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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  60 reviews
London and her teenage friends live in a reprocessed world.

Confined within Capital City’s concrete walls, London has done the impossible and the illegal. She’s created something New- a song. But her mentor, club owner Pauly, is not impressed. Since the historic Energy Crisis forced everyone behind walls generations ago, the Tycoons have ensured there is truly nothing new a
Paperback, New Cover, 290 pages
Published April 4th 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing (first published November 27th 2012)
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
For those of you who have been following along on my reviews, you know that I love discovering new authors. Finding a gem in such a deluge of novels is pretty difficult, but Otherborn is definitely one of those gems. I was approached by the author to review her book, and I'm glad she sent me a copy! I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Otherborn by Anna Silver is an amalgam of genres-- I would describe it as a YA science fiction dystopian novel. We are introduced to London, a hardened young girl
Steph Sinclair
I got to around 26% before I DNFed. It's not that it's a terrible book because it's definitely not on Starcrossed or Fallen's level. But I did feel the writing and characters lacked a certain bit of depth that I prefer. Otherborn does have a very interesting premise, but it failed at building the right amount of anticipation to hold my attention.
This copy was given to me for review/blog tour purposes, the tour stops by at my blog YA Midnight Reads on April 4th 2013! Get ready for giveaways, reviews and much more!
3.5 stars
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray The Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray The Lord my soul to take.

Otherborn is a refreshing dystopian novel that takes readers on a journey of heart stopping action, cute romances and an unsolved mystery. I had many thoughts about Otherborn, while there w
Kelly (Belle of the Literati)

"Once upon a time it had been a hotel or something,
the stairwells and lobby still fashioned
from the vintage brass and marble fittings they'd first known,
the elevators permanently 'out of order.'
But the building maintained a certain dystopian chic
that London had come to identify with."
--Anna Silver, Otherborn

Welcome to this stop on the Otherborn Blog Tour!! When Anna emailed me asking to join her tour I was immediately intrigued by the, duh it is a dystopia, how could I deny? And I
In a reprocessed world, everything is … reprocessed. Music is repeatedly played and learned. Materials are recycled or reused. Nothing is new. People no longer dream and inside the concrete walls of the city, anything that is out-of-norm is not tolerated. Unlike many who cannot dream while they sleep at night, London and a few of her friends are different. They can dream. They can create new songs and they know they could be in huge trouble if they’re being discovered. When people around them ar ...more
Natasha Hanova
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of YA, YA paranormal, YA dystopiantopia
Shelves: ya-books, paranormal
I'm fascinated with dreams, which are considered New, and therefore illegal in OTHERBORN. Silver handled the unique premise of outlawing New in a way that enriched Capital City where the main character, London lives. London has a brash and feisty personality, which is balanced out by her resolute and kind Otherborn counterpart. I loved the contrast between London's bleak reality and her Otherborn's lush Midplane. I found most of the characters likable and was impressed by the extent of loyalty b ...more
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this one unfortuantely.

The characters weren't awful, but i cant say that i liked them.

The story was quite hard to follow, and at points i had no idea what was happening. When i did know what was going on, i wasn't enjoying it, and i just wanted the book to hurry up and end.
I'm defiantly not going to continue with the series.

Overall, Hard to follow, and couldn't keep me interested.
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
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Think: Dystopian. About four or five generations into the future. The world as you know it is in disarray, and nothing new, or seemingly new, is allowed, or accepted anymore. Now, imagine you, and four of your closest friends have begun to dream at night, of places and people that don't exist in the least within your waking world. You all know what kind of trouble telling that secret could get you in. You all know very well, because someone begins to kill off the people in yo
Tracey (Life and Literature)
"Now you lay your head to sleep, pray to God your life you keep. To steal your dreams, your head we'll take, and leave you dead before you wake."

If I had to pick one type of book that I tend to shy away from and hardly ever read it would be dystopian. And to be honest, I'm not quite sure why because the few that I've read I really, really loved. And Otherborn turned out to be another wonderful surprise.

