Recently, I have the opportunity to “speak” with Ms. Silver, author of Abberant and Moirai and ask her a few questions. Here we go:
Literary Lemonade: Where did you get inspiration for the books?
Ms. Silver: While I was writing the first book, Aberrant, I was dealing with some pretty tough medical issues that led me to the Mayo Clinic. While going through it I needed a creative outlet, and at the same time I wanted a story about genetics and having the ability to make our own choices.
Literary Lemonade: When did you start writing?
Ms. Silver: I started writing poetry when I was a teenager. It wasn’t long before I was reading and writing fan fiction.
Literary Lemonade: If you had one piece of advice to a young writer,what would it be?
Ms. Silver: Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback. Constructive criticism will make you a better writer.
Literary Lemonade: Why did you start writing?
Ms. Silver: I’m not sure I have an answer for that. Why do some people take pictures or carry a video camera around? It’s something I wanted to do. I enjoyed reading and I suppose I wanted to tell my own story.
Literary Lemonade: What is your all time favorite book or writing?
Ms. Silver: I love The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Literary Lemonade: If you could use one adjective to describe yourself, what would it be?
Ms. Silver: Bubbly
Literary Lemonade: Would you like your books to be the basis of movie adaptations?
Ms. Silver: I would absolutely love that! It would be an honor.
Literary Lemonade: If you could meet and author,living or deceased who would it be?
Ms. Silver: John Green. He wrote my favorite book, so it seems fitting.
It was a pleasure learning more about Ms. Silver and not only do I look forward to reading her next book but she also gave me a new book to add to my “Must Read List!”
I really enjoyed the book Moirai, which is the sequal to Aberrant. It’s got a fair amount of everything a good book needs … suspense, humor and a down-to-Earth attitude. AND I love the end … it’s got a big cliffhanger (but we will get to that later).
At the beginning, Olivia gets “attacked” by her mentor in an attempt to train her against sneak attacks. Her mentor tells her that Chancellor Collins has called a meeting. At the meeting, Olivia discovers that another rebel city has been attacked by fighter planes. What happens next is Olivia and her “frenemy” Cate are being sent to it in the morning to look for survivors. They meet Adelaide, a little girl and two other adults.
Olivia and Josh (her fiance) take Adelaide in and treat her as their own. Sadly, this new family is short-lived when they discover one of the two adults is Adelaide’s Aunt. And, of course, Adelaide and her Aunt return to their family. At first Olivia is sad, but then Olivia becomes distracted on a new mission when she is sent to a another rebel city. Here she is helping to look for a cure for infertile women. Why is this important, because the cure for the ”Red Plague” made women infertile – thus, there was a threat to the human population. While there, she discovers that not only is her father is alive BUT he is married to another woman. Olivia is so mad, she won’t even look at her father (and to be honest, I don’t blame her). Next Olivia helps a woman deliver baby by using a new hormone supplement .
Olivia is next sent to Genesis, her hometown. Here, she infiltrates the government by going to the Governor’s house as a slave. That was until the Rebels came back and attacked the city. Since Joshua arrived with the other Rebel attackers, they head for home and Joshua surprises Olivia with a wedding ceremony (romantic, right)!
However, the former Governor of the city the Rebels totally annihilated and takes Joshua. [See, I told you it was a cliffhanger!] I look forward to reading what will happen next …
I recently read Aberrant by Ruth Silver. I really enjoyed the book, for several reasons. To me the book was about breaking free from the regulations and rules AND being yourself. The book starts out in an era where there is only one way to do things and, if you do it a different way, your are considered an “outsider.”
Our main character in Aberrant is Olivia. She is a “normal” girl who lives in a house with the same floor plan as every one else in the city except the Governor, because of government regulations. She has same style clothes as every one else, because of government regulation and although everything else seems normal, to her it does not. She is in a forbidden relationship with a boy (Joshua) and her usually “open-book” mother is acting oddly quiet and reclusive. But, since Olivia is 18, she must marry someone the government choses. Because, you guessed it, the government regulates everything and everyone. Anyone who defies the government is sent to the gravelands, a hostile land outside the city (where living is next to impossible). She is escorted to the ceremony in her government issued white dress. The ceremony begins … the girls sit on one side of the stage and the boys on the opposite side with Governor Craynor in the middle.
