Series: Aberrant #2
Published by LazyDay Publishing (eBook), Patchwork Press (print) on September 26, 2013
*I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
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 prepare for the uprising that they and the rebel alliance have been planning for months.
With new abilities and special talents from Mindonsiphan, Olivia learns 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.
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.
Guest Post | Ruth Silver
Where did you get the idea for the Aberrant series?
The idea for the Aberrant series came from quite a few ideas. I loved dystopian fiction and have read a lot of it since the craze of The Hunger Games. Dystopian fiction often entails a government system that is cruel and unjust towards its people. I wanted the series Aberrant to begin with a system that was designed to be perfect and help everyone. In current society, there are a lot of people without food and jobs. Those that do have a home are finding because they’re laid off, they can’t afford their mortgage and are foreclosing on their property. I wanted the story of Aberrant to begin with a government system that didn’t seem all that terrible. In Cabal’s strive towards attaining perfection, something inherently goes wrong. People are unable to naturally conceive and in this perfect (utopian style government), dystopia is born so that humanity can live on.
Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication in the spring of 2005. 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.Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.You can visit her online at http://writeawaybliss.com
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What I Thought . . .
I read the first book in this series, Aberrant, a few months ago and found myself instantly hooked. If you are a fan of The Hunger Games and Divergent, then you will truly enjoy this series. Once again, Ruth Silver did not disappoint me. I was so excited to be able to read Moirai and find out what happened next in Olivia’s journey.
The beginning of the book instantly hooks you and you continue to stay hooked throughout it. The detail in the story from the characters to the setting was picturesque and captured my attention as a reader. And just like in the first book, I feel in love with the relationship between Joshua and Olivia. Their relationship seemed to reach an entirely new level in this book and I enjoyed being able to read along and follow them as their relationship developed even more. Both Olivia and Joshua seem wise beyond their years, especially for 18 year olds. I have respect for them as characters going through this journey, especially since they seem to realize that they still have a ways to go before they are ready to take their relationship to the next level. I am excited to continue on this journey with them in the upcoming third installment in the Aberrant series.
Overall, this book was a fun read and one that held my attention each and every page. I truly enjoy the dystopian world Ruth has created, as well as the characters I have grown to know and understand. I will say, as you read this book, as well as the first, you’re in for a ride and a few twists and turns along the way. But it is worth every nail bite and anxious twitch!
4.5 out of 5 stars.