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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,603 ratings  ·  228 reviews
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 na ...more
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Published April 17th 2013 by Lazy Day Publishing (first published April 16th 2013)
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Elia It's Matched, plus Hunger Games, plus Divergent, plus The Giver, plus like 15 other recent dystopian books all chopped it. It was just SO MUCH STUFF t…moreIt's Matched, plus Hunger Games, plus Divergent, plus The Giver, plus like 15 other recent dystopian books all chopped it. It was just SO MUCH STUFF thrown in there... by the end it's just silly and obnoxious. I would not recommend it. (less)

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Ruth Silver
Mar 29, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote it, so of course I love it!!
Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
This book was really good at the beginning, but I lost interest.

I quite liked Olivia and Joshua at the start of the book, and I thought they made a really cute couple, I was pretty sick of them by the end of the book though. I just wasn’t sure they were really making the best decisions, and I got bored.

The storyline started out quite similar to books like ‘Matched’ where a girl and a boy are matched and told to marry. There was then a bit of excitement as Olivia found out that she wasn’
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Aberrant (Aberrant #1)
Author – Ruth Silver
Publication Date – April 16, 2013
Genre –Y/A Dystopian
Type – Part of Series
Cliffhanger – Yes
Rating – 4.25 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
I was leery on reading this book because Dystopian is not my normal genre and especially young adult, but this book was so unique and easy to read. I loved the characters Olivia and Joshua. Especially in the beginning w
Kathy Horsman
Review: Aberrant (Aberrant #1) by Ruth Silver What do you get when you combine Divergent with The Hunger Games and sprinkle in a little Captain America?
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
Danielle Young
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When you first pick up Aberrant we are given a glimpse into a very sad time for the main character Olivia. At first I thought this would be story of how this incident was somehow caused by the government that led the city of Genesis and that Olivia's story would evolve around this pivitol moment in her life, but I was wrong. Olivia's life did not evolve around this moment but a moment that started before she was ever born. A moment well beyond her control and a moment that would come back to hau ...more
I thought the concept of this had promise, but the execution was horrible. This book is self-published, and it shows in many ways. ***MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW***

First, there are grammar problems throughout the book. One of the predominant ones was abuse of dialogue tags. Smiled, stood, nodded, and other non-verbal actions ARE NOT dialogue tags and should not be punctuated as such. The author also (grammatically) abuses dialogue tags by using almost anything other than "said" as a tag. This is a begi
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I was a little wary of this book, since it's a dystopian. With the now waning dystopian craze, there have been a lot of books that became (really bad) formulaic dystopians. But, Aberrant didn't fall into that. It was absolutely amazing! Sweet romance, betrayals, and never knowing who to trust. This book was just brilliant!

The saying "trust no one" takes on a new meaning in this book. Because of Olivia's possible ability to conceive a child, she's tracked down by the government and coveted b
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Aberrant takes place in the future, the dystopian society of Cabal. It is a world that seems ideal on the surface, the premise of absolute equality for everyone. But it is soon clear that perhaps it isn't so ideal, with very little free will and free choice. One of the most fundamental changes is the ability to have families in the traditional, the ability to conceive a thing of the past. With it went the basic forms of intimacy. Instead, marriage is less about love and more about being "matched ...more
Paperback Princess
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, tour
This review was originally posted at Paperback Princess to view this review in it's entirety, and other extra info (excerpt) please click here.

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
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

Check Out The Aberrant Blog Tour, on my blog, There is an interview, review & giveaway. On April 23rd -Thur- July 7th @ Addicted Readers

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
Jan 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Also, as a disclaimer, I DNF-ed this book 40% in.

My number one pet peeve in writing is also writing's number one rule--show, don't tell. I fucking hate info-dumps and clunky telly dialogue and almost every trope associated with it. This makes reading the things I like to read--fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal books--hard. There's a whole world you have to get across somehow! All that exposition! The problem is, so
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If Anthem, “The Lottery,” The Hunger Games, and Divergent had a child it most definitely be Aberrant. Ruth Silver creates a world so shocking that the reader will not be able to put Aberrant down. The plot was exciting, fast paced, and full of new surprises. Genesis was shocking, to say the least. The fact that people had to marry whomever the government matched them up with at eighteen was very hard to wrap my mind around. To be honest it made me cringe a little bit. Can you imagine marryin
Nov 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted on Your Average Bibliophile. I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

The novel’s synopsis seemed interesting, kind of reminded me of Matched by Ally Condie because of the obvious. I decided to give it a go. Abberant is about a society that marries off its eighteen-year-olds with their perfect match – the only way for this couple to have a child is during “The Day of the Chosen.” This essentially is a lottery where a family is picked
Algel Crestfall
Dystopian fiction is my favorite genre so far. And the synopsis of this book is too good and interesting so I didn't hesitate signing up for a review on this tour.

The story started with a sad tragedy for Olivia and her family. However, thanks to Joshua, her bestfriend, that she was able to move on with her life. In the society of Olivia, every teen who turns 18 is willed to marry whoever is matched to him/her by the government itself. Fortunately, Olivia is matched to her bestfriend, Joshua. But
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

Blog Tour with Giveaways, Interview And Review On My Blog Addicted Readers On April 23rd, 2013. @


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!