One thing I noticed that, throughout the story that Olivia had a strong dislike top Governor Craynor. When she talked about him, it made him seem like an aristocrat and a good for nothing jerk. [So there may be a back story we don't know about quite yet.] Ok, back to the story.
As the teens sat on the stage, their names get called and paired with someone on the opposite side of the stage. Finally, Olivia’s name is called and she is happily paired with Joshua. They proceed with the ceremony which includes doing a combination of exchanging vows and doing a quick dance number, and Olivia and Joshua head to their new home.
Olivia’s mother comes over and asks Olive to leave the door to her house unlocked because she has something important to tell Olive. Now, she thinks this is odd because Olivia’s mother is usually very open. But as Joshua and Olivia go to bed the Police come and arrest Olivia for unknown reasons. During the night, Joshua and his mother show up and bust Olivia out of the jail and lead her to a set of tunnels that will take her to a city in the gravelands (so it turns out that Joshua’s family is not as normal as we thought either ) and they begin their trek to the mysterious city …
On the way to the city, Joshua reveals that he found Olivia’s Dad’s secret diary in her cellar when he was getting supplies for the trip. Then Olivia discovers that she was a regular born child, not like the children who are made in “breeding camps” and sold in the lottery. Once they arrive in the city, they meet the “High Council.” It is there that they learn that Olivia will be required to mate with another person for several years to show their loyalty to the Counsel. This is heartbreaking to the young couple. Soon they flee to a nearby city.
I really enjoyed the individualism of Olivia in the book because she really showed that she is no girl to mess with and she doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty.
I joined cross county this year and this past week we had our second meet. It was an easy run – only 1.8 miles long. The day of the meet it was a bit cooler (not in the triple digits) with cloud cover. I ran it in 12 minutes and 9 seconds and got 45th place, which was cool and an improvement because at the previous meet I was in the 89th position. I was really proud of my improved speed (actually, I think I learned how to pace myself a bit better and did not require as much walking)!
But I was even more proud of something else … more later (hint, hint, hint)! I have a friend on my team who has severe asthma but he is still a great athlete. Not only does he run but he was also on my swim team. And, although he tends to finish towards the back of the boys pack, he still gets out there and tries his best. During this meet, we realize that he is dead last. So, my girlfriends and I decided to get back out on the course and finish the race with him.
Finishing with him felt a lot better than actually finishing the regular competition. Our coach even started crying because he was so proud of us. And even though my friend finished last, he was still smiling from ear to ear … and if felt so good to know that I helped bring that smile to his face.
Today, we thought that we would do something a bit different to memorialize the end of the summer break … yes, we start school on Monday (but I will save that for another blog)! So, we decided to wonder around South Congress (in Austin). Our first stop was a we went to Big Top Candy Shop … because I am like an other tween, I happen to LOVE candy. My Mom said that both my sister and I can pick one thing. We spent quite a while looking around. I had a hard time deciding between the 1 pound Sugar daddy, a HUGE gummy bear, and a stick of gum that was a full yard long, I was a “kid in a candy store” – ha ha ha!
As we were continuing our “adventure”, I saw this on the side of South Congress Book store. And, how appropriate is that for me?! I think the deers’ heads are big because they’re taking in knowledge and the bats stand for Austin (because the bat population is huge).
For lunch, we stopped by Home Slice (the logo is below). I really like the moustache because it kinda reminds me of Mario (from the video game). While we were waiting for our pizza they brought us these balls of pizza dough (I think it was to keep the “little kids” entertained and I did not want to make my sister feel bad so I played as well). I had a HUGE slice of sausage pizza with extra garlic. It was tasty. They also had these really cool t-shirts but they did not have one small enough for me.
