Published April 2013 by Patchwork Press|Pages: 137
Series: Aberrant #1
Genre: Young Adult Dystopic
Aberrant is an e-ARC from netgalley.com, which has not influenced my review in any way
Goodreads 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.
Aberrant is definitely different, and I definitely liked it. For me, the best way to describe this book is Matched meets Children Of Men with maybe a touch of The Hunger Games. Matched (or even The Giver) because of the rules that Cabal has in place. Children Of Men, because Olivia is the last person on the planet who might be able to have a child naturally. And something about the rebels and fighting the government because they’re out to destroy Olivia made me think of The Hunger Games. Even though there are elements of Aberrant that reminded me of other books, I felt like Silver did a great job in making the story interesting and fast-paced.
I’m not sure how I feel about Olivia, who was likeable at some points, and not so much at other points. I totally get that being the last person on earth who can get pregnant naturally was a bit of a shock and that different groups are going to want to destroy it or exploit it or whatever. But there was a point where she seemed a little bit ungrateful for what people were trying to do help her. I understand not liking some of the rules put in place to help her, bu she could have been a lot more grateful. Olivia and Josh blended into the background, and while they are the main characters, I also felt like they were just there.
I felt like Aberrant could have been longer. I know it’s part of a series, but there were things that I wished were explored a little more. I am curious about the Shadow settlement, and I wish there was more time in Haven. You get the basics of what this world is like, and what’s going on, but I felt like things and people weren’t as developed as they could be. I’m still curious about what happens next, and if Olivia gets pregnant in a future book.
I liked Aberrant, and I think the premise of it is really interesting. I do wish Aberrant was longer, and more details about the government and the world Olivia lives in would have been nice. Still, I can’t wait to see what happens next. Aberrant gets 3 stars.