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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 14mm | 318g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1478348666
  • 9781478348665
  • 1,447,302

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1,536 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 33% (513)
4 30% (454)
3 23% (356)
2 8% (129)
1 5% (84)

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What do you get when you combine Divergent with The Hunger Games and sprinkle in a little Captain America? Aberrant. The Oxford English Dictionary defines Aberrant as: adj. Departing from an accepted standard; Diverging from the normal type. I was quite surprised to find that this book fit that definition very well, to the point where it stood out among a genre that is overflowing with options to choose from and made itself different. We meet Olivia in the city of Genesis, a town that was set up as a breeding city after the 4th world war and a plague decimated most of the world and left the population unable to conceive naturally. At least that's what they all think. Enter Olivia Parker, 18 year old daughter of a widow, on her matching ceremony day. Nervous just like the rest of her class to find out who the government has chosen her to spend the rest of her life with within her own graduating lot. 18 years old and terrified of what's gong to happened, Olivia is matched with Joshua Warren, there are worse things than being paired with your best friend since the age of 5 so thins seem to be looking up, until she is arrested hours later by the governor and thrown in jail.... What for you may ask? Olivia is the only person on the earth that can conceive. Her mother boar her and now everyone thinks that has been passed to her. The government wants her either dead or in one of their labs, but Joshua's mother helps them escape to a town outside of Genesis named Haven, a city part of the Rebel Alliance trying to rise up against government control. The feelings of relief and freedom soon evaporates when the plans of the Rebel Alliance are spelled out for Olivia, but what does this mean for her and her future? And what does it means for her feelings towards Joshua? Will they stay in Haven? Will the government find her? SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! I'm sorry but I'm not going to answer ANY of them because YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! I'm going to give you the main reason I feel this way. Main. Female. Lead. I loved Olivia. What I require for me to like a main character, strength, poise, a little vulnerability and resolve, she possess. I felt like she never wavered from what she thought was right and what she wanted. Yes, plans changed a number of times but although the grander scheme shifted almost from page to page, at the core of the story was one girl who might be special but really lead with her heart first and foremost and then with her head. It worked for me, she didn't just do things for a boy and she didn't turn her back on anyone for the greater cause, Olivia balanced out what was right and moral or what she felt was her duty with this new found freedom of doing things her way or what she wanted to do not what everyone else told her to do. That is BRILLIANT. A girl who can stand on her own two feet and still love someone in a natural and not-immediate manner? WE NEED MORE OF THIS IN LITERATURE. Olivia Parker sold the book for me, but I really did love the whole package. You get a clear picture of what world these characters are living in and that world is massive. Not only do you have government and rebels and gravelands (the nasty open deserts between cities) but you can see the clear distinction of environments as it changes. Taking great characters and putting them into a complete setting is not something that is easily found and this book has it! Add in all the unique things that you'll find scattered everywhere within the story and it made Aberrant one of my favorite books of the year, I CAN NOT WAIT for a sequel!!!show more
by Kathy Horsman
While reading Aberrant, I found that it reminded me of Matched by Ally Condie, and in other placed Eve by Anna Carey. The government has been lying to the population. (Just like most other dystopian novels.)They control what they eat, where they work, who they marry, how many children they have, things that we take for granted. Aberrant started off really well, I was interested in the characters and wanted to see where they ended up...but by half-way through I wasn't really taking it in. I would much rather have read about Jacqueline, the girl who got taken away from her mother when she was a baby, then read about Olive who didn't really know anything about the world. I know it's not Olive's fault that she doesn't know what Christmas is, or what a kiss is, but most of the dystopian books centre around the same character. It's never a bad-ass girl who's lived in the 'real-world' for ages and knows the ropes, is it? (Okay, in some books, yes.) Anyway, my point is, it's not Olive's fault. It's the governments fault. I get so frustrated with these