Aberrant

Aberrant

by Ruth Silver

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Aberrant by Ruth Silver

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: 9781478348665
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/28/2013
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

About 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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 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.  
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.
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.
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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. ***
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!!
Courtney_Elena More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! It is a must read!!!!
chocolateyes91 More than 1 year ago
Aberrant is a must read book! Even for those who aren't into reading much would love it. The book is all about a girl who hopes for a world much different from the one she lives in. She is told who to marry but has read about what romance and true love is and longs for it. Now it is up to her to change it all. READ READ READ!!!
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Aberrant kept me on the edge of my seat! It was like watching a movie when all you want is for a happy ending but there is danger everywhere they go. I think I held my breathe til the very end. Olivia and her best friend,Joshua, have been lead to believe they are the only city/town left.The government feeds them,shelters them,provides jobs for them,and tells them who they will marry.No worries right? Well not exactly,Olivia knows she should care who she marries but she does.She has read illegal books with romance in them so she knows there is more to marriage then the picture government has painted.She knows there is another way of making babies besides a lab, but no one is fertile. when her mother gets caught in an act of treason,Olivia must flee for her life. To her surprise Joshua flees with her.But just as she feels she is free from the government's control,the rebel forces want to control her.She is humanity's last hope.She has a gift that everyone seems to want to exploit. After the city they're in is attacked,they must flee again,into the unknown Gravelands. Can they survive on their own? Will they ever be free to live as they choose?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging characters, fast moving plot, just enough romance and plenty of action. I read this book in one sitting! I love dystopia books and this one goes to the top of my favorite lists. Recommend this book if you like young adult dystopia novels.