Welcome to the blog tour for Overborn by Anna Silver. My tour stop includes a synopsis, review and a giveaway!
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 liked London’s character. She’s smart and tough, but certainly not perfect. London is the type of person that you root for. It was nice to see a YA novel where a girl actually has friends. Most YA novels show the girl either with a boyfriend, trying to get a boyfriend or trying to decide between two different guys, usually with a token friend so that she’s not just talking to herself for chunks of the book. I was happy to see Landon with a good group of friends.
I felt like I really knew London because Anna Silver does such a good job of introducing us to her. We get a good look into her life- where she lives, her family, friends, etc. I like that you have enough of her back story and enough details about her life to make her feel like a real, fully fleshed out person. It made me more invested in her character and I cared more about her and her story.
Otherborn is a bit slow at some points; it wasn’t consistent at keeping my attention. The ideas and events in the book are interesting but I found myself skimming the book at times, although the book does pick up.
This book had some parts that reminded me of other YA dystopian novels. For example London creating a new song reminded me about how the Society in Matched had kept 100 dresses, 100 history lessons, 100 songs etc and nothing more was kept or made.
I really enjoyed the writing in Otherborn. Anna Silver adds so many details and descriptions of the world, events and characters in Otherborn that you feel as if you are there. It makes for a more interesting read when the author has put a lot of thought and effort into creating a full world and Anna Silver does not disappoint.
I would give Otherborn 4/5 stars and would highly recommend this book.
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