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Aberrant
     

Aberrant

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by Ruth Silver
 

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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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780991789788
Publisher:
Patchwork Press
Publication date:
04/28/2013
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004.

Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. You can visit her online at http://writeawaybliss.com

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Aberrant 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
KathywithaK27 More than 1 year ago
The Oxford English Dictionary defines Aberrant as: adj. Departing from an accepted standard; Diverging from the normal type. I was quite surprised to find that this book fit that definition very well, to the point where it stood out among a genre that is overflowing with options to choose from and made itself different. We meet Olivia in the city of Genesis, a town that was set up as a breeding city after the 4th world war and a plague decimated most of the world and left the population unable to conceive naturally. At least that's what they all think. Enter Olivia Parker, 18 year old daughter of a widow, on her matching ceremony day. Nervous just like the rest of her class to find out who the government has chosen her to spend the rest of her life with within her own graduating lot. 18 years old and terrified of what's gong to happened, Olivia is matched with Joshua Warren, there are worse things than being paired with your best friend since the age of 5 so thins seem to be looking up, until she is arrested hours later by the governor and thrown in jail.... What for you may ask? Olivia is the only person on the earth that can conceive. Her mother boar her and now everyone thinks that has been passed to her. The government wants her either dead or in one of their labs, but Joshua's mother helps them escape to a town outside of Genesis named Haven, a city part of the Rebel Alliance trying to rise up against government control. The feelings of relief and freedom soon evaporates when the plans of the Rebel Alliance are spelled out for Olivia, but what does this mean for her and her future? And what does it means for her feelings towards Joshua? Will they stay in Haven? Will the government find her? SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! I'm sorry but I'm not going to answer ANY of them because YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! I'm going to give you the main reason I feel this way. I loved Olivia. What I require for me to like a main character, strength, poise, a little vulnerability and resolve, she possess. I felt like she never wavered from what she thought was right and what she wanted. Yes, plans changed a number of times but although the grander scheme shifted almost from page to page, at the core of the story was one girl who might be special but really lead with her heart first and foremost and then with her head. It worked for me, she didn't just do things for a boy and she didn't turn her back on anyone for the greater cause, Olivia balanced out what was right and moral or what she felt was her duty with this new found freedom of doing things her way or what she wanted to do not what everyone else told her to do. That is BRILLIANT. A girl who can stand on her own two feet and still love someone in a natural and not-immediate manner? WE NEED MORE OF THIS IN LITERATURE. Olivia Parker sold the book for me, but I really did love the whole package. You get a clear picture of what world these characters are living in and that world is massive. Not only do you have government and rebels and gravelands (the nasty open deserts between cities) but you can see the clear distinction of environments as it changes. Taking great characters and putting them into a complete setting is not something that is easily found and this book has it! Add in all the unique things that you'll find scattered everywhere within the story and it made Aberrant one of my favorite books of the year, I CAN NOT WAIT for a sequel!!!
