Thursday, June 20, 2013

Aberrant by Ruth Silver

Author: Ruth Silver
Publication date: April 28th 2013 (paperback)
Genre: YA Dystopian

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

One of my favorite genres is dystopian so I was thrilled when Ruth sent me a copy of Aberrant to read and review. Aberrant is the first in a trilogy. 

The government matches up couples in the graduating class. Olivia is thrilled to be matched with her friend Joshua. She is looking forward to her new life when she is arrested. She is arrested because she was born the old fashioned way instead of in a lab. Joshua helps her escape jail. 

Cabal is a pretty scary place. I cannot imagine being required to marry a person that the government chooses for me and having to follow a bunch of rules. Of course, if you follow the rules, life is ok. But if you don't, the punishment is fast.

Without giving away anymore of the plot, I thought that Aberrant was a well developed novel but not terribly original. The pacing was good and there was quite a bit of action. A few twists that weren't expected.

Olivia was a bit annoying at points but generally was well developed, as was Joshua. I'm looking forward to reading more about them in book #2. 

3/5 solid book with lots of potential in upcoming books


  1. I've seen this one mentioned quite a bit on various blogs. It's one I'd probably snap up if I came across it to stash away for a reading slump. Thanks for another fantabulous review. :)

    1. They did really good with the blitz on this one. Lots of great blogs are promoting it. If you get to it, I hope you enjoy it ;-)

  2. Great review! There's a HUGE giveaway going around the blogosphere with a SIGNED copy of this book, a character with your name in the next book and a $25 Amazon gift card! Here's a link:


    1. Yep...I had that contest on here yesterday during the blitz. Great prizes!

  3. I haven't heard of this book, but thanks for another GREAT review! Can't wait to see you Saturday!!



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