Friday, February 07, 2014

THREE by Kristen Simmons::Review


Back Blurb:

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.

My Review:

Movie Rating: PG-16 for language, violence, and sexuality
Book Rating: @@@
Swearing: 2 or 3 uses of d**n
Inappropriate Scenes: one undescribed sex scene (author did not go into detail)
# of Pages: 380 (hardcover)
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Tor Teen

*this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

Captivating. A stunning, non-stop read that will have you on pins and needles the whole time. Meet Ember Miller. Victim of an Article 5 violation, which states that 1 whole family is a man, a woman, and a child/children.
Pros: A fascinating and well-written plot that will keep you gasping in shock at the turn of every page. 
     I had the pleasure of reading Article 5 but had not the pleasure of reading the middle book of this trilogy, Breaking Point. Three was written with such clarity that I had no trouble understanding what had happened in Breaking Point. Main characters were well-developed, but there were so many minor characters I had a hard time keeping up with them.
Cons: Basically, it was only 2 things that made me give this book 3 stars. (two stars lost for the two things that bothered me) One, was the sex scene. How can I promote my blog as a child-friendly blog when I review books with sex in them? Two, the author made a statement about Three being about an extremist right-wing  government. Perhaps, it would do Kristen Simmons good to realize that her fan-base includes right-wing extremists. Is it such a bad thing to live morally?

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