HollyBerry44 More than 1 year ago
*I was provided an eARC in exchange for honest review* Aberrant grabbed me from page 1, and did not let me down the whole way through! Ruth Silver did a fantastic job of capturing the mind of a 5 year old, and portraying her emotions, and how at 5 years old, there are so many things that we do not understand. In the first chapter we are in Olivia's mind when her father passes away, and she has to attend the funeral with her Mom. After chapter 1, we are brought to Olivia's present when she is graduating school at 18, and everything that that entails for her. In Olivia's town of Cabal, everyone is the same, everyone gets the same houses, the same food provided every week by the government, even the same clothes. The government monitors everything there, including how many times you are allowed to shower (3 times a week for 3 minutes, and when the water comes on, it is already set at the "perfect" temperature for you), I cannot imagine living like that, however, all of the citizens have been told that going outside of Cabal would be instant death in the Gravelands, so no one dares go against anything that they say. I really enjoyed the characters in this book, especially Olivia and Joshua, they were like typical teenagers, just unaware of what the world had to offer because of the oppressive society that they lived in. They had been best friends for so long that you wouldn't think that there would be any romantic feelings could develop, however, there may be, and it may grow faster than what they were expecting because of the situations that they are put in, and only having each other to rely on.  The world building that Ruth has done is beautiful as well, I can totally picture myself there, seeing everything the way that Olivia does, it is so dark and dreary, I can't imagine living there. The cities there are all run down, and seem deserted by the people, and most of this was due to the four world wars that had taken place, there is not much left in this part of the world. Also there are very few vehicles left, but the technology is completely beyond anything that we have now, solar powered cars and being able to heal a knife wound by getting a scan on it, brilliant! I will be the first to admit that I have not read many dystopian novels, but I know that I will be following this series for sure! I loved all the action, with just a little bit of romance, and not the insta-love kind either, the nice gradual kind that develops over time from friendship. I am so glad I was able to read and review this book, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next in the series, I give this one a 5/5 and any fans of sci-fi/dystopian should definitely check this one out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know what they say, time goes fast when your having fun. Going by that premise, I must have been having the time of my life as I read Aberrant, Ruth Silver's debut novel in one sitting and I didn't feel like a  minute had gone by, let alone the many hours that actually did! From the prologue to the last page Ruth Silver had me excitedly flipping through the pages wanting to know what's happening next. I was actually surprised when I got to the last pages as it slowly dawned on me that the book already finished and I didn't even know it was close to finishing! It wasn't left on a cliffhanger but I had not been aware that the book was coming to an end, that's how much I was enjoying it!  Olivia Parker is unlike any other child, she is conceived naturally at a time and place where this has not been the norm for quite some time. When the Government finds out they arrest Olivia and her Mother, Samantha, immediately ensuring their secret remains hidden, but when the Rebel Alliance steps in and helps Olivia escape she is able to breathe easy knowing she's got allies. Unfortunately, as Olivia and her best friend, Joshua, makes the journey to the Rebel Alliance town of Haven, what they find when they arrive there is not much better than what they left at their hometown of Genesis, there are rules and there are expectations for Olivia. Is one governing body really better than the other? Could the couple trust anyone or are they in it all alone?  Aberrant is a fast-paced debut novel that was filled with action and heart thumping moments, as readers are constantly made to guess who can be trusted and what their ulterior motives were. I absolutely loved the main characters, Olivia and Joshua, they were both very mature and sensible from the beginning. These qualities really helped them through their journey as they deciphered who they could and couldn't trust. I felt extremely sorry for the two as they left behind a trail of people they thought they could trust that proved them otherwise. I just felt the loneliness that they were feeling, not to mention the disappointment, as they found again and again that there were no one else to trust but each other. I really enjoyed Olivia and Joshua's connection and I'm a bit torn because I know that they're childhood sweethearts and will be romantically involved in the future, but I kind of felt like their partnership was somewhat of a best friend or sibling partnership more so than a romantic one, however, the romance, whilst touched on within Aberrant's pages, wasn't greatly explored, and so I may have to wait for the consecutive books to comment on the romantic aspect of their relationship, but from Aberrant alone it seemed like they had more of a brother/sister or best friend feel to their relationship. Aberrant's plot and Silver's writing, along with the sensible main characters really had me greatly enjoying this book and it certainly ended far too soon for my liking. This is the first novel that I have read that I was surprised to have found myself in the last page and not even know it. It's very action-packed and there was not a moment where readers heart will slow, as there was constant betrayals and new revelations at every corner. This was a highly enjoyable read and I recommend it to all those that enjoy dystopian novels. I recommend Ruth Silver for this fantastic debut novel that was highly entertaining with a plot that was simply amazing! Loved, loved, loved Aberrant! It's definitely high up in my list of favourite books of 2013 thus far.  Disclaimer: This was provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.  
