Series: Aberrant #1
on September 23, 2013
Published by Patchwork Press Format: eBook
Source: E-Book, Review E-Book
Genres: Dystopian, Romance
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.Goodreads
ABERRANT by RUTH SILVER has a “Hunger Games/Divergent-esque” feel to it. We open with Olivia and Joshua worrying about their communities upcoming “forced marriages”, each secretly wishing they get chosen for one another. From my current perspective I see a perfect community. There is no hunger, medical care for all who need it, even breeding is done for you, basically the government has taken any and all decisions out of your hands. All you need to worry about is following a few rules and marrying whom they chose for you. However I was feeling undercurrents of tension in the story as I read towards the great marriage ceremony scene.
What drew me into this book was just that. It (the Dystopian society named Cabal) represents itself as the perfect place to live, yet you felt there was something stirring beneath the surface, and I was excited to discover not only what it was, but who was at the head of the rebellion. I for one was happy the action came quick in “Aberrant”. I wasn’t given a chance to get bored, or overwhelmed by the same old-same old Dystopian society.
I loved Olivia. She was the perfect heroine. Josh was a sweetheart, but I felt he was the weaker link in a lot of ways.Don’t get me wrong, he was far from a wuss. He stepped up when it was time to. Olivia was given the strength card in this story. She had a lot more to lose and she handled each “wack” with grace.
Aberrant surprised me. I honestly didn’t see much more depth to the story than the back covers blurb. If it were based solely on the back covers blurb, it would still be a great little Dystopian tale. Their brief trip through the “Gravelands”, learning more about Olivia, her Mom,the virus, why they are so important, yet so dangerous, Haven (where they ended up) threw me for a loop a few times.Aberrant’s world was definitely bleak and dreary, but the technology that was shown to us was fabulous. It was these kinds of twists that cemented my love for the story and the characters. Silver took an already good Dystopian tale & made it that much better with her realistic portrayal of the world she was writing about. This book is honestly the PERFECT “Stocking Stuffer” for the Dystopian fan on your Christmas List this year!
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