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Title: Moirai (Aberrant #2)
Author: Ruth Silver
Publication Date: September 26, 2013
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Synopsis: 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 are preparing for the uprising that they and the rebel alliance have been planning for months.
With new abilities and special talents, from Mindonsiphan, Olivia learns that 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 roller coaster 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.
Review: Moirai picks up not too long after the end of Aberrant, and just keeps running from there. It's fast paced, gripping, and has all of the qualities of an excellent YA dystopia book. I found that I didn't want to put it down, and wanted to keep reading to find out what was next for Olivia, Joshua, and their friends. Especially since there's an uprising in the works!
One thing that kind of bothered me throughout the whole book though was how clingy Olivia and Joshua both were. I mean, I know they're in love and have been best friends since childhood and that they're on the run together and all they want to do is get married and be together but good grief. Sometimes this felt like a straight romance, and while I appreciate a good romance, I just wasn't prepared for how prominent it was. It sometimes felt like it forced the whole rebel uprising overthrow the government plot line to take a back seat. I did appreciate that it wasn't instalove though, since they've been cultivating feelings since they were very young. But still.
Olivia and Josh are forced to grow and mature by leaps and bounds in this novel, and I think Ruth showed that very well. Even though the book is from Olivia's perspective, the minor characters are still developed and it was interesting to see how they change in Olivia's eyes as she gets to know them better and they reveal more of themselves to her. Friends are lost, and friends are gained, and I'm glad that nothing was really sugarcoated over. When there's a disaster somewhere, Ruth doesn't force characters to live through it. It gave the book a realistic feel - like this could be a possible future and things like this could possibly happen in that future.
While this book is very fast-paced, I never felt like it was TOO fast. It kept me hooked, and I just couldn't flip pages fast enough, but I never felt like I was being rushed into situations or places. Olivia and her friends take time to plan things, and while we might not hear every single detail and months might go by between the initial meeting and the actual implementation, the time jumps are dealt with very well and smoothly. The plot flows for the most part, and I was never left feeling like I had no idea how we got from point A to point B. I also thought the title comes from a really interesting place, so that added a little bit more depth to this book too.
I would definitely recommend this to fans of the YA dystopian genre, especially if you like ones with a heavier sci-fi side to them. This book kind of had a Maze Runner feel to it (somewhere in the middle of the series though, not the first book), but I think people who enjoyed books like the Divergent series would also enjoy these books. 3/5!