Monday, January 7, 2013

Review: Otherborn

Title:  Otherborn
Series:  Otherborn #1
Author:  Anna Silver
Publisher:  Sapphire Star Publishing
Pages:  290
Format:  eBook
Release Date:  April 4th, 2013

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 allowed under the sun. Pauly warns London to keep her song to herself, if she knows what’s good for her.

What he doesn’t know is that London is keeping an even bigger secret: she dreams. And she’s not alone. London’s band-mates and friends have begun dreaming as well, seeing themselves in “night pictures” as beings from another world. As Otherborn, they must piece together the story of their astral avatars, the Others, in order to save their world from a dreamless, hopeless future.

When Pauly is murdered and an Otherborn goes missing, London realizes someone is hunting them down. Escaping along the Outroads, they brave the deserted Houselands with only their dreams to guide them. Can they find their friend before the assassin finds them? Will being Otherborn save their lives, or destroy them?
*An ARC was provided by Sapphire Star Publishing for review purposes.  Thank you!

My Review:  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 risking her own safety.  She was not lacking some flaws though.  Sometimes she was just so rash and stubborn.  She went into things without fully thinking them through and that cost her more than once.  I also really liked the supporting characters like Rye and Tora.  Rye was very helpful throughout the story but I felt like we barely got to know him!  I would like to learn more about him in the next books.  Particularly how he is when he's not around London.  Tora - though I really didn't like her at first - quickly won me over.  I think she is going to be really valuable in the upcoming books and form a close bond with London.

The plot was a lot of fun, though a little slow at first.  Fortunately, it quickly picked up as we delved deeper into the story.  I enjoyed following London and the rest of her friends as they went on their adventure.  They all showed a lot of strength and loyalty toward each other and it was so nice to find a group of characters so dedicated and willing to give up the things they loved to help the others.

The ending . . . man, I had really not seen that coming.  What a twist!!  I'm excited to see where the author takes things in the next books.  I'm already dying to find out what is in store for London and the gang next!

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1 comment:

  1. Ahhh! Ashtyn, thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked it! *grins madly*


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