Saturday, November 16, 2013

Review: Aberrant by Ruth Silver

Title: Aberrant (Aberrant #1)
Author: Ruth Silver
Published: Sept 23, 2013
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Format: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 0991789784


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.


Aberrant was, in a word, confusing. The plot was all over the place and much of it reminded me of other dystopian novels I have read. It didn’t feel cohesive and was definitely not very original. I never felt invested in the characters of Joshua and Olivia. In fact, this whole novel was a struggle to get through.

One storyline would kind of start to get flowing, then a big dramatic event would occur and Joshua and Olivia would escape somehow to something worse every time. Eventually, it wore thin and was just tiresome to read. For at least a third of the book, Joshua and Olivia have to refer to themselves as different names and it was so confusing. The writing was technically fine but lacked clarity and depth.

Overall, I am so sorry to say that Aberrant was a very disappointing read.

2 stars for Aberrant. 

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