Book Title: Aberrant (Aberrant #1)
Author: Ruth Silver
Publish Date: September 23rd, 2013
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Series: Book 1 in Aberrant series
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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.
Disclaimer: I received this e-book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I absolutely adore the dystopian genre so I was really hoping that I would love this one as well. Thankfully I was not disappointed at all. Overall the characters were interesting and likable which is definitely a plus in my book.
The idea of picking a mate for your younger inhabitants is not all that different than the arranged marriage idea that is still rampant in many cultures. However, very rarely do people get matched up who are already attracted to each other. That’s what happened to Olivia when she is matched up with Joshua. Things are all set to take off between the two of them when Olivia is whisked off to jail.
With the help of his mother, Joshua springs Olivia from jail and then they are on the run. They arrive at Haven, a promised rebel town and before they can blink, they must adapt to different rules and regulations. They meet new people and they must figure out if these people are to be trusted or if their guard should remain up.
I loved this book. It was interesting and the idea of Olivia being the last woman on the planet able to conceive a child naturally was really interesting.That’s not a concept I have seen before so I was very interested in it. This book really didn’t give me the feels that I was looking for but I enjoyed it and thought it was well written with good character development and pretty decent world building. So this book gets four stars from me.