fictional governments. I don't do well with authority figures. (Obviously!) Let's talk Romance... The romance between Joshua and Olive was very innocent. Joshua has no idea what a kiss is, let alone sex. (Olive does because she read books about the olden days. It wasn't 50 Shades of Grey was it???) Olive has always loved Joshua, and is thrilled when they get paired together to be married. (Which is good because no insta-lurve.) Now, here's the interesting bit. Olive's mother conceived Olive naturally, so the government is after Olive to run tests on her so see if she can convince naturally too. (WITH DA SEX, BABY WHOO!) The rest of the population can't conceive, they are part of a lottery system that gives them babies whenever it's their turn. (The babies are 'born' in labs.) I think that the second book is going to be very interesting as it explores this, because there's also a war going on and obviously, Olive is going to try and get preggers...maybe. We'll see what Ruth thinks. Overall, first quarter...GREAT! Second and third quarters...YEAH, OKAY. COOL. Last part...YEAH! THIS IS INTERESTING AGAIN! I would recommend Aberrant so readers who enjoyed Eve, Matched and Crewel as they contain similar subjects.show more
by Amanda Wildish
You know what they say, time goes fast when your having fun. Going by that premise, I must have bee having the time of my life as I read Aberrant, Ruth Silver's debut novel in one sitting and I didn't feel like a minute had gone by, let alone the many hours that actually did! From the Prologue to the last page Ruth Silver had me excitedly flipping through the pages wanting to know what's happening next. I was actually surprised when I got to the last page as it slowly dawned on me that the book already finished and I didn't even know it was close to finishing! It wasn't left on a cliffhanger but I had not been aware that the book was coming to an end, that's how much I was enjoying it! Olivia Parker is unlike any other child, she is conceived naturally at a time and place where this has not been the norm for quite some time. When the Government finds out they arrest Olivia and her Mother, Samantha immediately, ensuring their secret remains hidden, but when the Rebel Alliance steps in and helps Olivia escape she is able to breathe easy knowing she's got allies. Unfortunately, as Olivia and her best friend, Joshua, makes the journey to the Rebel Alliance town of Haven, what they find when they arrive there is not much better than what they left at their hometown of Genesis, there are rules and there are expectations for Olivia. Is one governing body really better than the other? Could the couple trust anyone or are they in it all alone? Aberrant is a fast-paced debut novel that was filled with action and heart thumping moments, as readers are constantly made to guess who can be trusted and what their ulterior motives were. I absolutely loved the main characters, Olivia and Joshua, they were both very mature and sensible from the beginning. These qualities really helped them through their journey as they deciphered who they could and couldn't trust. I felt extremely sorry for the two as they left behind a trail of people they thought they could trust that proved them otherwise. I just felt the loneliness that they were feeling, not to mention the disappointment, as they found again and again that there were no one else to trust but each other. I really enjoyed Olivia and Joshua's connection and I'm a bit torn because I know that they're childhood sweethearts and will be romantically involved in the future, but I kind of felt like their partnership was somewhat of a best friend or sibling partnership more so than a romantic one, however, the romance, whilst touched on within Aberrant's pages, wasn't greatly explored, and so I may have to wait for the consecutive books to comment on the romantic aspect of their relationship, but from Aberrant alone it seemed like they had more of a brother-sister or best-friend feel to their relationship. Aberrant's plot and Silver's writing, along with the sensible main characters really had me greatly enjoying this book and it certainly ended far too soon for my liking. This is the first novel that I have read that I was surprised to have found myself in the last page and not even know it. It's very action-packed and there was not a moment where readers heart will slow, as there was constant betrayals and new revelations at every corner. This was a highly enjoyable read and I recommend it to all those that enjoy dystopian novels. I commend Ruth Silver for this fantastic debut novel that was highly entertaining with a plot that was simply amazing! Loved, loved, loved Aberrant! It's definitely high up in my list of favourite books of 2013 thus far.show more
by Angelica
