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author: Ruth Silver
series: Aberrant #2
published: 25 September 2013
publisher: Patchwork Press
genre(s): dystopian, sci fi, thrillers
source: author, book tour
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Olivia has been on the run from the government of Cabal since the marriage ceremony. Finally settling in and finding herself a place to call home in Shadow, Olivia and Joshua prepare for the uprising that they and the rebel alliance have been planning for months.
With new abilities and special talents from Mindonsiphan, Olivia learns she can do more than most ordinary eighteen year olds. Learning both to hide and perfect her skills will be one of the biggest challenges she'll be forced to face.
A constant rollercoaster of emotion and adventure await Olivia and Joshua as they embark on a journey to the rebel city of Torv, and what was once home, Genesis.
I absolutely loved Aberrant, completely unable to put it down, so I was thrilled to get my hands on this book! It did NOT disappoint! The action pulls you in right from the beginning and you are right back in the midst of Olivia and Joshua’s new lives. One of the things that I loved most about the first book was how much I was emotionally affected by the things that were happening to Olivia. That same feeling was definitely a part of this one. Ruth is masterful at creating characters, and equally masterful at creating suspense that grabs the reader by the throat and holds them hostage!
The suspense, the uncertainty… those were the things that kept me turning the pages. I (meaning Olivia!) had no idea who to trust, who was truly who they portrayed themselves as. Even after finishing this installment, I am still unsure of some of these characters! I have my eye on Chloe, which will mean nothing UNLESS YOU READ THESE BOOKS!
The world building is amazing, just as it was in the first. This dystopian world, heavily laced with science fiction, is a world that is at the same time both foreign and entirely believable. We venture to new places in this world, places that make you pray that our world today never turns into that world..
And finally, Olivia and Joshua. They are such a beautiful couple, thrown together during impossible times and forced to live beyond their years. In many ways, they are living for everyone else EXCEPT themselves. But they remain true to one another. What I love the most about their relationship is how it was written by the author. Many times when young adults in fiction are forced to grow faster than that which is normal, their relationships are pushed that way, too. That doesn’t happen here; instead, their relationship progresses as THEY want it to, the one thing that they do for themselves!