Sunday, April 7, 2013

Blog Tour: Otherborn by Anna Silver (Review & giveaway)



Otherborn (Otherborn, #1)Otherborn by Anna Silver

Series: Otherborn, #1 
Publication: April 4th 2013
by Sapphire Star Publishing 
Genre: YA Dystopian



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?

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My thoughts:

First, I must say they that I really LOVE dysotpian books. There is always something thrilling about futuristic worlds, especially ones that are very different from ours.
I think that in this book, the author has built a very different world, weird and somewhat unrealistic, but still very interesting to read about.
The world in this book is stuck in the same place. The term "New" no longer exists and creating new things is illegal. People don't create anything anymore - no art, no music, no technology. They also don't dream  (except London and the other Otherborns, who have dreams about a different world, but they can't tell anyone). Everyone lives in a small city surrounded by walls and  never go out.
At the beginning, when the world was described, it was really sad for me to see how poor and hopeless people were, and I couldn't understand why they were not doing anything to help themselves. That was the most unrealistic part. It really frustrated me how everyone was accepting their poor life situation and never tried to make a change.
Other than that, the world-building was great. The author described the world really well and didn't forget to explain anything. I felt as if I have actually been to this world because I got to understand it so well...

The book strated a little weird and confusing. It took me some time to really get into it, but once I did, it became really good. The interesting part of the plot started right on one of the first chapter, without too many unnecessary descriptions, when Degan, one of London's friends and an Otherborn, was murdered brutally. From then, other people who knew about London's dreams or were dreaming by themselves have been killed. London understood that the city in no longer a safe place for the Otherborn, and when one of her friends goes missing, she decides to leave the city to look for her.
I really liked London, and she was totally someone I would like to meet in real life. I loved how she was brave enough to do what anyone else didn't dare to and left the safety of the city. During the journey, she had to face many troubles but she never cowered and never gave up. I loved how she was fearless and didn't need anyone to save her. I like books that feature independent, strong women like her!

Overall, this book was very enjoyable! I think it was a great indie read, and I recommend it to sci-fi and dystopia lovers.


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