Saturday, February 1, 2014

Three (ARC): Review


Kristen Simmons' fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series continues in Three.

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.


So. Three. The conclusion of the Article 5 trilogy. I must say the author takes action, as well as the way that friends and family look out for each other, to the max. It's a pretty nice conclusion, with all the action scenes and fights (and bombs. Can't forget the bombs). Though it might have its flaws, the goodness is inextinguishable. 

Three picks up right after Breaking Point. Ember, Chase and their friends are trying to find Three, a rumored organization that is like a resistance to the MM. They have to stay safe if Ember wants to tell her story and help Three fight against the MM. Yet it's anything but easy as they realize Three might not be as glorious as they think, and multiple obstacles are standing in their way.

Some of the characters are actually pretty nice. Not like they're morally nice. But they're definitely complex characters. It is a whole lot of fun trying to figure them out. There are also some new characters. They might be kind of a pain in the ass, but in the end they're just... I don't know how to explain it. Let's just say I respect them. Characters like Ember, Chase, Sean and Rebecca... it's almost impossible not to like them in Three. Characters? Excellent of course.

The plot has a tiny problem though. It starts out a bit slow at first. So forgive me for saying the beginning of Three isn't as appealing as I thought. It picks up pretty quickly though, and soon everything is blowing up. The mind games as well as the... um, action games are nothing short of awesome. And you know what? It just gets better and better throughout the book. Until it ends with quite a big bang. Speaking of the ending, you will definitely love it. Not just the epilogue, but the grand big-bang finale. Well, at least it makes my heart pound like crazy.

Article 5 trilogy has ended. The first two books might have stayed at the back of my mind, but Three will stay in my radar for some time. 

Rating: 8/10

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