LenPhelps7 More than 1 year ago
Aberrant by Ruth Silver is an awesome read. It is very different from any of the other books I have read. It is very interesting and it had my attention from the very beginning all the way to the end.  Cabal is a future dystopian society where the government instills equality for all the citizens and offers them a perfect system. Everyone there has a home to live in, food to eat and a job. Cabal’s government has one requirement from their citizens. They all have to follow the rules without questions including the government’s match in marriage and a lottery that is called “The Day of the Chosen.” The lottery randomly selects families to conceive children.  Olivia Parker and Joshua Warren both live in Cabal with their parents and have been best friends since they were little. They know that when they turn eighteen that they will have to go through the match in marriage. That time has come for Olivia and Joshua. They are nervous about the government’s match in marriage because they don’t know who they will be matched up with. Will they get matched up with each other? Or will it be with someone else? After they turned eighteen, Olivia and Joshua accept the person that the government has matched them up with. After the match in marriage ceremony, something happens to Olivia. She has been taken away. Why did they take her? Where did they take her? Olivia is confused and doesn’t understand what is going on. She soon finds out the reason why and she is very upset about it. Joshua and his mother come to her rescue and help her escape from wherever she was held at. This is the beginning of Olivia Parker and Joshua Warren’s journey. It is not safe for her to be in Cabal anymore so she has to leave. She is surprised that Joshua is going with her. Where will they go? They will definitely go through a lot together. Will they be prepared for what is to come for them? Will they be able to survive?  As I was reading, I felt like I was there on this journey with Olivia and Joshua. I can feel their emotions for each other and the fear of what they are going through. Ruth Silver has done an amazing job writing Aberrant. I hope that there will be a sequel. I am looking forward to reading it and more of her books. I definitely recommend my friends to read this book. 
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW I received an e-copy of this book via Girls Heart Books in exchange for my honest review and blog tour participation. Well what can I say about the two different covers for this book. The one pictured to the left with the city pictured on it is the e-book cover, and the one pictured on the right is the paperback cover. I do like them both. I suppose the e-book cover is perhaps more dystopian-esque having the remains of a town on it with the smoke from the devastation still rising into the air. the paperback cover has a female on the front cover. I'd say the female is the main character in the book Olivia Parker, she is standing alone with what looks like devastation all around. I think the e-book cover will appeal to those bigger dystopian fans where as the paperback cover may attract those who perhaps aren't such big dystopian fans or maybe wanting to try something new and different. I have to say I would pick up either of these covers to learn more about the book. I do truly like both covers. The book really starts with a marriage ceremony, there's five boys and five girls standing on a stage waiting to be told who the government has paired them up with. The girls all wear white dresses, its the only time they will ever wear white in their lives for their marriage ceremony. They know who the boys are as they have been at school and all come from the same neighbourhood, but they haven't been dating or anything. Olivia stands fourth in line watching three other pairings made hoping she doesn't get paired with the disgustingly smelly Levi. If she does get paired with him she'll just have to make the best of it, as what the government says and decrees is law. Olivia lets out a breath of relief when her match is called as Joshua. They have been childhood friends so at least they know each other a little. they go to their house, given them by the government, with its government issued furniture and food. Everyone has the same, no one is allowed to be different. Relationships are different in Cabal, as you do not have "personal relations" there is a lottery called "the day Of the Chosen" if you are "lucky2 and your number comes up you are allowed to have a child. You are taken away to the clinic to be inseminated. no one has children naturally anymore . . .  . . or do they? Olivia's mum say's she needs to speak with Olivia and Joshua after their marriage ceremony, it is something of utmost importance . . . but that secret meeting doesn't happen, first Olivia is arrested, then her mother. Why? Well Hmmm I'll say Olivia is "different" in such a way it makes her a rather valuable commodity.  There's lots going on there's a secret journal written by Olivia's father. There's the fact that Olivia and how she is "different" has become somewhat of a myth to those in other settlements. There's action, drama, conspiracy, mystery, intrigue and a little bit of romance too. I think there's a bit of something for everyone in this book. I'd definitely put it high on my favourite dystopian book list. Olivia and Joshua escape but seem to go to one situation where they will be used to another. I don't want to say much more to you as you really do need to read this book. I'd say most people will enjoy it. I don't think you need to be a big dystopian fan like me to love this book. So did I enjoy the book? Loved it! Would I read Bk#2? Definitely as soon as it's available for me to read! Would I recommend the book? Yes I do highly recommend it, like I said I think you don't need to be a big dystopian fan to love this book either! Would I read more by Ruth Silver? I would do yes, I like her style and pace of writing, there's never a dull moment there's always something happening or the scene being set for the next big happening.
