Blog Tour & Review: Moirai (Aberrant #2)
by Ruth Silver
Book Crushin is very happy to be participating in the Moirai Blog Tour. In this post you will find all of the Aberrant book series information, my spoiler-free review, an excerpt and a giveaway! Hope you enjoy!
Moirai (Aberrant #2) by Ruth Silver
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.
(Moirai ebook cover)
I will share a little about both books & the series as a whole with a focus on Moirai. May contain book 1, Aberrant, spoilerish things but my goal is to always be as spoiler-free as possible.
First off let me say that I am a huge dystopian fan and the Aberrant series doesn’t disappoint. It is a quick but thoughtful dystopian read. The plot, action and character development was very well done. I really felt for the main characters, Olivia & Joshua, through the ups and downs of their journey (inwardly and outwardly). The supporting characters also grow in book 2 that makes you really start to appreciate what it’s like in the world of Cabal.
The world building in Aberrant series is highly believable. It resonates with me, it feels completely plausible and the more that is revealed the more I want to know. The simple way of living in some towns contrasted to the lavish lifestyle in others. The hidden rebellion, the placating to the government, the traitors – whomever do you trust? All fascinating. The science is very gripping as well, and in Moirai we finally get to learn a little tiny bit more about the infertility problem (shush – it’s not a spoiler if you read the book blurbs).
One of the things I had a big problem with in Aberrant was Olivia. I personally couldn’t connect with her. Her inner voice got on my last nerve…in Moirai she is so much more mature and has less to hide as she becomes more settled into a society that is accepting her. However, I loved every single minute of Joshua. I wish I had more of Joshua’s story to read. He was warm, constantly supportive and made me have hope for the human race in Cabal. He is the heart, while Olivia is the conscious and together they make a beautiful pair. Throughout both books they continue to grow as a couple and it feels right and natural, even when there are bumps in that road that would totally tear others apart. Their relationship has complications but they both have such a deep passion that it feels like nothing will shake them.
This is a series that will speak to a lot of people, for me there wasn’t the strongest connection with the protagonist, but I have no doubt the series will meet with an excited audience! I will say that book 2, Moirai, definitely rescued the series for me as it was the much stronger of the 2 books. I will also be reading without a doubt book 3, Isaura, since Ruth Silver wrote one hell of a cliffhanger! This series has suspense, intrigue, action and the one thing that drives us all…the need for love.
My feet crunched on weeds as I pushed my way through the waist-high grasses towards the river. It was rare anyone ventured outside of Shadow. In most cases leaving wasn’t permitted. Was I breaking the rules by being here? I didn’t know the answer to that question and hoped I wouldn’t find out. Bending down, my body hid among the grasses as I dipped my bare feet into the water. I shivered and grimaced, scrunching my nose from the sensation. As quick as my feet had dipped into the icy cold water, I pulled them out. With a slight splash I heard a rustling in the distance.
“Who’s there?” My voice echoed as I stood. I wasn’t afraid. Shadow was my home. Although I’d ventured from the town, it wasn’t far. I glanced in the direction of Shadow and could barely make out the community. Perhaps I’d traveled further than I thought.
The grass shifted in the distance and I felt my heart skip a beat. My eyes widened as I quickly took off for town. I ran as fast as my legs would take me. Gasping for breath, I refused to slow down. Whether it was an animal or an outlaw, I wasn’t waiting around to find out. Swiftly, I headed for Shadow. My knees lifted higher off the ground with each bare step I took. I didn’t turn around but I could hear the pounding of weight against grass. Whoever or whatever was behind me wasn’t small or light and they were gaining on me. I didn’t have time to scream as I felt a large body coming down hard on top of me. My face slammed into the grass, scratching my cheek as I gasped for breath. “Help!” The words barely left my lips as my head lolled up from the ground; someone ripped at my hair and slammed me fast back into the grass. I bit my bottom lip, tasting dirt as I jammed my elbow behind me. I had to think fast. I’d spent months in Shadow training and now was the time to use it!
“Having fun yet?” the voice echoed into my ear. The whispered breath made me shudder. I didn’t recognize the voice. Was I supposed to? I couldn’t turn my head around, no matter how hard I tried.
Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004.
Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.
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.
Category: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Publication: December 2013
SECRETS WILL BE REVEALED.
Olivia has little choice but to head into the dangerous Gravelands, as the new government wrestles with fixing the damage to society. If traveling through outlaw territory isn’t frightening enough, Olivia learns she has exposed her secret and is hunted by those she trusted. In a race against time, her life and those she loves are in jeopardy.