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Article 5

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Author: Kristen Simmons
Series: Article 5 #1
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Dates Read: March 3-6, 2012

Rating: ★★★★½ 

This is the fastest I’ve read a book in a while. The main reason for that being that it was one of those books that you cannot put down once you get to a certain point in the story. I was glued to the book, I read most of it on my busiest day of the week, but I have two breaks of a substantial amount of time where I literally sat on a bench for hours, reading. The world-building was enough to figure out what’s going on, but I would love to get the whole backstory in the next book. I see that that was a main complaint from other readers, but I felt like Simmons gave us enough history of her world that we weren’t totally lost, but still left some to be explored in later books (this is a trilogy, after all). And the angst, oh the angst. Imagine that the person you had only started to express your true feelings for had to leave, and when you saw them next, they were totally different. You’d have to separate them into two people, almost, and deal with how different a person they’d become. But then, sometimes you’d get a glimpse of the old them, and feelings would rush up at you like a brick wall. That’s basically what happens several times to Ember regarding Chase. Therefore, ANGST. Their story of survival kept me glued to my seat for hours reading, and my only regret is that I have to wait until January to find out what happens next!!!
The other reason that I read this book so fast was that the day I finished it, the author, Kristen Simmons, was in town at a local bookstore to discuss and sign Article 5. I had never been to a book signing before, having had to miss when Richelle Mead came here last year (I’m still mad about that). I am glad, though, that my first book signing was a smaller one from a debut author. It had a much more friendly atmosphere, which combined with Simmons’ personality very well. She talked a lot about her long journey to publication, and had a very positive “don’t give up” message. I also found it very interesting that she is a mental health advocate, striving to make mental health and illness something that people aren’t ashamed to talk about. People very close to me have been on medicine for clinical depression, and some were very ashamed of it. Some were even ridiculed because of it, when it’s a medical condition that they can’t help. So I definitely empathized with her being a mental health advocate because of this, and also because you can see her expertise on mental health in her characters.

7hir7een I got our books signed, and we also got a picture with her! She looks super cute, but true to fashion, we look a bit awkward. Oh well. Overall, it was a super cool experience. I can’t wait for more authors to come here, hint hint. ;)

Happy reading, and good eating!

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