Review: Moirai

Moirai by Ruth Silver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 are preparing for the uprising that they and the rebel alliance have been planning for months.

With new abilities and special talents, from Mindonsiphan, Olivia learns that 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.

Moirai picks up a few months later after the ending of Aberrant. Olivia and Josh are training hard to prepare for their roles in Shadow’s plan to take down Cabal’s government. While the actual plan occurs towards the last quarter of the book, majorly it deals with the political events of the rebel alliance and focuses on the fertility problems.

Being a dystopian, you learn to be wary of any authority and I was holding my breath on every page going ‘the other shoe is going to drop’. Moirai, though not as well as Aberrant, does have good pacing, high stakes and a dynamic plot. Where Aberrant had them fighting for their lives, in Moirai Olivia and Josh are now somewhat in a position of power. They are able to make a difference and it was great to see them take up their roles. There is no whining, angst and god forbid, love triangles. It sticks well enough to the dystopian genre and provides plenty of backstory for the world-building. It however differs well enough in the subject matter dealt – most dystopic stories paint a bleak, survival-oriented world but here in the Aberrant universe, it places more emphasis on the political aspects of it. A controlling government, which makes it’s people rely on them and over what – kids? The concept confounded me in the beginning but as I got in deeper, I realized the impact such a small thing (compared to, you know, basic necessities) could have on the population at large.

About the writing, well, I felt this book did not do justice to Aberrant. It seemed sloppy at times and the dialogues did not flow well with the story, seemingly stilted and forced. The situation between Olivia and Josh and whether or not they want to go further seemed a bit like a check mark on a list, and like before, Josh just seemed kind of okay. As for the ending, it was better this time around, with the pacing matched to the book and a well-timed cliffhanger. I was thinking the story was ending and bang, plot for the sequel. I must admit, if it had ended as I thought it would, I would have been disappointed.

Lastly, I felt the title went so well with this book. I don’t say this often – but the moment when you realize why the book has been named so is so important and totally gives me goosebumps. It foreshadows the event at the ending too, and if this is the trend I am really interested what the title of the next book, Isaura, really means since there is a little hint in the book.

Received a copy from Lazy Day Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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