February 13, 2014

THREE Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the official blog tour for THREE by Kristen Simmons! Today I have my review of the book to share with you and don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway at the bottom of the post! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above!

THREE (Article 5 #3)
Author: Kristen Simmons
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Tor Teen


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.

THREE, the final installment in the young adult dystopian Article 5 trilogy, continues to follow our outlaw main characters - Chase and Ember - as they finally reach the safe house they've been striving so hard to get to, only to find it demolished. With no clues about survivors and no place else to go, Chase and Ember follow tracks leading away from the wreckage, hoping to find someone who may have survived. They find themselves going down the East Coast - where exciting and dangerous events await them. Chase is reunited with someone from his past that he thought was long gone. They decide to search out a settlement rumored to be a huge resistance organization called Three. Ember knows that Three is her only shot at getting the chance to telling her story to the world. They also are at the heart of the resistance, which means they'll finally be able to do something - fight back against the FBR.

I've read and loved the first two books in this series and I was really hoping that this third installment didn't start to devolve into repetition and boredom, like so many other promising series do. I was happily surprised to find that it not only lived up to any hopes I may have had, but it went far beyond them and continued to fuel my love for the characters and the series as a whole. The author's writing is so natural - I was immediately pulled back into the world she had created with Ember and Chase. With such vivid details and descriptions, it seemed as though I was right beside them during the fight against the FBR. The characters continued to show growth - although there were some points in the book where I just wanted to smack them both in the head a few times, just like the other books - and I loved to watch them mature into strong leaders. Of course, I loved watching Chase and Ember's relationship grow as well (along with more head smacking). I loved their dynamic and the way they work together both as a couple and as a team. The plot was fantastic - I loved the adventure and excitement that flowed from almost every page as things got more and more intense. I loved learning about Three - it's history, details, and intricacies. I think that adding it into the series really put a new layer into the story line - one that can go in several different places. Overall, I found this book to be just as absorbing and exciting as the first two, and I'm blown away by it's ending - while also very sad to see it go - I want more!! Highly recommended for fans of science fiction, dystopia, and post-apocalyptic fiction!

Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She loves Jazzercise, her husband, and her precious greyhound, Rudy. Also chocolate. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida.

 You can purchase THREE at the following Retailers:     
(3) Winners will receive a Copy of THREE by Kristen Simmons.

(1) Winner will receive a Copy of Artikel 5  and Gesetz Der Rache (A5 and Breaking Point from Germany) by Kristen Simmons.

(3) Winners will receive a copy of Article 5 by Kristen Simmons.
(3) Winners will receive a copy of Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons.
(1) Winner will receive a Copy of Article 5 from Taiwan, and the audio book of Breaking Point on CD by Kristen Simmons.

 (5) Winners will receive a Chase Jennings ART Bookmark by James Vallesteros.

Must be 13+ to Enter / International Giveaway


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