Thursday, 10 October 2013
Aberrant by Ruth Silver Review.
Title : Aberrant
Author : Ruth Silver
Pages : 240
Source : Netgalley
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 :
Ever since I first heard of Aberrant and saw the cover I knew I wanted to read it. I adore Dystopian and Post Apocalyptic reads.
Im not rehashing what the books about because the synopsis explains it perfectly!
I really really wanted to love this, the synopsis was awesome and I was looking forward to reading it but unfortunately it wasn't to be. The major reason I didn't like it was Olivia. To me she came across as so docile and tame and willing to do what everyone wanted. For example when Joshua breaks her out of prison she has no problem what so ever of leaving her mother behind!! Her mother tells her just once to leave without her and Olivia does with no argument.
Then when they get to the first town she is told she has to stay away from Joshua and, within the next 3 years, choose a husband to have a baby with. She is one second saying no way will she and then the next second saying she doesn't have a choice!!
The next town they go to they are made prisoners again and told that the next day they will be tested with the rest of the recruits and if they don't pass they will basically be killed. Not once did they try to demand answers or resist or even try to escape!!
Then they get injected with something and are suddenly able to hear each other thoughts and do you think they might of freaked out (I know I would) NO THEY DIDN'T.
Ugh I was reading it and wanted to grab both of them and say grow a backbone!!!
Also in the world the author created they have teleportation devices, are able to inject something into you to give you extra powers, immediately heal some wounds but they cant cure or find a cure for the infertility problem!!
Now I will say it wasn't all bad, if you can over look the above problems then the book is good. Its kind of like Divergent and Matched all rolled into one. Its faced past and has a great concept. The world building was what kept me reading and the author did have some fresh ideas. I enjoyed reading it but there was too much that annoyed me for me to give it a higher rating.