Book Review: Aberrant by Ruth Silver


Title:  Aberrant

Author:  Ruth Silver

Series:  Aberrant

Publisher:  Patchwork Press

Release Date: 4/28/13


Book Summary:

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 is a dystopian novel with some sci-fi thrown in.  I especially enjoyed the sci-fi aspect and I’m looking forward to reading the next novel because I believe that theme will be expanded.
One of the interesting aspects of the novel is that there was no “good” government or society.  Each had a totalitarian aspect and it was nerve-wracking that each time they reached “safety”, things didn’t turn out that well.
I also enjoy genetic manipulation themes in books.  So I’m looking forward to learning more about how they will work towards correcting the sterility of the population.  And there’s another part of the book that is along this line… but I’m not going to spoil it for you.
The themes in the story weren’t new, but I felt that they were put together into an interesting story.  I’m looking forward to the next book,  Moirai, due out in September 2013.
Rating: 3.5 Stars – Good Book
Langauge: I don’t recall any swearing
Sex: Some kissing and talking about it
Violence: Some fairly mild violence
Source: NetGalley
Aberrant is available on Amazon and B&N.  The ebook is currently only $4.99.