Thursday, 24 October 2013

Moirai Blog Tour - Aberrant Review & Moirai Excerpt & Giveaway

Title: Aberrant
Series: Aberrant Trilogy
Author: Ruth Silver
Release Date: April 17, 2013
Review Copy: ebook from author

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.
This book was an awesome fast paced dystopian!

The book starts with 5 year old Olivia discovering her dad was involved in a work fire and died. Then the first chapter starts when she's 18, close to the governments marriage day.  She's fortunate enough to be married to her best friend, Josh who has been her friend since the age of 5. Unfortunately, their perfect marriage is short lived, as she's thrown into jail.

Immediately we're thrown into this story. With it being a dystopian, you know there is going to be a rebellion of some sort. Once they threw her in jail I was like, "GIRL, what did you do?". Then she's joined by her mom, who tells her that she was born of natural conception, and not the lottery or, "The Day of the Chosen." Which is the lottery of which families are able to have children.  So, if you're following me, it makes Olivia the last woman on earth to have kids naturally.

Now, if she was going to stay in jail, there wouldn't be much of a book. She escapes with Josh and makes it to one of the rebellion cities, called Haven.

I give Olivia credit for making it after just having her life thrown upside down. Haven is a run down modern city. I sort of pictured it with modern buildings but just not taken as well care of.

Here is where the learning curve happens for Olivia, she learns about books that aren't forbidden, museums, cars and different foods like fish. For a character in a book, Olivia reacted and took in everything in a realistic way.

Poor Josh and Olivia couldn't catch a break. When they got to Haven, there were new rules, almost worse than what they had back at their home.

There are many discoveries within their time in Haven. Won't spoil what, so you'll just have to read it.

Luckily, or not, their time in Haven is short lived. Their hometown government caught up to them. Again, they're on the run.

They make it to another town, where the towns goal is to train people for the rebellion. Or so they're told.

Overall, this book is very underrated. Fans of dystopian books MUST check this one out. There is no slow pacing and then thrown a whole bunch of information. Which, by the way, I hate. I felt like all the different concepts of dystopia were thrown together and created this bad boy, or girl.

Check out an excerpt from Book 2

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.

About the Author
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.  Her debut novel published by Lazy Day Publishing, ABERRANT is scheduled for release April 2013.  Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager.  She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

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