Aberrant – Book Review



Author – Ruth Silver
Publication date: April, 2013
249 pages
Kindle, paperback
Dystopian series


Book Description from Amazon

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.

My thoughts

Liked the character of Olivia Parker but felt the writer needed to develop the character of Joshua Warren more. His character mostly resulted from his connection to Olivia and what she was doing.

The book had some similarities to The Hunger Games and Divergent but I thought it held it’s own as a story. I liked it better than Divergent.

I also liked the short chapters and the twist towards the end.

Will probably read the next one, hoping Joshua has more character.

Other books by Ruth Silver:

Moirai (Aberrant 2)
Isaura (Aberrant 3)
A Novel Idea: Writing in an Art
I Want to be a Princess


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