by Ruth Silver
Series: Aberrant #1
Published by Lazy Day Publishing Release date : April 17th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
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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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Aberrant is one of those books that I have seen making waves across the web lately. My bloggers friends had read it. It has quite a few 4 and 5 star rating on Amazon and Goodreads. AND. I did participate in the Blitz! a few weeks back. Needless to say, this was one that caught my attention. While this is a pretty good, I had some issues getting INTO the story and found some of the details… lacking.
The story was told from Olivia’s POV. Although I would have loved some scenes from Joshua as well. The book started out pretty slow– but not in a bad way. I like being able to get a clear picture of our MC with some added back story, so I thought that was done well. After the fist 10% or so, things quickly pick up and I enjoyed the change off pace. There was really no room to breathe and it just kept getting worse and more grim for Olivia, the further she traveled.. er ran… I was hoping for a little more details with the world building in the beginning, since I was pretty damn confused for a while. We learn more about the Government and rebel cause along with Olivia as the story progresses. Some of which I STILL don’t fully understand.
I am not one for Maps, but I would have LOVED one for this book. There is mention of a Government. Genesis. Haven. And lastly, Shadow. I could not picture these places on a map and honestly, whom and what these separate places were associated with. Save for Genesis; who was obviously apart of the “Government.” Haven, especially confused me. However, I thought the concept of infertility was quite fascinating. Assuming everyone’s assumptions about Olivia are correct; she is the only person left that can conceive naturally, not with the aid of labs. That’s some pretty heavy stuff.
Olivia was a like-able character. I felt for her, truly I did. Things just kind of blew up for her and she had to adapt and change. She has some remarkable character growth as well. I would think with someone with her predicament she would be a little more sympathetic and willing to help– then again, I completely back her up. That is a HEAVY burden for anyone and she had no qualms about telling everything where they could stick it and their plans. As for Josh; it’s difficult for me to be attached to a relationship where a.) they are best friends before the book started/turned into more or b.) Said feelings for the love interest were already established before the start of the story. Their relationship had both. It was sweet, cute and at times, heart warming but that FLARE just wasn’t there for me. Joshua was an ass at times– especially in Haven– but you can tell he cares for Olivia and would stop at nothing to protect her. That’s enough for me.
Also, just a note. There were some added “procedures” to our main characters towards the end; and I can honestly say I haven’t the SLIGHTEST clue as to the point. Someone, please explain this to me.
Overall- I really did enjoy it. There were quit a few twists thrown in that I hadn’t seen coming. I do wish I would have been more invested in the story. I am continuing the series since I am TOO curious to see how these events pan out. Fast paced and non stop action, Aberrant is a great addition to the Dystopian Genre.
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