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There are many interesting aspects to this tale, set in a post-apocalystic future (this is the second installment of a trilogy). The main characters have been given a drug that allows certain "gifts" to develop, and they endure rigorous training, all with an eye pointed toward revolution and the overthrow of a fascist government. Unfortunately, it reads like a work still in progress. While the writing is basically competent, there are still errors and a lack of polish, and the construction of the novel could use some work. These things are important, especially when writing for younger readers (the novel is geared toward young adults). Still, most readers will like the adventure. The ending is satisfying, with a final bit that urges the reader on to the next book. Although the book can stand alone, most readers will be curious about what came previously. ( )
  Carrie.Kilgore | Mar 23, 2014 |
I liked Moirai, but not as much as Aberrant. I love the Dystopian picture that Silver depicts, and the slight science-fiction aspect that the Mindonsiphan gives the characters. I love the paperback covers A LOT, and I think Silver is a great writer. The thing I guess, is that I wasn't on the edge of my seat until the later part of the book. I was hoping for more progress with the relationship between Josh and Olive, a few answers to the mystery questions; instead there's a few missions, a little of this and a little of that.

The story really picks up for me when Olive along with others go to Torv. There Olive discovers some secrets are best kept.. but she also finds out a bit more about her powers that come from the Mindonsiphan. From there, Olive has to crash into the city that she used to live in. Here's my reaction to the last 35% of the book:






I will say that there's a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the book, making me sit in angst until the next book comes out.. BUT for me, I thought the book had a good resolution, and eluded to some ish to come. As I said with Aberrant, I wish there were a bit more romance in this series. I think the subject matter (getting pregnant, or lack thereof) is a bit older than YA, yet it maintains a PG rating. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that, I'd just like a bit more steam, personally.

Anyway, it's a good read and good for a middle book. I will most definitely be reading the next installment, but until then will be waiting impatiently! ( )
  asgwilli | Dec 2, 2013 |
I absolutely loved Aberrant, completely unable to put it down, so I was thrilled to get my hands on this book! It did NOT disappoint! The action pulls you in right from the beginning and you are right back in the midst of Olivia and Joshua's new lives. One of the things that I loved most about the first book was how much I was emotionally affected by the things that were happening to Olivia. That same feeling was definitely a part of this one. Ruth is masterful at creating characters, and equally masterful at creating suspense that grabs the reader by the throat and holds them hostage!

The suspense, the uncertainty... those were the things that kept me turning the pages. I (meaning Olivia!) had no idea who to trust, who was truly who they portrayed themselves as. Even after finishing this installment, I am still unsure of some of these characters! I have my eye on Chloe, which will mean nothing UNLESS YOU READ THESE BOOKS!

The world building is amazing, just as it was in the first. This dystopian world, heavily laced with science fiction, is a world that is at the same time both foreign and entirely believable. We venture to new places in this world, places that make you pray that our world today never turns into that world..

And finally, Olivia and Joshua. They are such a beautiful couple, thrown together during impossible times and forced to live beyond their years. In many ways, they are living for everyone else EXCEPT themselves. But they remain true to one another. What I love the most about their relationship is how it was written by the author. Many times when young adults in fiction are forced to grow faster than that which is normal, their relationships are pushed that way, too. That doesn't happen here; instead, their relationship progresses as THEY want it to, the one thing that they do for themselves!

Things to love about Moirai...

-Olivia and Joshua. They are so young, but so full of honor as they fight for their people. Olivia's matter-of-fact, albeit reluctant, acceptance of her role in the new world is astonishing!
-Adelaide. She is a breath of fresh air, a spot of youthful color in a world that can be colorless and bleak,
-The world of the Aberrant series. It is dark and bleak and often terrifying, but it is so very real!
-A trademark Ruth Silver cliffhanger. Both frustrating and compelling!

Things I wanted more of...

-Conflict with Joshua's father. I know that sounds weird, but I feel like that man is evil!
-Resolution of who was trustworthy and who wasn't. But this is unrealistic, since there is another book to come!

My recommendation: Run, run, run! Click, click, click. Whatever your method of shopping... BUY THESE BOOKS! ( )
  Kiki870 | Oct 6, 2013 |
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Olivia has been on the run from the government of Cabal since the marriage ceremony. Finally settling in and finding herself a place to call home in Shadow, Olivia and Joshua prepare for the uprising that they and the rebel alliance have been planning for months. With new abilities and special talents from Mindonsiphan, Olivia learns she can do more than most ordinary eighteen year olds. Learning both to hide and perfect her skills will be one of the biggest challenges she’ll be forced to face. A constant rollercoaster of emotion and adventure await Olivia and Joshua as they embark on a journey to the rebel city of Torv, and what was once home, Genesis.

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