"There hasn't been anything New since right after the Energy Crisis. I mean, that's gene
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This well-written book, called Otherborn, is a dystopian story that will rock your world! A fascinating plot, great characters and a love story is all it takes to love Otherborn. But let’s start from the beginning.

The main characters are London, a girl who smokes, has no father and a mother with a drinking problem, sings, plays the guitar and writes songs, a thing so beautiful and creative that makes her dangerous.
Rye is London's best-
Lottie Eve
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a book! I have fallen in love with Otherborn. This isn’t a perfect dystopian novel. But there is just something that makes my adrenaline pump, but also makes me want to fall in a deep sleep and dream whenever I read a page of this book about a terrible world and strange dreams.

The originality that Otherborn contains quite obvious. I will bet you any amount of money that you will be amazed by the premise. The creativity that author’s have always put me in a state of awe and Anna Silver’s cre
Lelia Taylor
At a time when young adult fiction is overrun with dystopian themes that are often only mediocre at best, Otherborn is kind of remarkable, especially for a debut author. I'm a big fan of dystopian works and can say I even enjoy some of the less-than-stellar attempts but this one introduces some really fresh concepts.

Imagine a world in which dreaming is a thing of the past. Actually, you probably wouldn't be able to imagine it if such a world existed because, after all, imagination and dreams are
Emma Michaels
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
London is such a real character. There are so many books out there where the MC conquers the world without even a moment's hesitation or rational fear. What struck me about Otherborn is that all of the characters were so beautifully flawed and real. They weren't going to go into something without fear but they were going to do it anyways, not because they were driven by some impenetrable moral force but because it was what needed to be done and they knew it.

Anther refreshing aspect of this novel
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
''Otherborn'' was beyond my expectations and I totally love it<3 When I started it I was a little bit bored, but now I ended up staying all the night up finishing it. Crazy, huh?

London and her friends -Zen, Rye, Avery and Kim- are special, they are the Otherborns. They can dream in a world in which nobody else can. Soon, two of their friends are murdered and Avery is ''kidnapped''. Just because of her they leave the Capital City to find her. But does Avery worth the effort? In fact, she is th
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
Otherborn is a unique concept in a book. This landscape is that of a world following the Energy Crisis. A world where your life is defined by a government issued assignment (label). And access to technical things - cell phones, netbooks, even music - is regulated by licenses and your level in society. Oil and gas are strictly controlled and only the wealthy or those favored by the wealthy can afford it. In Capital City, everything is reprocessed. Walls enclose all inhabitants and no one is allow ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love dystopian books so when I was approached to review this one, I was beyond excited! It sounded so interesting and different. A place where anything "New" was banned? A heroine who was willing to break the rules? Count me in.

I loved the characters. London was a really great protagonist. She wasn't afraid of breaking the rules and she never let anyone get the better of her. At the same time, she cared deeply for her friends and would do almost anything for them - even if it meant risk
Otherborn is a unique story. It definitely is not what I expected. The world building is subtle and slow, where we do not learn all the rules right away. The characters are complicated and their “Others” drive the story as much as their main selves, maybe even more so. The story is about loyalty, and finding each other no matter the cost, but it is also about betrayal and weakness as well as strength.
London lives in a world where nothing is new, in fact new is illegal. Everything is rationed ou
Lekeisha The Booknerd
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won
Otherborn tells of London, who is living in a reprocessed world. She's confined within Capital City's walls. London and her band mates begin to have dreams of themselves as beings from another world. They call themselves, Otherborn. Together, they must piece together the story of their "others", in order to save their world from a hopeless future.

I've never read anything like this. Anna Silver has created this dystopian world with great characters, and I'm hooked. Characters that jump out of th
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*****I received a free copy in exchange of my honest review.

Otherborn series is my newest favorite dystopian series!yay!

Honestly I did have a hard time reading and connecting with this book at first but after a couple of chapter, I can say that I was hooked!

This is definitely a dystopian with a twist..even though it does have the familiar elements we all find in other dystopian series, it manages to be unique and exciting. The story keeps on getting better as the story progresses, surprise after
Wendy Hines
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What an unexpected and surprising treat Otherborn is! Young Adult, Dystopian and Science Fiction all rolled into one with a unique plot that kept me riveted for a few days.

