Aberrant (Aberrant #1)
by Ruth Silver
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Published April 28th 2013 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 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.
Dystopian fiction is my favorite genre so far. And the synopsis of this book is too good and interesting so I didn't hesitate signing up for a review on this tour.
The story started with a sad tragedy for Olivia and her family. However, thanks to Joshua, her bestfriend, that she was able to move on with her life. In the society of Olivia, every teen who turns 18 is willed to marry whoever is matched to him/her by the government itself. Fortunately, Olivia is matched to her bestfriend, Joshua. But something about her made her different from the other girls her age: she was conceived naturally. When the government found out what she is, they treated her as a threat to them, to their plans, and most of all, to their secret so and they imprisoned her. Later on, she was freed by Joshua's mother, with the help of the Rebel Alliance. But still, she doesn't know why she was captured, why the Rebel Alliance helped her, and what do they want from her.
Without knowing who to trust to except each other, Olivia and Joshua went into a journey outside Genesis, and outside the Rebel Alliance. I love how Joshua remained by Olive's side even if it means risking his life too. Their marriage is not applicable outside Cabal, but he still treats Olive as his real wife (he proposed to her in the middle of their problem!) and I think it's too sweet. Not many girl-boy-bestfriends end up liking and loving each other, but Olive and Joshua made it possible. Plus, majority of the people their age doesn't know a thing about love and passion. I think it's kinda weird to feel something your body wants and you don;t exactly know what it is. In addition to that, I was amazed by the uniqueness of Olivia's being. Knowing that you're the only one who can give natural birth, how will you react to that? And what will you do? Me? I don't know. Honestly. Haha.
However, I do believe that the concept of this book is not entirely original. Reading it will give you glimpses of other dystopian novels like The Hunger Games and Divergent. But reading this, I didn't actually care at all. Ruth Silver surprised me by adding shocking twists and revelations in the story. And that did not disappoint me from the first page until the end. I'm totally looking forward to know more revelations as Olivia and Joshua continue on their journey.
For dystopian fiction lovers out there, I recommend this good read to you!
I REALLY LIKED IT!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of Aberrant. The Young Adult/New Adult Romantic Dystopian Adventure, Aberrant is the first in a trilogy, released April 17th, 2013. Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time.
She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication. 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. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.
Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA/NA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She also enjoys photography, traveling and of most of all writing.
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