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Living with her rebellious single mother, it's hard for her to forget that people weren't always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It's hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different. Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings... the only boy Ember has ever loved.
While this was a good book, I found that it didn't answer some crucial questions. What happened to the world that you can get arrested for reading Frankenstein? Dystopian can be a hard genre to write, and I think this book did an alright job. Written more for girls, you will probably become outright furious at males for awhile after this. I thoroughly enjoyed Ember's mother because she did what she wanted, she had lived her whole life how we do now and was not going to give it up. All in all it depends on whether you enjoy dystopian fiction or not which will determine if you like the book.
- Sarah, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer
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