their romance! They are one of my favorite couples.
I enjoyed the side characters as well. I loved getting more of Sean and Becca. I enjoyed the other characters that slowly get introduced and though not all survived, I enjoyed them and hurt when they died. Simmons really did create a wide range of amazing characters.
Though I did figure out a few of the events that slowly unfolded, it didn’t take anything away from the story. The book also held great emotional depth, just like the other two, but this one was more intense and gripping in a way, most likely due to how intense the plot moved. Everything came to a boiling head fiercely and kept me enthralled.
“He smiled - that small, secret smile he saved just for me.”
I think Three was by far the best in the series. It wrapped up so nicely; a perfect ending for Chase and Ember. And I know I will pick this re-read this series when I’m missing the characters and want to be wrapped up in their world once again.