ColleenMBratley More than 1 year ago
Innocence and hope abound in this story. You find yourself rooting for the characters as they flounder through a reality they had never conceived of. It is interesting, entertaining, and touching. Olivia is a young woman thrust into an adult role without any preparation. At least not prepared for anything beyond what she was supposed to understand and live as reality. What she believed and had ingrained in her to be reality; however, was abruptly interrupted, and forever changed. The new reality was haunting, shocking, and so very disturbing. It rocked them to the cores of their souls and exposed their raw undeveloped foundations. Joshua is Olivia's mate. Soul mate, love, best friend, protector, and everything else she needed. They became for each other what they not only felt for each other, but also what they needed and had to be to survive. Neither one had been prepared for the drastic earth-shattering changes thrust upon them. But they put on a brave face, took a step forward, and braved the storm. Even though with every relationship there are doubts and missteps, you feel like fidgeting as they dance around their relationship with all the new vulnerable and cautiously rendered feelings. It warrants memories of first loves, first kiss, first trials and first commitments that left you scared and feeling exposed and wonderful at the same time. With each breath and beat of their hearts you want them to prevail. The journey of their lives is unexpected, and keeps you guessing, wondering, and anxious for their survival, not just physically, but also emotionally. You want to see a win. You want them to win. The characters become adored and the connection strong as you root for them; no one else, just them. Ruth kept them front and center letting you feel their every emotion, as well as fight their every battle. This story gives you the full range of color from dark to bright and everything in between. There are no dull spots, or trivial spots as each step builds to another. The only thing you are left wondering about is what will happen next. Even at the end, you want to go the distance and see what the next step is. You feel like you have just lived a different life, these are your friends, and now you miss them. Yes, I did enjoy this story, and really want to read the next one. Ruth told it with flare, but firm direction and description without anything bogging it down. She kept the pace even so you didn't feel a lag or want to skip ahead, realizing the sequence had to be, for it was a tale of two people and a very different world.
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
        I absolutely love reading dystopian novels.  We just finished doing a study of dystopian literature, music and poetry in my middle grade class.  There was no hesitation in agreeing to read and review this book.  Ruth Silver is a very talented writer.  The world she created is so realistic that  as a reader I was sucked into it from the beginning.  I was carried along with the action right along with Olivia and Joshua.  With the advances we are making in science today this world was scary real.  I could not imagine a world where your spouse is chosen for you.  I also could not imagine a world where women could no longer have children naturally and they had to be "made" in a lab.            I was horrified to realize that Olivia was imprisoned because her mother was a rarity.  Leaving the only home she has ever known was scary for me as I read the book.  I was glad she and Joshua were together through all of the hardships they faced.  This is one of those books that you really don't want to say too much because you would give away too much.  I will say that anyone who loved the Hunger Games will definitely love this book.  They will sit and tensely wait for the next book in this series.  After all, everything is not as it seems.
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
Another GREAT Dystopian Novel for Readers to enjoy! This book was so AMAZING! I LOVED the world Ruth has created in Aberrant! Aberrant was different then any Dystopian novel I have EVER read! The world is the scary truth of what might come to be if ALL of our women became unable to carry and conceive children, and had to have their babies MADE in a lab! Can you imagine a world with NO choices, NO say in who you marry and have children "MADE" with, or how many children you have, and having to give up your second born child! Can you imagine a world where you are locked inside of a wall and forced to NEVER go beyond the gates of your community! A world in where your job is assigned to you with NO say in your future whatsoever. A world where women and men are matched on their 18th Birthday and assigned a spouse to spend the rest of their life with, whether they love or care for that person or not! Not even able to have children, because every child has to be "MADE" in a lab, not conceived naturally! A world where you a forbidden any type of sexual interaction with your spouse, the ones the government has chosen for you to live the rest of your life with! Of course, their is an alternative! You could deny doing any of this and be exiled to the