Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Aberrant by Ruth Silver

Publisher:  Lazy Day Publishing

Format:  ebook

Source:  Received a review copy from author

Genre:  Young Adult, Dystopian

Book Synopsis:

            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:
             I absolutely love reading dystopian novels.  We just finished doing a study of dystopian literature, music and poetry in my middle grade class.  There was no hesitation in agreeing to read and review this book.  Ruth Silver is a very talented writer.  The world she created is so realistic that  as a reader I was sucked into it from the beginning.  I was carried along with the action right along with Olivia and Joshua.  With the advances we are making in science today this world was scary real.  I could not imagine a world where your spouse is chosen for you.  I also could not imagine a world where women could no longer have children naturally and they had to be "made" in a lab.

           I was horrified to realize that Olivia was imprisoned because her mother was a rarity.  Leaving the only home she has ever known was scary for me as I read the book.  I was glad she and Joshua were together through all of the hardships they faced.  This is one of those books that you really don't want to say too much because you would give away too much.  I will say that anyone who loved the Hunger Games will definitely love this book.  They will sit and tensely wait for the next book in this series.  After all, everything is not as it seems.

Author Biography:

            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.  Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.  Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia.  Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing.  She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories.  Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager.  She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. You can find Ruth by following her on Twitter @writeawaybliss, or on Facebook: writeawaybliss

The paper back edition of this book comes out July 9th.

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  1. Sandra, thank you so much for hosting Aberrant on The Musings of a Book Addict.

  2. I enjoy YA dystopian, Hunger Games and Divergent got me hooked. I like the alternate realities and creativity that goes into creating a whole other place, time and circumstances. Thanks for the chance to win.