Author - Kristen Simmons
Genre - Dystopian
Release Date - January 13th 2012
Available - The Book Depository/ The Nile
New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., 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The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.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 usually don't 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 for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.
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 military. 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 one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.
The Insider's Scoop 5
Behind the Scenes Facts for A5
1. A5 was originally 154,000 words. After three rounds of revisions with my agent, it was lowered to 96,000. For those of you that are mathematically challenged like myself, that’s 58 THOUSAND words that were cut. Some of these scenes appear in the second and third books. Most I’ve stuffed into the incinerator (Ember runs into traffic and gets hit by a car, for example).
2. In the original manuscript, Tucker Morris was actually Ember’s high school boyfriend (which may not sound weird now…but wait until you read A5).
3. I liked the name Chase first for the simple reason that both he and Ember are on the run, are chased, while at the same time pursuing something else. Ember is pursuing her mother. Chase is pursuing their safety. Both are chasing each other, although due to circumstances are finding each other just out of reach. This puts them in a state of constant motion, making it hard to settle, which is why they cling to that which doesn’t change – their memories of each other.
4. My heroine required something slightly unusual to reflect her tenacity in a world of compliance and regulations, but not so flamboyant that she would stand out. The "E" softened the name Amber, allowing her to slip into the mainstream crowd but not become dismissible. Embers are also, of course, the last smoldering ashes of the fire, and that’s sort of the point of her. She blends in while the world is rages and is stripped away, yet still burns, still perseveres.
5. I named Ms. Brock in reference to Mr. Brocklehurst, who is the evil, hypocritical schoolmaster presiding over Jane Eyre in the book entitled the same. Thanks again for letting me come visit! This was so much fun! HIGH-FIVE FOR A5!
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