Treasuries Gravelands beyond the wall where all are doomed to either the starvation and dehydration if their lucky or be caught by the men that have somehow survived in the Gravelands and be raped, beaten, tortured and killed.... Well this is the life Oliva Parker lives in, and has lived in for the last 18 years. But all is about to change on The Day Of The Chosen when she is luckily matched with her best friend Joshua, to spend the rest of her life with. On The Day Of The Chosen Oliva is arrested and thrown in prison, without knowing why or what she did! Oliva can't fathom what she could have done, until she sees her mother brought in in handcuffs, then she gets her answers! Oliva is special, unlike the other people in the City of Genesis and anywhere else. She was born, not made. Oliva's mother was able to carry and conceive Oliva and has been able to hide it from the government for 18 years, and now on The Day Of The Chosen, ALL is revealed, and the government wants to silence Oliva and her mother before word gets out and their is an uprising for the governments lies! So Oliva and her mother are thrown in a jail cell to wait out their fate from the governor, when her best friend and now husband Joshua and his mother Rebeca break into the prison with the help of The Rebel Movement and help Oliva escape NOT only the prison, but the City and life Oliva has ever known. But what awaits her out there is NO better then what's inside the walls Oliva lives in. But she has no choice if she wants to live to see another day! Oliva and Joshua are thrown into the Gravelands and other walled communities in search of asylum and a chance at a new life for her and Joshua. But what they find out there could be even worse then what Oliva and Joshua thought! With many obstacles, and people out to get her and NO where to turn that's safe and with no food or means to survive, Oliva and Josh endure many heartaches and physical pain and have to start at the bottom of nothing and work their way up to have at least a life with each other, that is if they can do it without getting killed first! But who do you trust when everyone wants something from you! This book was fast-paced with action and adventure around EVERY corner! I loved Oliva and Joshua! I loved that they would do ANYTHING for each other and had an inseparable bond that NO ONE could break, even when others tried their hardest! When the book was over I was already wanting more of Josh and Olive and the world they lived in and fought for! Ruth is a REMARKABLE writer and has done a WONDERFUL job in this book. It's hard now a days to live up to ALL of the other good Dystopian Novels out there, but believe me when I say Aberrant lives up to them and MORE! Overall, I LOVED the plot, characters, pace, action, romance and devotion they had for each other and all that together has made it ONE HELL OF A GREAT NOVEL! I give this book an EASY SOLID 5 Stars and I am EAGERLY awaiting the next book in the series! 5 Stars
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Aberrant takes place in the future, the dystopian society of Cabal.  It is a world that seems ideal on the surface, the premise of absolute equality for everyone.  But it is soon clear that perhaps it isn't so ideal, with very little free will and free choice.  One of the most fundamental changes is the ability to have families in the traditional, the ability to conceive a thing of the past.  With it went the basic forms of intimacy.  Instead, marriage is less about love and more about being "matched" by the government.  Children are given to selected families through lottery, not choice.  And this is where the fun begins... There are not enough words for me to describe how much I loved this book.  I fell into it immediately, loving Olivia from the very beginning.  She was a bit of a rebel, a spark in her that I instantly related to.  Joshua was equally wonderful as a main character, and I think I adored him as much as I did because Olivia clearly adored him.  I felt every emotion right along with Olivia, frequently being angry with other characters as they seemingly used her for their own reasons.  The mystery and intrigue of the book made just about every other character more than a little suspect, which truly added to the suspense and the anticipation of the book. The world that the author created was phenomenal, from the physical side of it to the people that lived in it.  It blended the future with the contemporary in a way that made it entirely believable.  The pacing was perfect, with twists and turns that I never saw coming.  Questions were left unanswered, leaving me begging for the next book! Things to love about Aberrant...    --Olivia.  I loved her, absolutely.  I wanted to stand up and yell on her behalf.  I wanted to hug her.  I wanted to be her best friend.  She was strong, a rebel, and fiercely loyal to those she chose to trust.    --The intense emotions.  This book really drew me in and made me feel, a whole range of emotions.  I often felt like I was in the middle of the story right along with Olivia and Joshua. Things I wanted more of...    --Aberrant!! My recommendation:  A fantastic read that you won't be able to put down!
