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Review and #Giveaway: Three (Article 5 #3) by Kristen Simmons

Review and #Giveaway: Three (Article 5 #3) by Kristen Simmons

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Review and #Giveaway: Three (Article 5 #3) by Kristen SimmonsThree by Kristen Simmons
Series: Article 5, #3
Published by: Tor Teen on 2/11/2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Blog Tour

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Kristen Simmons' fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series continues in Three.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.







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THREE is the face-paced finale to the Article 5 dystopian trilogy. Picking up shortly after the heartbreaking events in Breaking Point, we find out beloved characters making the best out of a dire situation. After regrouping and following a trail they hope will lead them to something they so desperately crave – other people, food, hope – the story dives into a massive train ride of twists, turns, revelations and non-stop action until you reach the end. THREE is a great story of trusting, friendships, love, loss and determination. Simmons crafted a great conclusion to a bitter, realistic world.


We were a girl and a boy exploring a haunted house. A kiss in the woods. A ride on a motorcycle. We were walking to school. Whispering across the space between our houses. Pulling hay from each other’s hair. We were pieces of the same puzzle. (Ember page 360 paperback)


What can I say without giving away spoilers? Not very much aside from reassurance that readers will not be disappointed in THREE or how the trilogy wraps up. There is so much SWOON. So many tiny instances of love shown between Chase and Ember that my heart cracked a little each time they’d get so close to happy, to freedom, and to each other only to have those moments stolen. But in the end, it’s characters like these, a love like this, and a story like the one woven in the Article 5 trilogy that makes reading about heartache worthwhile.


Jesse’s words returned to me from Endurance: “When a government becomes destructive, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.” (Page 367 paperback)


The quality of Simmons story is impressive. I think the one thing that draws me into her world is the realism. Not to get all political in a review, but as the above quote symbolizes, people can make a change. Stand up against a governing body and alter the course of their future. This is what Ember’s story is all about. Making choices good or bad about your life, your freedom, your liberties, and standing up for what you believe in. I can’t express how deeply I enjoyed the last 100 or so pages of THREE. There were a few time I really cringed when people died but then Ember or someone would remind me of why they died, the sacrifice they’d made, and my heart swelled a little with pride.


Overall, THREE is an amazing conclusion. Every page left me feeling more anxious, more hopeful, and more excited for things yet to come for these characters. Yes there is sadness but underneath the sadness is an inspiring resilience and a lot of heart. One that I’m glad I was able to be a part of.



My Rating


rate 4

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Edible Quote:

I placed my hand on it again. This time he stilled.

“I know it’s from the MM.” I felt the rough skin, the ridges, tracing the map of his body. And waited.

“Two months in I tried to run.”  A hint of a smile touched his lips. “There was this girl at home. The kind that made you want to try.” His smile melted. “I got caught in a fence. Then I got caught by a guard.” (Page 50 paperback)




Powerful Quote:

“Think you could kill me? Shouted the chief, the sweat dripping from his face. “Me? The arrogance.” He struck Jesse’s side. “The ego.” A strike on his hip. “I have the president on my side.” Crack. “I have reformation on my side.” Crack. “I have God on my side.” He fell back a step, the exhaustion clear in his body. “What do you have? Nothing.” (Page 350 paperback)








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3 Winners Will Receive a Copy of THREE

1 Winner Will Receive a Audio CD of Breaking Point

 1 Winner Will Receive a Chinese Copy of Article 5

1 Winner Will Receive a German Copy of Breaking Point

5 Winners Will Receive a Chase Art Bookmark


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About Kristen Simmons

Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She loves Jazzercise, her husband, and her precious greyhound, Rudy. Also chocolate. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida.