Saturday, April 6, 2013

TOUR STOP: Otherborn by Anna Silver

Author: Anna Silver
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Release Date: April 4th 2013
Pages: 230 (e-ARC)
Read in: 4 days
Genre: YA Dystopian

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?

*A free review copy was provided for my review*

Otherborn was a moderately paced, thrilling dystopian read that'll thrust readers into a new world filled with hatred, desperation, and poverty all while slowly uncovering, love, hope, and friendship.

I really loved the pace in which Otherborn was set at. It was perfect for the novel! The beginning of the novel was a little slow, but once people started dying, and going missing the story just had this huge kick-start that made me want to stay up until I had memorized every last page in Otherborn. The characters were beautifully developed! I mean, each one had an individual back-story that just made me love each and every one of them differently. Of course, my favorite was London, the protagonist. I loved how at one moment she was friendly, sassy, kick-ass, and the next she was vulnerable,yet brave and put-together. 
The ending was a no - NO. It had way more potential, and then out of nowhere -BOOM!- there's a cliffhanger. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, and felt as if Otherborn could have been a stand-alone, instead, the book concluded with what seemed to me, to be anything but a cliff-hanger. Also, I wasn't entirely sure how the Otherborn concept worked, but when it was mentioned in the book, I felt as if I had to flip back pages to understand what was going on.
For me, Otherborn was an action-filled, discover-yourself, kind-of-read that added to my new dystopian addiction. However, I was disappointed in the ending, and confused with some concepts presented in the novel. Nevertheless, Otherborn is a to-read, but I'd classify it as more of a save-for-later.

Link up with the author!
 Anna Silver is an artist and writer living in the greater Houston area with her family, pets, and overactive imagination. Her art, which includes oil paintings, assemblage sculptures, and fairy houses, has been featured in the Houston gallery Las Manos Magicas. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University in Austin. She has written web copy for private clients and freelanced for the Hill Country Current in Texas. Her write-up on a past-life regression experience was chosen to be featured in best-selling author Brian Weiss’ new book. She is a member of the Writer’s League of Texas. OTHERBORN is her first published novel.


  1. I so appreciate your review Anastasia Demitra! What a great blog!

  2. You are most welcome. Thank you :*