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
A Book Recipe For Aberrant By Ruth Silver Ingredients One part Divergent Series by Veronica Roth One part Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins One part Matched Series by Ally Condie Mixing Instructions: Take above ingredients. Mix as well as you would like. Layout on 240 (or so pages) and publish. Now wait, I know it takes more than that to write a book. There is a lot of blood, sweat and tears that go into creating a world and publishing a novel, but it was hard for me not to see the glaring pulls from some of the most popular young adult dystopian novels. There is potential here. I didn’t throw down this book after 50 pages in disgust because something didn’t sit right spatially in my head. The idea of women being infertile was intriguing, but put together haphazardly. It just needed more time in the lab. While my brain patiently waited for more development on how the women in Aberrant became infertile and how exactly the government intervened to help them conceive, I struggled with the poor editing of the book. This lead to confusion and a lot of page flipping to re-read. On page 34, Olivia’s mother (who disappears from the book completely) explains how Olivia came into the world. “I went to one of the doctors who helped eighteen years ago. I was concerned with the marriage ceremony because I thought you might unintentionally conceive a child.” … “The doctor betrayed us. She’s the only one I can’t think who would do this.” And then just a few pages later, Olivia explains this to Josh, the love of her life. “I’m different, Joshua. My mother didn’t win the lottery to have a daughter. Actually, she did win the lottery, but only because she had to. It was rigged because she was already pregnant with me.” I was scratching my head for a bit. I had to sit back and put the pieces together. From page 34 to page 41, there was nothing to lead the reader to that revelation. Olivia just threw it out there. What Olivia said does not match her mother’s story. How did she jump to that conclusion? There are seeds of a secret there and I wanted someone to spill the beans. So I kept reading. Was it a mistake to finish Aberrant? Maybe. I was anxious to get my questions answered…why were the women infertile? Who helped Olivia’s parents rig the lottery? Was Olivia’s father REALLY dead? None of the my questions were answered, but for some reason I was sucked into this book and insisted on finishing it. Finish the book, I did. Ms. Silver shows promise. I finished the book despite it not answering any of my questions. I connected with Olivia because of the loss of her father. There are some intriguing aspects about this world that I want to know more about. But in order for me to continue with the series, I would need to know that the remaining novels went through some extensive editing and clean up. The world also needs to be properly mapped out (walking through a tunnel in one night when it normally takes 2 days to traverse it. Seriously?). The world of Aberrant shows promise. The author needs to trust herself and stop borrowing so much from other authors. With some careful editing by outside sources and more time building the world and its rules, Aberrant could be a truly wonderful addition to the world of young adult dystopian fiction. But until that happens, I’ll be moving along.
Aisazia More than 1 year ago
The story started off decently but there are parts of this story that definitely reminded me of a few other YA novels I've read. I'm not going to make the comparisons but the parallels are there and some people may like or hate it. I'm fairly indifferent because the author does add her own twists to the story. The tone of the story is serious and the pacing is quick. I liked that a lot but I also felt like I was going no-where in the story because I didn't think every word was necessary to carry the story along. The characters are ok, I don't really care about any of them. Mostly because they feel one-dimensional to me, especially Joshua. I couldn't like him as much as I wanted, he didn't prove himself to me at all. I like Olive well enough but she doesn't stand out on her own as a complex character. I like the ending, I had actually been thrown off at the end which left me for wanting more. The story isn't quite realistic enough to be believable so don't go in expecting that. 3 out of 5 rating for me!
