Blog Tour (ARC) Review + Excerpt: MOIRAI by Ruth Silver

by Ruth Silver
Series: Aberrant #2
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Published September 26th by Patchwork Press
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Olivia has been on the run from the government of Cabal since the marriage ceremony. Finally settling in and finding herself a place to call home, in Shadow, Olivia and Joshua are preparing for the uprising that they and the rebel alliance have been planning for months.

With new abilities and special talents, from Mindonsiphan, Olivia learns that she can do more than most ordinary eighteen year olds. Learning both to hide and perfect her skills will be one of the biggest challenges she'll be forced to face.

A constant rollercoaster of emotion and adventure await Olivia and Joshua, as they embark on a journey to the rebel city of Torv, and what was once home, Genesis.

Moirai E-book Cover

My feet crunched on weeds as I pushed my way through the waist-high grasses towards the river. It was rare anyone ventured outside of Shadow. In most cases leaving wasn't permitted. Was I breaking the rules by being here? I didn't know the answer to that question and hoped I wouldn't find out. Bending down, my body hid among the grasses as I dipped my bare feet into the water. I shivered and grimaced, scrunching my nose from the sensation. As quick as my feet had dipped into the icy cold water, I pulled them out. With a slight splash I heard a rustling in the distance.

“Who's there?” My voice echoed as I stood. I wasn't afraid. Shadow was my home. Although I'd ventured from the town, it wasn't far. I glanced in the direction of Shadow and could barely make out the community. Perhaps I'd traveled further than I thought.

The grass shifted in the distance and I felt my heart skip a beat. My eyes widened as I quickly took off for town. I ran as fast as my legs would take me. Gasping for breath, I refused to slow down. Whether it was an animal or an outlaw, I wasn't waiting around to find out. Swiftly, I headed for Shadow. My knees lifted higher off the ground with each bare step I took. I didn't turn around but I could hear the pounding of weight against grass. Whoever or whatever was behind me wasn't small or light and they were gaining on me. I didn't have time to scream as I felt a large body coming down hard on top of me. My face slammed into the grass, scratching my cheek as I gasped for breath. “Help!” The words barely left my lips as my head lolled up from the ground; someone ripped at my hair and slammed me fast back into the grass. I bit my bottom lip, tasting dirt as I jammed my elbow behind me. I had to think fast. I'd spent months in Shadow training and now was the time to use it!

“Having fun yet?” the voice echoed into my ear. The whispered breath made me shudder. I didn't recognize the voice. Was I supposed to? I couldn't turn my head around, no matter how hard I tried.


(This review might contain spoilers if you haven't read the first book, Aberrant.)

Wow! Time flew so fast... Moirai's finally released!

And this time, I was intrigued by the title itself! I have to admit it was my first time to encounter the word Moirai, and I learned that it means Fate.

In Aberrant, we learned how special Olivia's existence is in the futuristic society of Cabal - she's the last woman who can conceive a child naturally.

New allies. New secrets. New revelations
Moirai brought us new characters. At the first half of the book, I don't know who to trust. I'm not sure who is with Olivia's team, and who's against them.

There's this new character that really caught my attention from the first time I met her: Adelaide, whose existense bothered me from the time she was discovered. Well, at first I pity her. But I was confused of her actions. She's just a child and brought to Shadow when she survived the attack on Thena. She didn't even freak out. She never looked for her family or friends or whoever she knows back in Thena. It wasn't stated that she had a memory loss, so why didn't she look for her family in the first place? It's just... weird. And even the people of Shadow never noticed that, when they should. Then they found her with a dead man and they didn't even bother to interrogate her about it. Why?!

However, I love how Olivia became braver this time. She didn't consider herself special just because she is different. She knew it in herself that she can help in taking down the government. Olivia grew up in this sequel and I love it! Joshua, grew up too. He became more protective and understanding. They learned more about patience and self-control, knowing they must win the war first.

I love the series even more. This is well-written, and a fast-read dystopian novel. And to mention the change of the girl's hair in the covers! From blonde to red... it really fits the story of Olivia. I am really excited to find out what will happen next, on how Olivia and Joshua, together with the other characters will end in the third book, Isaura.


Don't miss the first book in the series, Aberrant

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.


Ruth Silver

Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.

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 novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.

Her favorite YA genre is a mix of Dystopian and Fantasy which is evident in the upcoming release of her latest book, Aberrant. Slated for release April 2013 by Lazy Day Publishing, it is the first in a trilogy.

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  1. Thanks for taking the time to read and review Moirai.


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