Author: Ruth Silver
Publisher/Year: Patchwork Press 9/20/13
Length: 246 Pages
Series: Aberrant #2
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’m confused. Not with the story -but how we’re getting there. It’s just not making sense to me, and i think that there’s too much going on. We were off to such a strong start with the story of Olivia finding out that she’s ‘different’ and building her relationship with her best friend Josh who she was matched with. From that point though, things start to get all jumbled.
In this 2nd installment of the series, we’re seeing the development of the plot to over throw the governments by the rebel alliance. The ‘super powered’ folks of Shadow have to do their part to get the other towns to be on their side, and set out to do that. At the same time, there’s a plan to get Olivia into Genesis so that she can help the rebels bomb the governors mansion during the Governor’s Ball. Of course things are never that easy.
We learn that there are outlaws who have found Shadow, and have killed one man, and they now have to find that killer. There are deaths among characters that we have come to know and appreciate as a result of their belief that what the rebels want is right. We also get introduced to a bunch of new characters and learn about what’s going on in their towns, supporting why Olivia’s mission has to be successful.
I find that bridge books in trilogies tend to lose me at first – like it’s just that – a bridge from the strong beginning to a strong end. When that happens though, you don’t know if you want to even read the finale. The reason that I think that i’m going to continue to invest myself is for the following:
1) we see that it’s possible for Olivia and Josh to have their happiness, but of course it’s not that easy, which we see in the very last page of the book
2) we are really seeing Olivia grow up and come into her own. Partly through Adelaide – the little girl that she saved from a bombed town, and partly because when the townspeople want a leader, she openly admits that it’s not her. she’s a figurehead – not a leader
3) i’m just really curious about some of the folks that we’ve met and i don’t trust them.
What i’m hoping that happens in the third book is that we get back to what make Aberrant good. Simple easy to follow story lines with great background to ensure that you know what’s going on and why things are as they are. We lost that here, and i think that it was one of the features that i enjoyed about Ms. Silver’s writing.