The beginning of the book starts out a bit slow as the world-building is created and the characters introduced. London is the main protagonist, a fiesty, bullheaded teen who dreams, creates a song, which is new and therefore, illegal. But not only is she dreaming, so are a few of her friends.

Dreaming is also not allowed.
Lisa Regan
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally read this genre but I had heard great things about this book. I'm so glad I gave it a chance. It's like the Hunger Games meets the Matrix. It is completely fascinating, intriguing and riveting. It is beautifully written. I really connected with all the characters. (Also, I love all the characters' names). I think Silver is fabulous at conveying the characters' emotions without hitting the reader over the head. I really got sucked into the world of the novel. Silver keeps the mys ...more
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I was really looking forward to this book, but unfortunately I ended up disappointed.

The characters in this were okay, but I didn’t love them, London’s behaviour was crazy at times, and the way she went about things was not always good.

The storyline just confused me. Where the story started from was a very different place to where it ended, and while stuff was going on, it was very difficult to follow it! I also did not get how they could have nothi
This was an interesting and different read, I’m looking forward to continuing this series.

My Rating

3.5 Obsidian, Seer, PitWorker, Neglectful mother, Moth, Midplane, Astral filled stars! For a mix of Dystopian paranormal grab this book!

Full Review to Follow...


I'm finished with Otherborn: Well, that was disappointing. I'm sorry but that ending wasn't even a cliffhanger. Guess who's not reading the sequel?! -.-

Review to come ~
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, e-book
I went into Otherborn expecting it to be a hard read, not because of what it was about, but because I hadn't been able to focus on reading much lately. What I found was a vivid. detailed world the pulled me in with characters that made me want to keep turning the page until there were none left.

I've read in other reviews that some people found London a little rough. I can definitely see their point. She is hard headed and guards her heart stronger than her steel-toed boots guard her feet. It mak
Raina {The LUV'NV}
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

With multiple twists and Fantasy woven throughout, Otherborn is one of those fascinating dystopia reads that you never know what you're going to get. The author, Anna Silver, captures a reprocessed world after a global energy crisis. Greed and fear are the cause and continue to reign. Tycoons flourish while the common people are oppressed, merely surviving on ration tickets, tobacco handouts, and stolen or resold goods. Nothing is created, just reused and remade. Drea
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
I got a copy of this book for a tour in exchange of an honest review.

Otherborn is the first book in a brand new Dystopian series with a fantasy feel.

I found the first book interesting and unique with the concept it brings to the table. It has been a while since I have read a Dystopian book and although I enjoy them, I have to admit that I rarely read them, so I was really glad when I got to read Otherborn.

The story takes place years in the future in a reprocessed Capital City, where people live
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)

Ever feel like you don't belong? Meant for something more than the life you were born into? This is the way London feels every day. London isn't like other girls first of all she creates music, new music. In London's world New is bad. New is something to be feared. But London has another secret, one she keeps closely guarded. One that could shake the very foundation of her society. London thought her secret was safe, London thought nobody would find out, but she was wrong.

Considering this
See more of my reviews @ Moosubi Reviews!

OTHERBORN is a novel that had so much potential – it’s a dystopia that features “dream walking” of a sort and the idea of parallel worlds. What’s more fantastical than that?

I’ll start of by mentioning what didn’t quite work for me. For the most part, I had mixed feelings about our heroine, London. She’s definitely a strong, brave and kind heroine, but at times she seemed too pigheaded. There’s one point, for example, that she refuses to let another chara
Yvonne (The Shadow Realm)
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This was a unique and very different take on the regular dystopian genre. Ms Silver has created something quite fascinating which I know a lot of people will really enjoy. She has taken the regular themes of starvation, energy crisis, and government overlords and added a new element in the form of these Otherborns. I thought the concept of people not dreaming was really interesting and baffling. You would think to yourself, "How could someone not dream??" So I was
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