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Series: Otherborn, #1
Author: Anna Silver
Published: Sapphire Star Publishing
Release Date: April 4, 2013
Source: received a copy from publisher
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][the book depository]
In a reprocessed world, everything is … reprocessed. Music is repeatedly played and learned. Materials are recycled or reused. Nothing is new. People no longer dream and inside the concrete walls of the city, anything that is out-of-norm is not tolerated. Unlike many who cannot dream while they sleep at night, London and a few of her friends are different. They can dream. They can create new songs and they know they could be in huge trouble if they’re being discovered. When people around them are murdered and then one of them goes missing, London knows they have to do something about their situation. Will they be able to find their missing friend before it’s too late?
To be honest, I can’t imagine myself living in a world where nothing is new and everything is reprocessed. I think I’d feel claustrophobically suffocated! So, when I was being introduced to the few astral or otherworldly beings who chose to sacrifice for the greater good to hopefully save the reprocessed world, I was stunned. On one hand, I was fascinated and humbled by these amazing souls, but on the other hand, I felt totally baffled by their lack of planning. They seemed so clueless about the scope of danger that they put themselves into and I must say it’s quite a wonderment that most of them were able to survive when the story came to its end in this installment. You’d have to read the book to fully grasp the extent of how the astral realm would play an essential part in the plot as well as the character development here but if I may share one thing, I’d say the story would not be as interesting as it is if the astral beings had planned things thoroughly before they made their sacrifice for the reprocessed world.
Without a doubt, London is a person with a big heart. She cares about her friends but at the same time, she doesn’t feel like she wants to openly express herself. When she gradually pieces together the fragments of what her dreams really mean, she knows she must do something wise but being a teenager with a quick temper, it’s not easy for her to behave in a disciplined and diplomatic manner. I wouldn’t say I dislike her but she is not exactly a character that I feel I could easily connect with.
The situation leading to the conclusion of this installment is dire and thrilling but the ending? It leaves me with a number of burning questions unanswered. While I’m glad I took the time to read the book, I felt dissatisfied as I would probably not be able to feel resolved until the next book comes out! 🙁
After finishing the book and giving it some thoughts, I’d say Otherborn is a multi-faceted story that is entertaining, different and thought-provoking. With a tone that is dark, corrupted and miserable, it reveals to us a dystopian world that is the result of a plethora of lies stemming from indulgence, superficiality, selfishness and greed. Although I didn’t feel as connected with the characters as I’d like, I appreciate the uniqueness of how dreams can bring out an astral/ metaphysical flavor to the story. If you’ve never read a dystopian novel with an astral/ metaphysical aspect, you may want to look this one up and add it to your to-read list. I had a good time reading it and I hope you will too.