In the future dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government’s match in marriage and “The Day of the Chosen”, a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn’t existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she’s arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from “The Day of the Chosen.” The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.
With Joshua’s help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.
Joshua came into my room, ignoring all rules as he helped push the dresser further from the
wall, knocking it to the floor allowing me more than enough room to grab the journal and go. I
tossed it inside the pack and Joshua put the map inside before we stepped out of my bedroom. I
glanced down the hall, not sure what I expected to see. To the right the dormitory had been hit,
and a roar of smoke and fire filled the confined space. Jacqueline was gone. Hand-in-hand we ran in the opposite direction toward the staircase.
My eyes burned. Coughing, I refused to let go of his hand as we stepped outside. Drones
weren’t the only things attacking Haven. Tanks rolled into town. A few soldiers jumped off, taking
over the perimeter, guns drawn. I paused, gripping Joshua’s hand as we were shrouded in smoke.
Just a few feet away, a soldier lifted his weapon and unleashed fury on a group of innocent people. I covered my mouth with my hand to keep from crying out when a child no older than three hit the cement. His eyes remained open as blood seeped from his head. He didn’t move. Didn’t blink. It took only a moment to realize he’d died instantly. All I could do was stand there in shock.
“We have to move,” I heard Joshua’s voice, but it didn’t register. The smoke swirled around
us and gunfire erupted in every direction. He grabbed my arm. “Olivia, I need you to focus.” I
nodded once, trying my best to clear the cobwebs from my mind. I couldn’t, though. I wanted to
run out to the child and protect him, but it was too late. I was too late. They were here because of
me, innocent blood on my hands. I felt the heat radiating from the dormitory and my eyes flashed
back. “I need you here with me, Olive.”
“I am,” I insisted, knowing if I didn’t focus we’d both be dead. I spotted more soldiers – their
standard issue uniform and the Cabal crest on their jacket sleeve told me all I needed to know. The government had come looking for us. “Which way?” I couldn’t see the exit. With the smoke
enveloping us and the fear coursing through my veins, I forgot the direction we’d come from.
Can you please provide us with 10-15 songs you think would make the perfect soundtrack to Aberrant?
1. Brick – Ben Folds
2. Runaway – Pink
3. My Immortal – Evanescence
4. Wide Awake – Katy Perry
5. Try – Pink
6. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
7. Come Along – Vicci Martinez
8. In the End – Linkin Park
9. The Escapist – Coldplay
10. Breathe – Alexi Murdoch
Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Her debut novel published by Lazy Day Publishing, ABERRANT is scheduled for release April 2013. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.
You can visit her online at http://writeawaybliss.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Ruth-Silver/e/B008NGH038/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
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