Otherborn by Anna SilverSeries: Otherborn, #1Publication: April 4th 2013by Sapphire Star PublishingGenre: YA Dystopian
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?
5 out of 5 stars!
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 was that there was always something going on that kept you thinking and wondering what would happen next. Even if you had an idea of what might be coming you would sit there arguing with yourself ("Nah, she wouldn't do that... OMG... OMG THAT JUST HAPPENED..." *insert look of extreme shock that lead fiancé to ask what on earth I was reading*). I don't normally fan-girl over a novel unless it is an author I have been following since I was very young but Otherborn had me fan-girling and I can hardly wait to see what happens next!
I have a few very select pet peeves when it comes to writing, they are personal and not literary but this dealt with three of them in some of the beginning chapters (abundant smoking, cutting and specific name usage). Now, normally just dealing with one of them with specific phrasing would make me set aside a book and pretend it didn't exist while it slipped away into the nether but with Otherborn I couldn't bring myself to look away from the wonderfully fluid writing quality so decided to keep reading and I am thrilled that I did. I ended up going on an amazing, imaginative and unique thrill ride that has left me waiting breathlessly for the next book in the series and a big fan of Anna Silver.
This is an author you will want to be on the lookout for.
I for one plan on reading anything and everything else she releases, which for me is saying a lot. I can without reservations say that she will end up making it onto my top 10 authors of 2013 list.
Anna Silver is an artist and writer living in the greater Houston area with her family, pets, and overactive imagination. Her art, which includes oil paintings, assemblage sculptures, and fairy houses, has been featured in the Houston gallery Las Manos Magicas. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University in Austin. She has written web copy for private clients and freelanced for the Hill Country Current in Texas. Her write-up on a past-life regression experience was chosen to be featured in best-selling author Brian Weiss’ new book. She is a member of the Writer’s League of Texas. OTHERBORN is her first published novel.
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