We saw this sign beside the Hey Cupcake food trailer. I think this goes for those people who are always negative. (I probably should try to do this more!)
Does anybody get this picture? My Mom did not and I had to explain it to her! There is a song by The Beatles called “Lucy in the Sky.” They owners of this costume shop were making a pun/joke. I happen to really like the Zebra’s dress.
And, of course, this is the State of Texas capital building. I thing it is very pretty and I happen to like the pink color/tint of the building.
That was the little “adventure” that we did today. We had a really good time and look forward to doing more exploring soon.
Recently, a friend loaned me a book to read. Actually, she loaned me three books to read (all combined into one) which include the Fallen, the Stolen, and the Chosen. Combined, they make the 9 Lives of Chloe King Trilogy. Instead of rushing and trying to squeeze all three books into one post. I will start with the Fallen (Book 1). Here we have a big mix of supernatural stuff and a boat load of confusion (for Chloe).
The story starts off with Chloe falling 200 feet from the Coit Tower in San Francisco. Of course, Chloe should have died, but miraculously she survived. From this point forward, strange things begin happening to Chloe. She now has claws and she can see in the dark really well. Soon after, a boy from her school (Aleyc) confronts her and tells her she is one of an ancient race with “cat-goddess” given gifts. Aleyc is also one. Aleyc takes Chloe to Firebird Real Estate Headquarters, which is really a front for the ancient race (Mai) headquarters. [So, right now the book is kinda James Bondish.]
Upon getting to Firebird, Chloe meets Sergei, the Mai’s Leader. Sergei teaches Chloe the “dos and don’ts” of a Mai. She also discovers the “Pros and Cons” of being a Mai. The “Pros” are: claws, night vision eyes, and flexibility. The “Cons” are being hunted by a psychotic group called the 10th Blade. The 10th Blade believe the Mais are a disgrace to the Gods. Can you guess what happens next … you guessed right - Chloe was attacked by a psychotic 10th Blader. Who, after the fight, falls off the Golden Gate Bridge.
I felt the moral of Book 1 is that against all odds, you will fight for the one you love and stop at nothing to prevail. This Book had a lot of good detailing and it was easy to picture all of the action as it was happening. One thing that I didn’t like about this Book was the ending. I felt the ending was a bit too much of a cliffhanger (trying to figure out what Chloe will do next); however, I only had to turn a few pages and was able to start Book 2!
This book, Remarkable, is about finding your special gift. I found this to be a down-to-Earth book about life. Here we have Jane Doe, an “orindary” girl who lives in a town called Remarkable. In Remarkable, everyone is really good at something … it would seem, everyone but Jane. For example, Jane’s brother is an artist, her sister is a genius at math and her Mother is a famous architect.
Over the course of one day, Jane has dinner with a pirate and learns that Remarkable’s very own Ysquibel (a famous musician/composer) is missing and that her Grandpa is best friends with a monster, named Lucky. It is rumored that Lucky is bigger than the Lochness Monster and that he has a weakness for beautiful music which is a problem because the town is building a bell tower to play Ysquibel’s music. This creates a problem because if Lucky is exposed then the town’s monster hunters will hunt him. which is because the town is building a bell tower that will play Ysquibel’s most beautiful composition; Which would bring Lucky out of the water and bring monster hunters from around the country to try to get him.
In the span of little time, we meet evil twins who nearly destroy the town by building a machine to control the weather. Jane’s Grandpa is charged because he stole the ropes from the bell tower to save Lucky. We finally also learn that the good-mannered pirate and the composer are one and the same. Jane learns that she is a good-people person and that everyone likes her because she sees the good in all things and everyone.
I enjoyed this book and it makes you think about never underestimating yourself. Everyone is good at something, you just have to figure out what it is. It is also important to try new things so that you can find a variety of things to do well and learn, without selling yourself short.