Review: Isaura (Aberrant #3) by Ruth Silver

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Title: Isaura
Author:  Ruth Silver
Publisher/Year:  Patchwork Press  11/21/13
Length: 242 Pages
Series: Aberrant #3

Overview

With Joshua’s recent disappearance, Olivia has little choice but to head into the dangerous Gravelands as the new government wrestles with fixing the damage to society. Joining forces with her estranged father and a girl from Haven, they go on a search-and-rescue mission to find Joshua and bring him back alive. If traveling through outlaw territory isn’t frightening enough, Olivia learns she has exposed her secret and is hunted by her allies.

My Thoughts

Oh how i wanted this final installment to be better than book 2, and in line with book 1, but that did not happen at all.  What we have here is a conclusion to the trilogy that left me so confused about things, that it took me longer than i expected to get through it.

So, at the end of Moirai, we know that Josh was taken by Gov. Craynor, and of course Olivia was going to do what she could to find him.  Of course she does, but in doing so, she’s put herself in danger, and Isaura – the woman that we met in Torv in the last book, she’s come back and decided to mess with Olivia a bit, and that’s where the story goes down a bad path.

Isaura has her own powers, she’s been injected with Mindonsiphan, but she also has other powers that we’re never told about.  we just know that she can do things that no one else can.  She tricks Olivia at one point, takes her to another time in the past, and then wreaks havoc around Torv and elsewhere.

This story really is about how Olivia tries to evade Isaura, figure out how to kill her, save women who are under an experiment that Isaura is performing, while trying to be happy.  While one of the nice things about this story was the love between Josh and Olivia, we’re not focused on that so much anymore, until later in the finale, and it kind of loses me.

We’re reuinted with characters that play a key role, but we’re constantly being hinted at that they can’t be trusted, yet we never find out if they can be or not.  There are also comments towards the end that hint at things, but they are really just left there hanging.  It’s no spoiler for me to say this, but there’s a comment at one point asking Josh about his father, yet at that point Josh hadn’t seen his father – and then we hear nothing more of it.

So…we get the ending that everyone expects – we see what happens for Olivia, Adelaide, Henry, Josh, Isaura, Gavin and everyone else.  I’m just baffled about things since i feel like there was so much that was talked about 1 time and never again.  I also don’t get the progression of things, and how somethings are left to be assumed and never put into writing.

All in all, i’d say average if not below average for the finale, and i don’t often say that.  For the sake of enjoying the first book, i hope that i’m the only one who doesn’t like how this series closed – and i’d love it if someone else has read it and can tell me that there are things that maybe i missed or read too much into which put me on a sad path.  oh well!  not every book can be amazing right?

Review: Moirai (Aberrant #2) by Ruth Silver

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Title: Moirai
Author:  Ruth Silver
Publisher/Year:  Patchwork Press  9/20/13
Length: 246 Pages
Series: Aberrant #2

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

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.

Review: Aberrant (Aberrant #1) by Ruth Silver

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Title: Aberrant
Author:  Ruth Silver
Publisher/Year:  Patchwork Press  4/28/13
Length: 250 Pages
Series: Aberrant #1

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

I’ve had this book in my library for a bit and finally got around to reading it – and i’m pleased that i did.  I love how creative and imaginative authors can get with dystopia, and i feel like lately i’ve been on a trend of reading those that talk about the inability to reproduce in the future because of plagues.  that was the case in Partials, and now it’s the case in Aberrant.  But…this is a nice new take on things, so i didn’t mind.

In this first installment of the series, we’re in a similar situation as we saw in the Matched Trilogy – upon coming of age, you’re told who you’d be matched with for marriage and life moving forward-  the choice is taken away from you.  We meet Olivia and Joshua – who are best friends and fortunately the same age.  Leading into their marriage ceremony – they aren’t sure that they’ll be pleased with who’s chosen for them, and while Olivia would be happy with Joshua, he seems to be thinking of others, which is saddening to her.  Of course though, what we tend to see in series like this – they are luckily paired together, and can have a future with someone that they at least like.

From the moment that they are matched, things seem to be great – but that doesn’t even last a day.  On their first night in their new home, Olivia is arrested and thrown into jail for a reason that she doesn’t even know.  Hours later, her mother is also arrested and thrown into the cell next to her, and this is when Olivia learns an interesting truth about her.  In finding out that she was the result of a natural pregnancy, never heard of, it means that she’s also capable of having a child naturally and that means that EVERYONE wants to get their hands on her.  she’s an anomoly.

good news though is that Josh comes to rescue her, with the help of his mother who just happens to be part of the rebel alliance – and leads them to their escape to a rebel town.  When they get there though, they learn that they can’t be together since the town’s society thinks that if they choose to be together, then they are upholding what the government back home wants, and that can’t ever happen.  They are ripped apart from one another, threatened, and Olivia is told that she must choose someone else within 3 years and have a child with them.  That of course makes no one happy – although it seems like Joshua is moving on one night when Olive goes to him and he has another girl in his room.

Since things are never as they seem, their whole world gets thrown upside down again, and they are forced to flee for their lives during an attack, and that is where their journey gets even more interesting and complex.

What’s nice about this story is that while expected – i think that the plot line is interesting.  Everyone wants to use Olive since she’s an urban legend of sorts, and of course given that she’s just 18, she doesn’t want to do what others necessarily tell her.  Josh continues to try to protect her, and the story will continue on that path i can imagine.

What i think is nice though is that we get a bit of the back story on what happened to make society what it is – since Josh and Olive are told that they are required to learn the society history in order to stay in Haven.  In their studies, they get a different POV on things than what they were taught back home – talking about the Red Plague that killed everyone off, how global community fought back against in and what the repercussions were.  I also like that we see that Olive and Josh are strong characters from the beginning – not weak and naive.  they show us that they have come into their own even before they are fully faced with the struggles that they’ll have to deal with and that’s a nice thing in this genre.  I’m used to the girl being so weak, and that’s not the case here.

I guess the question becomes – who can they trust – how will they survive, where will they survive, and what’s going to be their closure?  Will Olive and Josh be together?  do they even want to be together like that?

What confuses me though is this one thing.  Everyone outside of Genesis – their home city knows of this myth/urban legend of Olivia’s existence – that her mother was able to conceive naturally.  How come no one at home knew about it except the doctor – and therefore no one knew about it until her arrest?  it’s just interesting to me how one town could be so blind to something, or closed off.  but i guess you only see what you want.

Anyway, i’m off to read Moirai – book 2 and see how their journey continues.