Aberrant by Ruth Silver
Source: Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review, no compensation.
Publisher: Self Published
Release date: April 28th, 2013
Series: Book #1
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian
Synopsis via 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.
Dystopian novels are all the craze these days and with so many out there I was hesitant to start another. However, I couldn't put this down, I read straight through the night. This book is a great mix of The Hunger Games, The Matched Series, and the Delirium Novels. There are fights, a guy risking it all for a girl, and forbidden love. Of course, there are the usual dystopian aspects like some sort of rebellion, a broken down way of life, and someone always fighting for their life. I am so glad I picked this book up because it is a darn good dystopian tale.
This books starts out running without a page wasted with filler, just pure goodness. Olivia's entire existence is illegal and only hours after being "matched" with Joshua she almost loses everything. Joshua runs to her rescue and together they depart for Haven; a city just as promising as District 13. However, it is not as pleasant or safe as they thought. Joshua and Olivia's love is tested in Haven and it broke me to pieces wondering how it would all end. With the last set of working ovaries in the world, Olivia's life might not end happily after all. AHH dystopian novels.
I would recommend this book to anyone that loves dystopian novels and any YA readers! Ruth Silver created a dystopian world that is unique, twisted, and just so darn intriguing. The way the book ends leaves you hungry for more!
Second Book in the Series out SOON!