Title: Aberrant Series: Aberrant Series #1 Author: Ruth Silver Publication Date: April 16, 2013 Genre: Y/A Dystopian Publisher: Lazy Day Publishing Cover: Lazy Day Publishing Amazon - http://tiny.cc/gngtvx Barnes & Noble - http://tiny.cc/eogtvx
SynopsisWhat if your existence was illegal?
It was supposed to be the perfect system: food, shelter, and jobs for everyone. A strive toward Utopian.
When children can no longer be conceived through natural means, a lottery is established to determine which families will conceive a child in a lab through IVF.
Eighteen year old Olivia Parker is an anomaly. She shouldnât exist.
The government wants her dead. The rebels have their own perverted agenda. In a world filled with secrets, betrayals, and death lurking at every turn, Olivia must decide her own path and who to trust.
Adventure, mystery, and romance come together in this fast-paced Young Adult dystopian fantasy that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Aberrant is the first novel in the Aberrant series.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I was super excited to finally get to read this book since it has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a little while. Plus, it has been a while since I have read a good Dystopian book, so I was looking forward to reading this one.
Olivia lives in a world controlled by the government. They even control whom and when to marry as well as when and how women are able to have kids (which they can't). Even though there are many rules, she follows them as best as she can. Because she doesn't want to get sent to the Gravelands to die, of course. Her best friend is a boy named Joshua who she secretly wishes she gets paired with even though he thinks it would be weird for them to be paired. Long story short, an old secret comes to light and Olivia, along with Joshua, flee to a rebel city.
The story definitely had an exciting beginning that had me reading anywhere and anytime I could. But then I got to a point where it felt like everything was going downhill (not just for the characters, of course, but also for me as a reader.) I love the suspense of trying to figure out why things were happening to Olivia and what was the ultimate agenda for the people she encountered throughout her adventure. I also liked the unrequited love aspect of the story and how at times it felt like maybe the two characters were not going to be able to get together soon. Another problem I had with the story was the fact that it just seems too similar like a few popular Dystopian books out there and at times it felt like a mashup between a few.
Overall, I liked the story. The suspense definitely kept me wanting to read more and the beginning held my interest for most the book. I did find it similar to other books I have read which took away from the 'I love this story' factor. IF you love Dystopian where the protagonists are always in the middle of some action with some romance sprinkled in, this one is for you!
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Joshua and I both headed out of the council hall with Jacqueline leading the way. The line of young men had barely dwindled. I avoided their stare, their curiosity as they slowly proceeded forward, giving the attendant their name. I wondered how they knew about me and more importantly what they knew. Jacqueline walked a few feet ahead of us, giving us privacy to talk. I silently thanked her for still respecting us and our wishes. She was probably the only one in Haven who liked us. I didnât know if I should be relieved or angered by the recent news. I could feel the whispers, like tingles against bare skin as we walked further from council hall and rounded the corner. I was grateful to be out of sight from all those curious stares. "I guess we should consider ourselves lucky," I remarked. I didn't feel lucky. I tried to sound upbeat, but everything was quickly falling apart around us.
Joshua scoffed at the idea. "Lucky? I wouldn't go that far," he emphasized. "This is how it starts. Eventually, they'll make it a crime for us to see one another." He sounded disgusted.
"They sort of already are," I remarked, trying to understand the council's decision. "I think they just want to make sure I'm protected." Though I didn't quite understand how setting me up to meet multiple bachelors was any form of protection. It seemed as if they only wanted to keep Joshua away from me. The one person I could trust, implicitly. I knew the rules were different because I was different. They didnât seem particularly bothered by Joshua having a girl in his room. It didnât seem fair.
"Seems like they don't really care what we think at all," Joshua retorted as we headed into our building. "Were you okay last night? I worried when Landon escorted you out of the dormitory."
I walked slowly up the stairs, Jacqueline just a few feet ahead of us. "Aside from being locked in a room with no windows." I sighed. "At least they're giving me freedom from the tech center and a real bed. I should be grateful," I mocked. I didn't feel grateful, but I knew his mother at least tried to make it easier for me. As soon as we crested the top stair, I froze in place. The building shook with an alarming intensity as the first drone flew low overhead. The downstairs chandelier swayed and I held onto Joshua's arm and my eyes widened in terror. "What do you think is going on?" I asked watching the movement grow stronger as vibrations echoed through the dormitory. A nearby painting affixed to the wall crashed to the floor, the glass breaking. I could feel the ground quake beneath my feet as Joshua grabbed my hand, refusing to let go.
"We're being attacked." It wasn't a question. Together, we jogged briskly down the hall toward our rooms. I didn't know how much time we had. All I knew was the government was here, and they were searching for me!
Meet the Author
Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of the Aberrant trilogy. With a passion for writing and a love of story-telling, Ruth is actively writing two series under her name: Royal Reaper and Orenda.
She is also writing steamier adult novels under Ravyn Rayne, including the Federal Agent Chronicles.
For steamy reads check her books out: http://ravynrayne.com http://facebook.com/ravynraynereads http://twitter.com/blushingravyn
Her interests also include traveling, reading, and photography. Her favorite vacation destination is Australia.
Ruth currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and her book blog Write Away Bliss.
InterviewQ: Letâs start with what inspired you to write Aberrant?
My inspiration for Aberrant was in part that I loved reading Dystopian stories. I always love writing, so I wanted to create a world, Cabal, that was unlike anything we've witnessed, but not so far-fetched that it is purely science fiction.
Q: When writing Aberrant, what did you use for inspirations?
There are a variety of novels that I've read over the past several years, that helped in world building when writing Aberrant. Those were: The Hunger Games, The Handmaid's Tale, and Children of Men.
Q: Are you currently working on a new book at this time?
Yes Iâm working on quite a few new titles under both Ruth Silver and Ravyn Rayne.
Q: If so can you tell us the name of the book and a little bit about it?
I'm working on a spin-off for the Aberrant series. Itâs a prequel story and still untitled. Iâm also writing the Federal Agent Chronicles which is an adult series.
Q: In Aberrant do you have a favorite character? If so who & why?
I definitely love Olivia's character. She's tough, even when things are stacked up against her, she never gives up.
Q: Do you have favorite author whose books you love to read?
I really love John Green's writing. My favorite novel of his is, The Fault in Our Stars.
Q: As a child what did you want to do when you grew up?
I had quite a few career aspirations in my teenage years. After watching the movie Twister, I wanted to be a tornado chaser!
Q: If you could go on an all expenses paid vacation 7 days and 6 nights to anywhere in the world â where would you like to go & why?
I'd love to travel to Paris. It seems incredibly romantic and also a great place to tour the city and see the sights.
Q: Do you have a favorite playlist that you listen to when you write?
Nope, I can't stand listening to music when I write. I need absolute silence.
Q: When you aren't writing what do you do to relax and have fun?
In my free time, I love reading, watching movies, television, playing video games and just hanging out with friends. My favorite shows are Orphan Black, The 100, and Reign.