New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials and maybe worse. People who get arrested don’t usually come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. That life in the United States used to be different.

In the three years since the war ended, Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs—like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes—and how to pass the random home inspections by the Federal Bureau of Reformation. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And what’s worse, one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.


Here’s what people are saying about ARTICLE 5:

“Paints a picture of a world that could easily be out future. [Simmons's] fluid writing creates an easy-to-read story that opens the eyes of readers to what the loss of civil liberties could entail. This book is a must have for all Young Adult collections.”


“Kristen Simmons’ Article 5 is a gripping, atmospheric story of survival. Alongside a fierce depiction of oppressive government, Simmons has created a bleak portrait of an America lost. I could hardly put it down. Ember Miller and Chase Jennings can be my post-apocalyptic wingmen anytime.”

- Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood

“Subversion. Defiance. Desperate, struggling humanity in the face of state-sponsored tyranny. This book was engrossing, unpredictable and thoroughly REAL. Loved it.”

-Jay Kristoff, author of Stormdancer

“Article 5 was definitely an on-the-edge-of-your-seat-fight-for-survival-romance book. Honestly, I loved this story and couldn’t tear my eyes away from it.”

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- School Library Journal

“This action-packed novel is a dystopian unlike any other I have read.”

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- Huffington Post

“A haunting read and incredibly engaging. A true dystopian force.”

-The CW

“Fast-paced, emotional and nail-bitingingly intense, ‘Article 5′ gripped me from page one and didn’t let me go once.”

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- Rachel R.,

“There are only a few books that managed to keep me up at night this year, when I think about it only 5 books managed that. ARTICLE 5 is one of them. Now I’m dying for book two to continue Ember’s adventure!!

A MUST read for any fan of the dystopian genre…even if you are not, it’s a must read anyways.”

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- Stephanie R., Book Reader Addicts

ARTICLE 5 Playlist:

Track Artist
1. Grounds for Divorce Elbow
2. Kingdom of Rust Doves
3. Magick Ryan Adams & the Cardinals
4. Call Me When You’re Sober Evanescence
5. Decode Paramore
6. Imaginary Evanescence
7. Runnin’ Wild Airbourne
8. Permanent David Cook
9. For Reasons Unknown The Killers
10. My Immortal Evanescence
11. I Don’t Believe You Pink
12. Hurt Christina Aguilera

Want to read more? Here are some interviews and articles about ARTICLE 5:

Dystopian August 2011, A5 Preview, at Presenting Lenore

Haunted Halloween 2011 at Confessions of a Bookaholic, My Scariest Memory 10/17/11

Eleusinian Mysteries of Reading Christmas Post (Australia), My Plans for Surviving the 2012 Apocalypse, 11/14/11, Sneak Peak of Article 5, 1/4/12; Author Interview

2012 Debutant Ball at Badass Bookie’s Blog, Author Interview 1/8/12; Insider’s Scoop of A5 and ARC giveaway 1/9/12

KindleObsessed Author Spotlight 1/10/12

Dystopian Domination at Fragments of Life, Character Interview (Ember) and giveaway 1/11/12

Creative Reads, Author Interview and Review, 1/17/12

I am a Reader, Not a Writer, Author Interview, 1/20/12

Writing from the Tub (England), Author Interview, 1/23/12

The Paperback Heart, Author Interview, 1/23/12

Friendship and Writing Through Stress, A few words with Apocalypsies Author, Katie McGarry, 1/29/12

Author to Author Interview, Lucky 13’s, 1/31/12

Thrice Interview with Jessica Spotswood, author of Born Wicked, 1/31/12

Confessions of a Bookaholic, My Article 5 Casting List, 2/1/12

International Reading Association, 5 Questions Feature, 2/3/12

Presenting Lenore, Dystopian February, Author Interview, 2/3/12

Rosewood Pencil Box, Author Interview, 2/6/12

Tor/Forge Newsletter, February 2012, Surviving Dystopia

Blog Tour through Teen Book Scene, 2/6/12-3/2/12

Interview in South Shore News & Tribune, 2/29/12

Cynsations, New Voice Interview, 3/14/12

Interview in the Bloomingdale Patch, 3/26/12

Article in the Reno Gazette Journal, 5/11/12

Interview for School Library Journal, 5/16/12

Interview at The Fiction Pixie, 5/18/12

Interview with JeanBookNerd, 8/5/12

Interview with Miss Literati, 11/14/12