(Article 5 # 3)
By: Kristen Simmons
Pub. Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Tor Teen
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 peaceful and quiet existence—but all that’s left is smoking ruins.
Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the one thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.
Because of their high profiles, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amid 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 thought he’d never 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 to tell the world her story—and to fight back.
I am a huge fan of the Article 5 series, so I was excited to receive a review copy of Three and started it right away! It is always scary to read the last book of a trilogy, but Kristen Simmons finished this series perfectly! I could not have asked for a better ending for these characters who I love so much.
In such a short amount of time, Ember was forced to grow up completely, especially after experiencing the death of her mother. I loved watching Ember grow from a predictable girl who would never think about breaking a rule, to someone who basically started a revolution. What made it even better was that she always had Chase by her side. I loved Chase and their relationship was so sweet and honest. I don't remember Chase being so broken in previous books, but he was completely falling apart in Three. He is struggling with who is and who he wants to be, but I love that he never kept anything from Ember. He was always so honest with his feelings when it came to her.
It's been a while since I read the first two books, so I felt that Simmons did a wonderful job reminding us about events and characters from previous books without overloading us with information. This is a series that I definitely did not want to end, but I am so happy with the way it did. I am excited to see what Simmons has in store for us next!