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Aberrant Kindle Edition
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ABERRANT tries to be everyone's friend. Kinda like those people you meet who seem to change and morph into a completely new personality right before your eyes depending on what crowd they're in or who they're speaking to, but otherwise seem devoid of their own authentic personality. Maybe they had one once, but they've been pretending to be so many other people for so long in order to fit in, they've forgotten.
You can't please all of the people all of the time. And you can't fool all of the people, either. Adding lots of different (and familiar) ideas from the dystopian genre all into one book, didn't make this the Über Dystopian the author was probably hoping for - the one that has it all, the best bits from all the bestsellers. No, no. It really didn't. It just made a mish mash, a hodge podge of different individual stories that did not, in any way, work as a whole.
As the characters moved from location to location it was like moving through each familiar book. "Oh, look! Now we're in the Hunger Games section!" Or like the author wasn't sure which story she wanted to tell, so she flitted and drifted and refused to settle on one idea. I haven't recapped the plot in my review for this very reason; it was too messy. It would take too long to explain all the little mini stories.
So, this one wasn't the book for me, sadly, but I do love that cover...
2 Stars ★★
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Ruth Silver is one talented lady! With a believable concept which in all honesty doesn't feel that far from home, our main character, Olivia, guides us through the beauty, horror and struggle, that is life in her world. The book opens with so much emotion that I was sucked in within the Prologue. This is very rare for me and I have been tempted to skip that part of a book before. The book is paced perfectly for its story and doesn't seem to keep all of the action for the last chapter, something is always going on without a need for force.
I will admit there are some errors in the book, which I will discuss with the author soon and see if it's something which can be fixed for future readers, but even with the errors (there's only a couple) it doesn't detract from the story. I still absolutely loved it! I even went up to bed and huddled under my covers to read just that little bit more! Once you pick this book up you will never want to put it down. The story will be etched into the back of your mind begging you to allow it "just another 5 minutes".
The book is available on Kindle and paperback - both available here on amazon!
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This absolute gem of a page turner demands your attention and rightly so! This book deserves a comfy sofa and only the very best coffee you can lay your hands on! You're in for one hell of a ride!
Things on earth are no longer flourishing after world war 3&4 a plague and a deadly vaccination; so we can say earth is pretty much in rewinds. Town are now run by the government with stick rules and harsh punishment. Can you believe they flagged people, I was shocked.
Imagine all that we take for granted taken away no choice in what we do or even who we marry.
Babes are now made in labs, relationship are forbidden until the age of 18 when the government choose who you marry. That was the case for childhood best friends Olivia Parker and Joshua Warren.
They could not be more over joyed by the news however their joy is short lived....and that my friends is the start of one of the most action packed suspense fill stories I have ever read.
Their journey of discovery off all thing forbidden was just amazing. Not only that but they have to fight for each other and to stay alive.
They face such adversity, but that did not affect their bond or sense of humor.
very well written and fast pace.
If you liked the hunger games you will love this
4.5 page turning stars for all the suspense and drama
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was thrown headfirst into the action, first meeting Olivia when she is preparing for her wedding day. This piqued my interest, which was held right the way to the end. It was a brilliant dystopian plot, full of turns that I wasn't expecting. It reminded me a bit of The Hunger Games and Brave New World, in that the government was very much in control - so much so that it could control the most intimate of features in its inhabitants' lives. There's a lot of uncertainty throughout the book as to what will happen to Olivia. She's often not as safe as she would like to be, and feels the weight of expectation, the latter of which is something I think a lot of young adults can relate to.
I think what enhanced the book for me was Olivia and Joshua. Their relationship is written really well; as best friends with a complicated aspect thrown in, there's the right touch of familiarity versus the unknown. Throughout, they work as a team, the realism of which I liked - it makes a change to the power games that appear in other YA books where sexual tension is at the forefront. Josh and Olivia have been raised in an environment where conception - and therefore sex - doesn't happen, which made a really refreshing change. Even though they're 18, the reader is able to see certain realisations bloom in their minds, and that was great to read!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Series: Aberrant (#1)
Author: Ruth Silver
Release Date: 16th April 2013
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley &... Read more
Fast paced, lots of action, intriguing characters, and a great start to a series. Handmaid's Tale meets the YA crowd in this dystopian saga of love, heartache, government control,... Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2014 by Jessica King
Ruth Silver is obviously heavily influenced by popular young adult dystopian fiction, particularly The Hunger Games and Divergent and though echoes of both books are visible in... Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2014 by kirstyv
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley. Thanks to Patchwork Press and Ruth Silver*
The Day of the Chosen starts perfectly for... Read more
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. Read more
Amazing book, couldn't put it down! has a unique look to the dystopian future. Perfect for hunger games, divergent and legend fans xxPublished on 14 Jun. 2013 by Paige
After leaving Genesis Olivia and Joshua are taken to Haven, one of the rebellion towns, where they are given a new set of rules to follow; one of which is to stay away from each... Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2013 by Ashton Williams-Shone
Aberrant was not what I was expecting, it was better! It was a mix of Divergent and The Hunger Games in one, creating a romance to die for and an action/adventure that will have... Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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