My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 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! I could see this going into a NA book (which I kinda hope it goes that direction eventually), especially since the premise of the story is wanting a young girl to get pregnant, more specifically "do it" to save the human race. The ending was a tad bit clify, but I felt content with it.
Cover love and writing
I like the new cover much better than the original.. it was a bit rough. This one is much more interesting! I also like the writing style of Silver. It's not too much at once, and in a Dystopian book that is best. You don't get the whole new world shoved down your throat!
I really liked Olivia for the heroine of this story. She has down moments, but isn't too whiny or depressed. She was determined and headstrong. She very much cares about Josh and would do anything for her best friend/love of her life.
Swoonworthy points: 6.5
Aberrant had a few swoony points, but it was more of an adventure than romance. However, as I expressed earlier, I really think Silver could add a few more of the romantic elements in later in this series. I <3 Josh. He is super protective and sweet! I really like how their relationship built over time too!
Overall, this was a really good read, and a great start for a book series. I highly recommend it!
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