Thursday, 20 April 2017

Article Three [Book Review]

Hello everyone!

Title: Article Three (The System #1)
Author: Anna Jakobsson Lund
Translator: Clare Barnes
Publisher: Tredje Principen
Published Date: 3rd March 2015
Rating: 3 Stars

*Thanks to the author for the review copy*


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Synopsis: Trust will get you killed – and trust will keep you alive

In a world where the System governs everything, Ava’s a rebel – one who can control other people’s thoughts with her mind. As part of a resistance movement preparing for war, this is a useful skill. 

Levi stopped believing in the struggle for freedom when it snatched his parents from him. Now he’s just trying to live a quiet life and control the voices that threaten his sanity. 

One night Levi’s sister is arrested. To free her, he has to break old promises and get involved with people he swore he’d never associate with. Ava’s ordered to help him and, together, they leave on a rescue mission. She says he has to trust the rebels. But should they?

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Review: Article Three is a novel written by an author who I became friends with through Instagram. Of course I was happy enough to review her novel for her when she asked me to. What’s so interesting about this novel is that it wasn’t originally written in English. I actually read this novel right in the middle of my reading slump. It didn’t pull me out of it, but it made me realise that it was lack of time and not lack of enjoyment when reading that was the issue. Because I managed to race through this one and I really enjoyed it.

The writing style is very simple and straightforward, but it never gets too simplified that it steals the enjoyment of reading. I think the best novel I could compare this to would have to be The Hunger Games when it comes to that direct writing style. Personally, I think that kind of writing style worked better for this novel than that one, because here one of the main characters has that way of thinking. Because the writing style really matches her way of thinking, it drew me even closer to the character.

I also really liked the world building. Lund has managed to find the perfect balance between giving us just enough detail so that we can understand how the world works, and the characters role in this world, and not overflooding us with too much unnecessary information. What we needed to know, we knew with time. I liked that. And some of the descriptions were done in detail too, so they sounded beautiful. But it was never overdone. Lund did that perfectly.


When it comes to the main characters, there are two perspectives we get to see from. One of them is Ava. Ava kind of reminded me of Dean from Supernatural a little bit in the fact that she was so used to getting orders and always following them. She’s entirely dedicated to the cause of the rebellion, but she also has her own secret motive. We get to slowly see that motive as the story plays on. The best thing about seeing her character development was that as it became clear that they couldn’t trust anyone anymore, she had to learn to be more independent. She could no longer simply follow orders. As we slowly see her move away from that, her character flourishes. It took me a while to really appreciate her, but when I did, I loved her.

Levi was someone I appreciated right from the beginning. He’s very impulsive, and honest. It’s hard for him to keep from acting out on his emotions. Maybe because he was the complete opposite to me in that aspect, it made me like him all the more. He wants no part of being in the rebellion, but he is doing it to help rescue his sister. It’s clear how strong their relationship is, and as family was his driving force it made me like him all the more. Levi also has his own secret. The reader gets to know it, but the other characters don’t. I liked that this secret was presented differently from Ava’s, where the reader doesn’t know. The author played on us having more knowledge than the other characters well.


Even though we feel like we know all of Levi’s secrets… well, there is still a little bit of a plot twist that I didn’t expect.

The main themes in this novel are addiction and also trust, despite there being plenty of action and this being an espionage action novel. The best thing was how the trust was presented. Levi and Ava don’t particularly want to trust each other. But when Ava has to use her faculty (it’s kind of like a weak power), to save Levi, they become connected as Ava gets a taste of her feelings and Levi gets a taste of hers. They then know they are both keeping secrets… and the feelings that those secrets evoke. It makes an interesting twist to the novel.

There is also a secondary character, Leymah, who travels along with them. They come into contact with a few other characters too, but I don’t want to ramble on about them too much. They were all well-developed though, and had their own presence in the story, which was great.


Lastly, I want to mention the action side of the story! Lund knows how to pull up the tension and suspense. The ending had me tense in my seat and I abandoned what I was supposed to be doing in order to read the book out. It was such a good end, and left at such a point that I can’t wait to read the sequel whenever I can!

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16 comments:

  1. It's awesome to be given a free copy and ask your opinion about it. Your passion pays off, doesn't it?

    Great review as always, Olivia.

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    1. It is! And even more awesome when you love the book ;)

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  2. Great review, Olivia! This sounds like a book that makes you want more in the end. And I've always been a fan of two perspectives. <3

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    1. I think you'll be able to love this one, Stephanie!

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  3. This sounds like a novel I would like. I do enjoy SF and dystopian literature. The story of a brother wanting to rescue his sister sounds great. Article three seems like a perfect mixture of action and emotion. Fantastic review!

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    1. It was a nice combination of the two genres. It balanced emotion and action just right. I hope you like it if you give it a try :)

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  4. Interesting cover on this one! :) It's like an artsy-dragony-thing! Lol :)

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    1. You got it right ;) The dragon art relates a lot to the story...

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  5. This book sounds like it has a lot going for it with the good world building and good characters. I am really curious about what the big twist was. Great review!

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    1. It was a very good read, and the twists were fantastically woven in :D

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  6. Your support for authors is so admirable, Olivia! Love it!

    Lonna @ FLYLēF

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    1. Thanks Lonna <3 I just want to help support all those I can!

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  7. Outstanding review. That placed this title on my to buy / to read list. Thanks.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it whenever you read it!

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