Aberrant kept me on the edge of my seat! It was like watching a movie when all you want is for a happy ending but there is danger everywhere they go. I think I held my breathe til the very end. Olivia and her best friend,Joshua, have been lead to believe they are the only city/town left.The government feeds them,shelters them,provides jobs for them,and tells them who they will marry.No worries right? Well not exactly,Olivia knows she should care who she marries but she does.She has read illegal books with romance in them so she knows there is more to marriage then the picture government has painted.She knows there is another way of making babies besides a lab, but no one is fertile. when her mother gets caught in an act of treason,Olivia must flee for her life. To her surprise Joshua flees with her.But just as she feels she is free from the government's control,the rebel forces want to control her.She is humanity's last hope.She has a gift that everyone seems to want to exploit. After the city they're in is attacked,they must flee again,into the unknown Gravelands. Can they survive on their own? Will they ever be free to live as they choose?show more
by candy
Another GREAT Dystopian Novel for Readers to enjoy! This book was so AMAZING! I LOVED the world Ruth has created in Aberrant! Aberrant was different then any Dystopian novel I have EVER read! The world is the scary truth of what might come to be if ALL of our women became unable to carry and conceive children, and had to have their babies MADE in a lab! Can you imagine a world with NO choices, NO say in who you marry and have children "MADE" with, or how many children you have, and having to give up your second born child! Can you imagine a world where you are locked inside of a wall and forced to NEVER go beyond the gates of your community! A world in where your job is assigned to you with NO say in your future whatsoever. A world where women and men are matched on their 18th Birthday and assigned a spouse to spend the rest of their life with, whether they love or care for that person or not! Not even able to have children, because every child has to be "MADE" in a lab, not conceived naturally! A world where you a forbidden any type of sexual interaction with your spouse, the ones the government has chosen for you to live the rest of your life with! Of course, their is an alternative! You could deny doing any of this and be exiled to the Treasuries Gravelands beyond the wall where all are doomed to either the starvation and dehydration if their lucky or be caught by the men that have somehow survived in the Gravelands and be raped, beaten, tortured and killed.... Well this is the life Oliva Parker lives in, and has lived in for the last 18 years. But all is about to change on The Day Of The Chosen when she is luckily matched with her best friend Joshua, to spend the rest of her life with. On The Day Of The Chosen Oliva is arrested and thrown in prison, without knowing why or what she did! Oliva can't fathom what she could have done, until she sees her mother brought in in handcuffs, then she gets her answers! Oliva is special, unlike the other people in the City of Genesis and anywhere else. She was born, not made. Oliva's mother was able to carry and conceive Oliva and has been able to hide it from the government for 18 years, and now on The Day Of The Chosen, ALL is revealed, and the government wants to silence Oliva and her mother before word gets out and their is an uprising for the governments lies! So Oliva and her mother are thrown in a jail cell to wait out their fate from the governor, when her best friend and now husband Joshua and his mother Rebeca break into the prison with the help of The Rebel Movement and help Oliva escape NOT only the prison, but the City and life Oliva has ever known. But what awaits her out there is NO better then what's inside the walls Oliva lives in. But she has no choice if she wants to live to see another day! Oliva and Joshua are thrown into the Gravelands and other walled communities in search of asylum and a chance at a new life for her and Joshua. But what they find out there could be even worse then what Oliva and Joshua thought! With many obstacles, and people out to get her and NO where to turn that's safe and with no food or means to survive, Oliva and Josh endure many heartaches and physical pain and have to start at the bottom of nothing and work their way up to have at least a life with each other, that is if they can do it without getting killed first! But who do you trust when everyone wants something from you! This book was fast-paced with action and adventure around EVERY corner! I loved Oliva and Joshua! I loved that they would do ANYTHING for each other and had an inseparable bond that NO ONE could break, even when others tried their hardest! When the book was over I was already wanting more of Josh and Olive and the world they lived in and fought for! Ruth is a REMARKABLE writer and has done a WONDERFUL job in this book. It's hard now a days to live up to ALL of the other good Dystopian Novels out there, but believe me when I say Aberrant lives up to them and MORE! Overall, I LOVED the plot, characters, pace, action, romance and devotion they had for each other and all that together has made it ONE HELL OF A GREAT NOVEL! I give this book an EASY SOLID 5 Stars and I am EAGERLY awaiting the next book in the series!show more
by Alicia Batista
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