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Cassie3 More than 1 year ago
This was just an okay read.  It was fast-paced, with a fair number of twists and turns, and was involving enough to keep a reader entertained.  Unfortunately, both writing and story were on the simplistic side.   I found the characters likable, but they suffered from the shallowness of the storytelling.  Their motives weren’t examined deeply, their emotional reactions weren’t believable, and their actions weren’t very well thought-through.  They seemed to pretty much float through the story, reacting to what happened around them rather than thinking and deciding on a course of action. The plot had potential, but ended up full of cliches and logical holes.  As an obvious example, the idea of the government choosing who a person marries is a bit cliche (Matched, anyone?), but it could have worked here if we were given a good reason for it.  However, the reason we’re given makes no sense.  A breeding program.  Okay.  But no one actually ‘breeds’.  It’s all done in a lab.  So why the need for marriage?  On a side note, if no one is allowed a second child, and all children must be conceived in vitro, why do second children even exist?  Confusing.  Also, I never could quite figure out what the Rebel Alliance was all about (not to mention the name is distracting).  Who are they, and, frankly, why are they rebelling if the government is leaving them alone?  This supposedly cruel and oppressive government clearly knows there are large ‘rebel’ settlements, but they don’t do anything to interfere with them — we’re even told they mostly ignore them….  And, by the way, how are the rebels getting children?  Do they have their own in vitro labs?  They seem to have quite a lot of advanced technology (not suffering a huge amount of deprivation, it seems), including a teleporation device that for some reason our fleeing heroes are not put through.  Perhaps some of these questions will be answered in the sequels, but I’m not holding out a lot of hope, except maybe for more details on the rebels.  I still haven’t decided whether or not I’ll actually read the sequels.   Overall, I would say this is a decent book for a very light read, for someone who enjoys the young adult dystopian sub-genre, but for anyone looking too closely, it could be a disappointment. I recieved this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SL - Being different isn't easy. This story had action, it had romance.  It was a post war, every man or group for themselves. There is the government, rebels, and special ops groups.  All had a different agenda.  Each group was striving to get the upper hand in the chaos. The book made you care for the characters and the betrayal they felt.  Olive and Josh had been friends since they were three years old.  They shared their thoughts and secrets and love and sorrow.  The government and the rebels tried to tell them who they would marry.   There was no sex or touching in marriage, only working together in the state assigned partnership.  Babies were made in test tubes.  Olive was different.  She had been conceived the normal way.   You felt for her.  She didn't find out about any of this until she was arrested with her mother on her state assigned wedding day.  She was arrested because she was born in the normal way and shouldn't have been allowed to live.   Every group either wanted her dead or forcing her to have babies to spark the rebellion.   It is a story of their running from one fire into another, not sure who was friend or foe.  It was sweet to see their love growing as they face danger. The story ends in a kind of a cliff hanger.  You are almost on the edge of your seat waiting to see if they are with friend or foe again.  It was a well thought out story line.  It did jump quickly from one group to another and you weren't sure who the bad guys are, but hoped that it would all work out.  Were there some minor typos? yes, but you can get past that if you are into the story.  I liked this book and can't wait to read the rest.
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I took the last four days to read the entire series. Based on this first book in the series I attempted to give the author a chance by reading all 3 books on this very poorly editted and written book. This was a rudimentary attempt, at best, of writing a series that might have been halfway decent but for the disjointed writing. I'm not sure if the editor is to blame or if the book is just so poorly written that it's so bad. I love dystopian series. This was nothing like Hunger Games...not even close! I would not accuse this author of ripping off material as it is clear it was nowhere near the solid writing if Hunger Games trilogy. The conversations were ridiculous and childish, but I read this entire series to give it a chance. The storyline could have been quite good if not for poor writing. It was a crude attempt at best. Situations jumped out if nowhere with little or no explanation as to why they were included. I got the impression that the story would, maybe get better....sadly disappointing.
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JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
I still don't know how I feel about this book. I haven't read other dystopian books before, so this didn't leave a good impression on me. The premise of the story had me wanting to read it for a while, and the cover was a plus. What I did like was the overall idea, it was great, but how it was executed throughout the book was not my favorite part. I was disappointed at the end, because I was already expecting so much of this book. I felt that the very beginning had potential, but it all happened so fast that it left me with questions rather than answers. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren. She is excited to start her new life, but she gets arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Lost and confused, she finds out what is unique about her and because of that, she is forced to run for her life. Joshua helps her escape, and together they embark in a new adventure full of surprises and danger. But the more they learn about their surroundings, the more they question whether or not they are safe or not. They have each other, but is that enough to save one another? There were times in the book that had me thinking and very intrigued, but it wasn't for me. I wished there could have been more details to the story. The ending was good, it had a good transition to lead to the next book. I don't think I'm going to read the next book any time soon, but if I do, I hope it's a lot better. Overall, the story lacked execution, and details. The ending is promising, so I recommend this book to those that like dystopian books.  *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for honest review*
