Otherborn – Anna Silver

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Otherborn

Otherborn  by Anna Silver
Series: Otherborn, #1
Publication: April 4th 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: YA Dystopian
Synopsis: 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?
I’m a huge fan of Dystopian books, so I was really excited to give Otherborn by Anna Silver a chance. I have to admit, the book did start out a little weird. In this new world, people don’t dream or create anything “new”, which was really hard to get used to….basically because it’s impossible. So, I did have a slight problem with that aspect of the book. Fortunately, there was more than that to the book.
The characters in Otherborn were really interesting and well created. I especially enjoyed London’s character. I found her to be both strong and hardheaded, but she also had a very soft quality about her. It did get a bit uncomfortable at times to read about her getting high or cutting herself. That’s really not my cup of tea, but that may be something that doesn’t bug others to read about.
I have to say….the world that Anna Silver created is really interesting and at times…jaw dropping. Like I said before, there was some awkwardness with some of the plot, but it takes real skill to create such a world. Kudos to Anna Silver.
The ending of the book was a big shocker! Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil anything for you, but oh my goodness. I was totally impressed with the ending, and I cannot wait to see what’s next in the Otherborn series. Great ending!
I would recommend Otherborn to fans of dystopia books. It takes a little bit to get into the book, but after that it’s awesome.
[rating: 3]
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