Series: Otherborn (Book One)
Author: Anna Silver
Release Date: April 4, 2013
Format: Paperback, ebook
Publisher: SapphireStar Publishing
Subgenres: dystopian, science fiction
Rating: 4 stars
What he doesn't know is that
When Pauly is murdered and an Otherborn goes missing,
This well-written book, called Otherborn, is a dystopian story that will rock your world! A fascinating plot, great characters and a love story is all it takes to love Otherborn. But let’s start from the beginning.
The main characters are London, a girl who smokes, has no father and a mother with a drinking problem, sings, plays the guitar and writes songs, a thing so beautiful and creative that makes her dangerous.
Rye is London's best-friend, her supporter, her biggest fan and the love of his life. Sounds pretty serious, but it is. They'd been through a lot before they shared their first kiss.
Zen is the adventurous one. Why? Because when Avery, his friend and the girl he loves, disappears, he's the first to go look for her. But he won't be alone, because the rest of the gang, including shy Kim, will go with him. Although, that's not the whole band. There was one last member, Degan, who was murdered in the beginning of the story.
“He swallowed back the things he wanted to tell her: how much he'd missed her, how scared he had been, that he thought he'd lost her for good, that he loved her..”
Apart from Avery, the other two things that brought them together is music, they have formed a band called Otherborn, of course, and the ability to dream. That's right. Dream. Something that is second nature to us, is so new to them.
In their dreams, they see their Otherborn. London's Otherborn is Si’dah, Rye’s is Roanyk, Kim’s is Atel, Zen’s is Geode, Degan’s is Hantu and then there's Avery who is missing. This is where it gets tricky, so let me explain. Si’dah, Roanyk, Atel, Geode, Avery and Hantu lived in their own world but they decided to sacrifice their lives, so that they could help their Other, London, Rye, Zen, Kim, Degan and Avery to improve their world. To start fresh after the Energy Crisis that downgraded their world. That's why they visit them in their dreams.
That's also what makes them unique and dangerous to the Tycoons, the people who took over after the Energy Crisis. And so they leave Capital City behind in order to find Avery. During their journey they meet Outroaders, former Capital City citizens and along them they get to know Tora, a young girl who is a Seer, meaning that she has the Sight, the ability to see things before they actually happen. Did they randomly meet or is she supposed to help them? And what about the murderer who is after them? Is Avery alive or has the murdered killed her? And in all this, there is a traitor as well. Who could it be? Find out by reading Otherborn by Anna Silver.
Interview with Anna Silver!
Thanks for having me! It is my first blog tour also, so you are in good company.
Otherborn…a pretty interesting word, if you ask me. How did you come up with this amazing story?
First of all, thanks for calling it amazing! I love doing dream research and I wanted to write a novel where dreaming had some supernatural central role. It made sense to me to contrast that vivid capacity against a bleak world. So, I decided to write a dystopian setting, where my characters’ dream abilities would really stand out.
Tell us a few things about
Otherborn is your debut novel. Tell us, how was it to write a novel and have it published?
It was fantastic! OTHERBORN is my first published novel, but it's the third novel I’ve written. So, I’m no stranger to the process. I love writing novels as it turns out, and I've thoroughly enjoyed writing every single one. That said, the journey to getting published is, for most, an uphill climb— steep— in bad shoes with no gear. It’s tough to face all that rejection after putting so much time and heart into your work. Authors end up being a tenacious, persistent bunch. The ones who refuse to give up. I’m very happy to call myself part of that pack now.
How long did it take you to finish it?
Was there a moment that you said, "I give up"?
What are you currently reading?
Believe it or not, I am actually reading OTHERBORN right now! And it's such a fun experience to sit and read my work just like a reader would. Before that, I was reading Gone With The Wind, because I never have. Before that, I reread The Handmaid’s Tale. My last YA read was Wake. And pretty soon, I'll start on Fraction of Stone, a YA I'm reviewing for another author with my publisher.
When can we expect the sequel?
Probably in a year. I've written it and will go through and edit it over the next week. Then send it out to beta readers, get their feedback, and clean it up some more. Then it will go to my publisher and from there it takes close to a year. I'm hoping to do all this at lightning speed!