May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at Novel Reveries

“Just a short time ago I’d been an ordinary eighteen-year old girl. Except the reality was, I wasn’t ordinary. I was anything but ordinary. I was aberrant.” (loc. 2785)

A plague and it’s cure has wiped out civilizations ability to naturally conceive children, and controlling governments keep their citizens under constant oppression as they dictate their day to day lives. Olivia Parker is the exception. After being forced to marry at eighteen, she looks towards h
Kayleigh Meade
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kayleigh by:
I was contacted by Ruth Silver, the author of this book, to promote Aberrant. In my blog there is an interview, spotlight and giveaway. She gave me a copy of the book to read, but it goes without saying that this review is honest.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was thrown headfirst into the action, first meeting Olivia when she is preparing for her wedding day. This piqued my interest, which was held right the way to the end. It was a brilliant dystopian plot, full of turns that I wasn’t expec
Colleen Bratley
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Innocence and hope abound in this story. You find yourself rooting for the characters as they flounder through a reality they had never conceived of. It is interesting, entertaining, and touching.
Olivia is a young woman thrust into an adult role without any preparation. At least not prepared for anything beyond what she was supposed to understand and live as reality. What she believed and had ingrained in her to be reality; however, was abruptly interrupted, and forever changed. The new reality
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
Aberrant grabbed me from page 1, and did not let me down the whole way through! Ruth Silver did a fantastic job of capturing the mind of a 5 year old, and portraying her emotions, and how at 5 years old, there are so many things that we do not understand. In the first chapter we are in Olivia's mind when her father passes away, and she has to attend the funeral with her Mom.

After chapter 1, we are brought to Olivia's present when she is graduating school at 18, and everything that that entails f
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really, really loved this book! The pages are loaded with emotion from start to finish and the imagery and narrative are so strong that you can imagine yourself in every scenario.

Ruth Silver is one talented lady! With a believable concept which in all honesty doesn’t feel that far from home, our main character, Olivia, guides us through the beauty, horror and struggle, that is life in her world. The book opens with so much emotion that I was sucked in within the Prologue. This is very rare for
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a quick read with GREAT characters, lots of INTENSE action, and a touch of romance.

Aberrant has some similarities to Matched. A lot of novels borrow themes and ideas (ex: The Hunger Games is VERY similar to Battle Royale). It's rare to find any books that don't have a single repetitive idea. Sometimes I wonder if the authors have even read the other similar works, or it's just coincidence. The synopsis makes it obvious to the similarities, so I knew what to expect. I liked Matched, so I don't m
Dec 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia

I love reading dystopian stories! And I usually end up reading them and have this highly expectations of it. And the truth is I'm not that picky of a reader, if the characters are good and the world building reasonable, I'm sold.
However, Aberrant didn't worked out for me.
The blurp seemed great but it just fell flat. It just seemed a mix of some of other great dystopian novels without being great. I kept reading and thinking "Hmm this sound awfully familiar". I do know it's hard to came up with s
3.5 stars

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I'm a bit undecided on this one. On one hand, I don't like it when dystopians don't move things along fast enough. On the other hand, I felt like things maybe moved too fast in Aberrant. And by things, I mean Olivia ends up in three separate and (mostly) unique dystopian societies during her journey. The author does a pretty good job giving the reader a decent peek at each society, but there's no t
Sandra "Jeanz"
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an e-copy of this book via Girls Heart Books in exchange for my honest review and blog tour participation. Well what can I say about the two different covers for this book. The one pictured to the left with the city pictured on it is the e-book cover, and the one pictured on the right is the paperback cover. I do like them both. I suppose the e-book cover is perhaps more dystopian-esque having the remains of a town on it with the smoke from the devastation still rising into t
Trish at Between My Lines
Aberrant is a fast paced dystopia, it is like striking a match and starting an uncontained fire. It spreads quickly in all directions and you are never sure where it will go next. Overall I found it an entertaining read but have to say it’s not totally original.

The story starts on Olivia’s graduation day which in the society she lives in is also her marriage ceremony day. The government will match the 16 boys and 16 girls in her class with each other. Olivia is sick with nerves during the ceremo
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Olivia and Josh almost immediately. Their banter and dynamic was great. There was lots of action in every scene and tons of twists and turns that no one can see coming. Great imagery, plenty of detail without killing the book. A great dystopian and all around fun read. I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series.
Gabriela Hedlund
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aberrant is a must read book! Even for those who aren't into reading much would love it. The book is all about a girl who hopes for a world much different from the one she lives in. She is told who to marry but has read about what romance and true love is and longs for it. Now it is up to her to change it all. READ READ READ!!! ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 2.75

The main characters in this were okay at first, but they annoyed me after a bit, and they got worse as the story progressed.

This was pretty good at the start, but it went downhill unfortunately. I lost interest, and the book just couldn't get it back.

Not sure if I want to continue the series or not.
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh, cover, you so pretty! Why you lie to meeee?

This book didn't really work for me and there are, on the surface, a lot of reasons why it should have. Firstly, because I love dystopians. And I also love mystery and intrigue. I love friends-to-lovers, and I love YA. What I don't love are books that feel like they're trying to cash in on a popular genre, rather than adding something new or dynamic to it.

ABERRANT tries to be everyone's friend. Kinda like those people you meet who seem to change
Diane S ☔
2.5 A local author in my area and her first book. As I am sure everyone knows the Dystopian novel had been a prevailing fad for several years now and this is a another such novel. It was okay. I think this market is somewhat overdone and it is hard to come up with a totally original concept for this. Some of the book reminded me of Ally Condie's series but after Joshua and Olivia escape and does become more original and interesting. Could have used better editing in spots but the bare bones of t ...more
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Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.

She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first no

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