All Youth Services Librarians and School Librarians from the Southern California are welcome to join us. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month. Time of meeting: 9:00 am to 11:30 am.
Our next meeting is on February 7, 2017 at 9:00 am at
Inglewood Public Library,
101 W. Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90301
Publishers - if you wish to send review copies, please send to the above address. Thank you!
Codes for Reviews
First Initial (Overall Rating):
E = Exceptional
VG = Very Good
G = Good
F = Fair
NR = Not Recommended
Second Initital (Reading Level):
A = Average Reading Level
E = Easy
M = Mature
“The views expressed are of individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views of their respective institutions.”
The U.S.A. has come out of a war that took its toll on many
American cities. The regime that grows out of the ashes is scary and
totalitarian. The Federal Bureau of Reformation (FBR) now polices the State.
The Constitution is rescinded in favor of the Articles, a series of ‘Moral
Statutes’ instituted to reinstate order after the war. Failure to comply with
the Articles can lead to arrest and worse. Citizens in breach of the Articles
disappear and are never heard from again. Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller just
wants to keep her head down and not draw attention to herself or her single
mother. Her mother, however, is a free spirit and she worries Ember with her
subtle attempts at rebellion. One day the FBR or Moral Militia (MM), as they’ve
been unofficially nicknamed, come to Ember’s home to arrest Ember’s mother for
an Article 5 violation, having a child out of legal wedlock. As if the shock
and emotional distress of the arrest wasn’t enough, Ember recognizes one of the
arresting FBR soldiers as Chase Jennings, former neighbor and childhood
sweetheart. Ember’s mother is taken away and Ember is sent to a ‘rehabilitation’
center. The brutality of the ‘rehabilitation’ center makes Ember fear for what
her mother must be going through and she vows to escape to find her mother.
Simmons has written a young adult novel with a salutary
warning of what can happen if government is allowed to chip away at civil
liberties. However, it would be wrong to think that this is a heavy weight story
requiring intense critical thinking. Instead, it's a diverting mainstream dystopian
tale, complete with a romance against all odds and characters that have to deal
with the challenges of being teenagers under extreme circumstances.All in all, Article 5 is a successful first installment in what promises to be
an engaging series.
Patsy Pinedo Tuck, Eagle Rock Branch, Los Angeles Public Library