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I love dystopian novels. Admittedly, I've shied away from ones that aren't in the mainstream. The world-building is so important in dystopian novels and I've been hesitant to read the less-popular ones because I'm afraid they would be lacking the spark that books like Divergent and Hunger Games have. Aberrant showed me that I just might be missing out after all. Aberrant was a short and fast-paced. It was an engrossing read filled with lots of drama and the totally effed-upedness that I've come to expect from dystopian novels. The author jumped right into the drama with both feet. There's very little build-up to the story, and that's not a bad thing. It grabbed me from the start and held on through the cliffhanger at the end. Olivia and her childhood best friend, Joshua, are assigned to marry each other by the government. They're both relieved with this arrangement. Their relief is short-lived, however, as Olivia is arrested and Joshua helps break her out of prison. They go on the run and encounter one messed-up set of circumstances after another in this strange dystopian land. I won't give anything away because the drama is so good, the situations so bizarre, that you just need to experience them for yourself. The relationship between Olivia and Joshua is one of my favorite types: the friendship-first, slow-burn. (Or as slow of a burn as you can have in 250 pages.) They have been friends for years, but begin to see each other differently after their marriage and their time on the run. It's sweet and real. I was able to connect pretty well with both Olivia and Joshua. I wish there had been a little more character-development though. I know it's difficult to fully-develop an alternate world and characters in 250 pages, but I wanted a little more on the character end of things. That's the only thing I found lacking about the novel. All that said, I'm really glad I requested this book from NetGalley - and that I was approved. I have an ARC of Moirai, the second novel in the series, that I'll be reading this week to review for a blog tour at the end of the week. I can't wait to read it and see where Olivia and Joshua's story goes next. ***I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. ***
SheBookBlogs More than 1 year ago
3.5 out of 5 Stars: This one had me thinking. When government decides who you are with and how, more or less you will live your life. These dystopian books sometimes have me thinking. What kind of world will we live in 100 years? “I wasn’t looking forward to getting married. It was the requirement of the government for those who turned eighteen.” Characters: Joshua could not be any sweeter, kinder and loving. He loves Olivia, but he is her best friend. “Love, though, was a word hardly ever spoken in Gensis.” Olivia: At first I was a little irritated with her. She came off a little hurtful. I understand the circumstance she was in, but at times, I was not even sure why Joshua wanted to be with her. I think she was trying to come off as strong and independent, but I took it as unappreciative at times. However, as the story progressed, I saw a change and my opinion of her changed. The story moved at a good pace. I loved when Olivia read her father’s journal entries. “Children should not be won, but born from love.” I loved the whole premise of this book. Glad I read it. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
Book_Bling_Reviews More than 1 year ago
If you loved The Hunger Games, you will love Aberrant.  Silver weaves a Dystopian tale of whys and what ifs with enough fast-paced action and desperate moments to make this YA read a good choice even for those who don't normally choose Dystopian novels.  YA's, especially, will relate to the entire concept of being aberrant, with their hyper-awareness of fitting in by trying to be unique without being different.  The characters are believable and immediately evoke empathy from the reader.  Their peril is thought-provoking and its outcome is vital. Its difficult to toot the horn of this work's success without a spoiler fest, so the best thumbs-up I can give it is: Book Bling gives this work 5 Stars!
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AshleyRedbird More than 1 year ago
Dystopian is becoming my new favorite genre. There are so many different things you can do with this genre and I think that is why I like it. So many stories can come from it and they are all completely different. With Aberrant I almost got a Hunger Games vibe, only in the fact that they were chosen to do something that they had no choice in. I liked Olivia and Josh straight away from the beginning. You could feel a connection through them and even though they weren't completely honest at first with how they felt, deep down, I think they both knew. After the marriage ceremony this book picks up super fast and keeps going. It is a fast and adventurous ride. Right when you feel something needs to happen it does, it is both expected and unexpected. But it happens at the right moment so you are not bored at all with the book. The different trials and places both Josh and Olivia go through do not sound like anything fun, but they make it through with each other in hand. In Haven, I was a bit scared how things were going to turn out. I didn't like Haven right from the start. You could feel something sneaky going on there and it honestly wasnt that different then Genesis. The gravelands didn't seem to bad, but after Haven was the first time I really understood how ruthless they can be. I am all ready to read the second book in this series. This is by far my favorite dystopian book of 2013, and Ruth Silver is one of my new favorite authors!! Pick this book up!!! I love love loved it!!