Book Review: Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons
SERIES. Article 5
RELEASE DATE. February 12, 2013
PAGES. 400
FORMAT. Hardcover
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE/S. Dystopia, Romance
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SYNOPSIS. The second installment in Kristen Simmons’s fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series.

After faking their deaths to escape from prison, 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?

THOUGHTS. All at once, Breaking Point had me on complete attention without even the tiniest doubts and care if this sequel surpassed or attained what the first book had. All I wanted was to devour it in a flash with a sole reason in mind: to experience the cinematic and hyperventilating feeling all over again. And Breaking Point did not disappoint me at all.

Perfectly titled, Simmons ups the stakes and expands the world with the second installment to her brilliantly terrifying dystopian world making Breaking Point twice the wow its predecessor had given me. There’s never a dull moment in Breaking Point: tensions are higher, trepidations are all over the pages, and dangers are closer than ever. In other words, there’s no denying that I was in constant excitement every time I turned the pages.

But that excitement is not even enough to define everything about Breaking Point.

The characters of Ember and Chase are brought back to life with a more intriguing and more engrossing premise. There are more unexpected turn of events involve and more unpredictable developments as their characters hurtle through the core of an uprising. And as they come closer to it, secrets and lies slowly unmasks by each passing page as readers try to guess and weight between who the real allies are and who are not.

Despite the heavy and fast-paced plot, I love how Simmons beautifully brought the romantic plot slowly and steadily without losing the main objective of the story and also providing some touch of normality between all the action and cruelty. Unlike in Article 5, the integrated flashbacks now focus more of Ember and Chase’s love story with still few memories about Ember’s mother making the novel more upsettingly emotional.

Breaking Point is every dystopian reader’s dream—breathtaking, gripping, spectacular, cinematic—impossible to put down. From its first page to its very last page, Breaking Point is undeniably a roller coaster ride of action and adventure with danger, deceit, fear, grief, loss, love and survival at its core—only a dystopian like this series could give you such feelings and thoughts. It is without a doubt that Kristen Simmons has an undisputed talent in writing action-packed stories with a filmic attitude and style. Thereupon saying, I can sense a movie in the making.

But above anything else, I shall face the consequences of being a reader: the finale, the last, the conclusion, the ending to an amazing series you have grown to love. At the same time, I am prepared—prepared for whatever the cost will be.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her family and their precious greyhound Rudy in Tampa, Florida.

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