Saturday, February 15, 2014

Review: Three by Kristen Simmons


Release Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Tor Teen
Article 5 Book #3
ISBN:   0765329603
ISBN13: 9780765329608
Genre: Dystopian/YA
Review Copy Source: Netgalley

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.
*Warning-Spoilers for Breaking Point*

It has been a long and bumpy road. A lot of lives lost; loved ones, friends, enemies and even more are lost in THREE. Just when they thought their journey was almost over they find the refuge they have been fighting towards bombed and abandoned. Reviewing the final book in a series is always really hard. What more could possibly be said about the characters or the world? What can I really say without giving away something important having to do with book 3.

A lot of things come to a head in THREE. We meet a lot of new characters, including a family member of Chase's. I truly didn't like this person until the very end and then I wished things would have gone differently. We finally meet the mastermind behind the resistance and they were nothing like I thought they would be. Chase and Ember's relationship progresses quite a bit. They become closer, share special moments and take their relationship even farther than it already has gone. If you didn't know before you will see how much they love each other in THREE.

I wasn't particularly shocked with everything that happened in THREE and I felt some things didn't play out in a pace that I would have liked but there were some truly heart pounding moments. I feel that all of the lose ends were tied up nicely and the characters that made it to the end truly have a chance to thrive in the world they were left in. The Article 5 series quickly climbed my list of dystopian favorites and I am left feeling satisfied by everything that has happened in the end.  What more can you ask for?

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.