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Aberrant by [Silver, Ruth]
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Length: 249 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"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." - A World of Words, Kayleigh

"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." - The Musings of a Book Addict, Sandra.

"Aberrant is a fantastic YA dystopian read! It is very intriguing and fast paced. I love the romance aspect and the whole dystopian setting. There is also a sci-fi element at the end that has me panting for the next book!" - Book Nerd, Ashley

"There are not enough words for me to describe how much I loved this book. I fell into it immediately, loving Olivia from the very beginning...This book really drew me in and made me feel, a whole range of emotions. I often felt like I was in the middle of the story right along with Olivia and Joshua." - The Caffeinated Diva, Kim.

"It was heart wrenching and fast paced, well written and yet kept me wanting more." - By The Bookful, Bethany

"The grass isn't always greener on the other side though and I was intrigued with all the twists and turns of this story. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I LOVE THAT!" - Romance Bookworm's Reviews

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#11 Teens
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From the Author

Aberrant was inspired from both novels that I loved reading, The Hunger Games and The Handmaid's Tale. It also is a culmination of ideas in society, personal experience, and of course creativity. In China, there is the one child rule. How far away is our world from saying, "you have one child, that's acceptable but anymore would take away from the resources we need for survival. You must hand over your second child, to take someplace else." One would hope that we'd speak out but if the government was oppressive, and if there was no free speech, you might quickly fear for you and your family's life. It's easy to see how the world could quickly become Dystopian, especially when that government is giving you everything you need to survive and could just as quickly cut you off and throw you into the Gravelands, or worse - kill you. 
I started writing Aberrant in early 2011 and finished it the summer of 2012. Within a few short months of searching for a publisher, LazyDay Publishing signed me and the rest is history!

The Aberrant Series is a Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Fantasy with some elements of romance.

Aberrant Series

Product Details

  • File Size: 983 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LazyDay Publishing (April 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
This wasn't a terrible book, but there's a couple of things that I just couldn't get over. But first, the good, because I'm feeling nice!
1) Fast paced. This is a blessing, and a curse. It's a blessing because like all book reviewers, I need to get through my books quickly so I can get to the next one. We don't like to be bored, because that slows us down. I burned through the 250 pages with ease because the plot kept moving. I like wanting to know what comes next, and that's what Aberrant did for me.
2) The ending. This isn't one of my spoiler-filled reviews, because deep down, I actually do enjoy not spoiling endings for people. But I will say that in the last couple of chapters, things really pick up. You're left wanting more at the end, and that's ALWAYS a good thing! Kudos to Ms. Silver.
3) THE PLOT TWIST. Yayyyyy, a plot twist I wasn't expecting! This is also towards the end, and it's one that caught me off guard.

Regardless of all this good, the bad just couldn't be ignored.
1) EDITING. PLEASE. FOR THE LOVE OF SEASONED SWEET POTATO FRIES, CAN WE PLEASE START REREADING WHAT WE WRITE?! I get that this is an ARC. I get that this is self published. But the grammatical errors were just STUPID. Like, mixing up "you're" with "your." COME ON! There are just so many of these.
2) The chapters. It's like the author wanted a bunch of chapters, and decided that when she felt it was the right time, she'd put some generic closing sentence at the end of a paragraph and then jump into a new chapter. Seriously, I started anticipating when the next chapter would appear. More often than not, I guessed correctly each time. Not. Okay.
3) The characters. Joshua had no depth. I couldn't picture this guy.
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Format: Paperback
Dystopian is becoming my new favorite genre. There are so many different things you can do with this genre and I think that is why I like it. So many stories can come from it and they are all completely different. With Aberrant I almost got a Hunger Games vibe, only in the fact that they were chosen to do something that they had no choice in.

I liked Olivia and Josh straight away from the beginning. You could feel a connection through them and even though they weren't completely honest at first with how they felt, deep down, I think they both knew. After the marriage ceremony this book picks up super fast and keeps going. It is a fast and adventurous ride. Right when you feel something needs to happen it does, it is both expected and unexpected. But it happens at the right moment so you are not bored at all with the book.

The different trials and places both Josh and Olivia go through do not sound like anything fun, but they make it through with each other in hand. In Haven, I was a bit scared how things were going to turn out. I didn't like Haven right from the start. You could feel something sneaky going on there and it honestly wasnt that different then Genesis. The gravelands didn't seem to bad, but after Haven was the first time I really understood how ruthless they can be.

I am all ready to read the second book in this series. This is by far my favorite dystopian book of 2013, and Ruth Silver is one of my new favorite authors!! Pick this book up!!! I love love loved it!

Reviewed by Ashley @ Step Into Fiction
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"Just a short time ago I'd been an ordinary eighteen-year old girl. Except the reality was, I wasn't ordinary. I was anything but ordinary. I was aberrant." (loc. 2785)

A plague and it's cure has wiped out civilizations' ability to naturally conceive children, and controlling governments keep their citizens under constant oppression as they dictate their day to day lives. Olivia Parker is the exception. After being forced to marry at eighteen, she looks towards her monotonous future of living in Genesis; lucky for her, she was forced to marry her best friend, Josh. A horrible series of events ensue as she finds out that not only was she born under abnormal circumstances, but that she may be the last woman with the ability to conceive. Trying to escape a life as a test subject, Olivia wanders with her best friend, Josh to find answers and a place to really call home.

"`Do you realize how important you are, Olivia?'" (loc. 854)

This book is quite unique and thrilling! Not just in subject matter, but in the constant upbeat pace that is set. There's never a dull moment. This is great because I never knew what to expect next, and it kept me wanting to read more and more as each chapter passed, just to find out where Olivia will end up next, and what consequences she might face just for the mere fact that she was born. I love how the different governments are described in how they want to use Olivia in their rebellious war, and how Olivia learns more about herself and the different systems of society. Everything that glitters is not gold, and she and Josh find this out the hard way. Olivia's determination in wanting control over her own body and life choices is admirable and she will go through any depths to get it.
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