I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of this book and couldn't wait to read it. The summary sounded so interesting and after reading a couple of others from this publisher I knew that it was going to be top notch. And I definitely wasn't disappointed.
Ember Miller is seventeen and remembers what the United States used to be like. Before the Moral Statutes replaced the Bill of rights and soldiers became the police. Before people got arrested for the slightest infractions.
Her life isn't perfect, but she knows how to keep under the radar. At least until her rebellious mother is arrested for violating Article 5, and Ember is taken away as well. And the only boy she's ever loved, Chase, helped to cart them off as well. It's up to Ember now to find her mother and get them to safety before things can get any worse. Will help from an unexpected source be enough?
From the moment I started reading this I could not put it down. Everything about this dystopian society that Kristen created was absolutely fascinating and terrifying. The harshness of the soldiers and people in power was difficult to read, but so accurate for the story. I would not want to live in that world.
Ember's character was one that I could relate to. All she wanted was to live her life with her mom and stay out of the way of the soldiers. When everything went to hell she realized that she had to fight back and do whatever it took to save her Mom.
I loved Ember and Chase's relationship. Not only were they fighting to survive, but they were also struggling to understand each other in their new reality. There were times when they were typical teenagers and had misunderstandings, but for their characters it worked. It didn't take away from their connection and my rooting for them.
So now I'm going to try and wait patiently for book 2 in this amazing trilogy and wonder what Kristen has up her sleeves next. Because she definitely has my attention!