SciFi Book Review: Breaking Point

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

After faking their deaths to escape from prison in Article 5, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed. Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion….

Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself. Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways. With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

Ember and Chase’s relationship has developed into love. And the two have become inseparable. Hiding out with the Resistance has given them a chance to slow down and breathe. But when a sniper begins killing FBR soldiers, the Resistance decides to make Ember their poster child and the suspense amps up yet again.

This is the second installment in the Article 5 dystopian trilogy, with just as much suspense and excitement as before. Fast-paced with never a dull moment, this sequel was impossible to put down. Their journey takes them on a roller-coaster ride of danger and drama. Events culminate with a satisfying, climactic conclusion. Yet, a mild cliffhanger left me eager for the final installment in the series.