Book – Aberrant (Aberrant #1)
Author – Ruth Silver
Publication Date – April 16, 2013
Genre –Y/A Dystopian
Type – Part of Series
Cliffhanger – Yes
Rating – 4.25 out of 5 Stars
Complimentary copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
In the future Dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government's match in marriage and "The Day of the Chosen", a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn't existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she's arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from "The Day of the Chosen." The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.
With Joshua's help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.
My Thoughts - Story
I was leery on reading this book because Dystopian is not my normal genre and especially young adult, but this book was so unique and easy to read. I loved the characters Olivia and Joshua. Especially in the beginning with their innocent kisses and the loyalty, they had for one another.
From the moment I picked this book and started reading, my interest held fast and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen from city to city that these two traveled…and don’t even get me started when they finally are thrown into a new life struggling to stay alive with other recruits. Here are two 18 year olds who never had to lift a finger to fight, survive or actually do anything and now they must learn basic survival and fighting skills. Either they succeed or they die.
Through all of this the author connects us to these two but not only will you root for these two to stay together and survive but the author develops these two where a love story unfolds. I love how Ms Silver wove this intricate story about a dystopian life around an innocent love story.
At the age of 18 children are paired up and forced to marry, but not for love or to procreate. Procreation is unheard of since it’s impossible for women to get pregnant the natural way.
Olivia and Joshua have been best friends since being little children and to Olivia’s delight, she is paired up with her love, Joshua. But on their wedding night, she is brutally thrown in jail without any clue why.
Joshua does everything in his power to get Olivia out of that jail and they escape to another city but this one also has other plans for these two and it doesn’t entail the two being together.
As Joshua and Olivia run and fight for their lives, they continue to mesh their relationship tighter and find out some hidden secrets about what is really going on and why Olivia is so important to the future of the world.
Reason for Reading – Blog Tour
Story – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Steam – 4 out of 5 Stars
Angst – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Writing – 4 out of 5 Stars
Content Flow – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Told In – Single POV
Heroine/Personality – Olivia – now she’s some tough chick!
HEA (Spoiler) – It follows through with more to come
Would Read More from Author? Yes – I can’t wait to start reading the rest of the trilogy
Recommend To – Anyone who loves a great dystopian read.