Book Review: Otherborn by Anna Silver


Title: Otherborn
Author: Anna Silver
YA Paranormal, dystopian
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing (April 4, 2013)
Reading level: Young Adult
ISBN-13: 978-1938404320

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?

Personal Reaction

I’m fascinated with dreams, which are considered New, and therefore illegal in OTHERBORN. Silver handled the unique premise of outlawing New in a way that enriched Capital City where the main character, London lives. London has a brash and feisty personality, which is balanced out by her resolute and kind Otherborn counterpart. I loved the contrast between London’s bleak reality and her Otherborn’s lush Midplane. I found most of the characters likable and was impressed by the extent of loyalty between London and her crew. Silver built the right amount of conflict and tension to draw readers into her dystopian world and created characters who are leery, yet determined to embrace New.


I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA, paranormal, dystopian and feisty protagonist. 🙂

Big News!

I’m so proud to announce that I’ve joined the amazing group of authors at Sapphire Star Publishing! It still feels surreal. I was on vacation in Florida when one of the co-owners contacted me. As soon as I read, “Thank you for contacting Sapphire Star Publishing,” I assumed it was a nice start to yet another rejection. I actually asked my husband to read the email to confirm it was a full manuscript request. Then, came the wait and ensuing self-doubt some writers experience when their baby a.k.a. manuscript is in the hands of an agent, editor, or publisher.

When the response arrived with a publishing contract for my YA dark paranormal romance EDGE OF TRUTH, I cheered and danced around my kitchen. I’m so excited about this next phase in my writing career I hardly know what to do with myself. I’m so grateful for my amazing CPs Dawn Allen, L.L. McKinney, and Nicole McLaughlin and their continued support and encouragement over the years. The next round of Chai Tea Lattes is on me, girls! *Hugs!*

As a bonus, Nicole is also a photographer. She took my official author photo, which I’m so making my new blog, Facebook, twitter, etc. picture. Latte + cookie for you. 🙂

Even more exciting, I have a release date for EDGE OF TRUTH. 

Click here to see the official Sapphire Star Publishing announcement.

p.s. The clues I gave yesterday (excluding 4, 8, and 13) were tidbits about characters in my book.

Be Inspired Meme

I was tagged by blogger Melissa Maygrove for the Be Inspired meme. The instructions say to answer the following questions, and then tag five people.  I can do that…
1. What is the name of your book?
2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
As with many of my stories, this one started with a dream. The main character, sixteen year old Rena Moon, was hiding under the floorboards of her house while strange men beat up her father in an attempt to force him to reveal her location. This scene isn’t in the book, but it made me wonder why “they” wanted her.  I discovered she lived in an oppressive, futuristic society where turning over people with special abilities is profitable. At first, Rena only has a sensitivity to ground vibrations, but as she grows older her powers grow stronger and her emotions begin triggering earthquakes.
3. In what genre would you classify your book?
YA dark paranormal with sci-fi elements. There’s romance, too.
4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?
  I often find my characters on or The images I use for Rena and Nevan (her love interest) are not stock photography, so I can’t post them. It’s hard to find actors who resemble them. If I had to pick, I’d say Chanel Iman, only with a splatter of freckles across the ridge of her nose and cheeks for Rena;  Jason Momoa, only seventeen, bi-racial, and with one hazel/one blue eye for Nevan; and Anneliese van der Pol for Rena’s BFF Blaze.
5. Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book.
In the year 2248, Rena Moon, a free-spirited teen in a dictatorial society, struggles to control her emotion-based power to trigger earthquakes until her best friend is held ransom for the one thing that would free her from oppression.
6. Is your book already published / represented?
Shopping it around. I’ve had a few nibbles.
7. How long did it take you to write your book?
Writing it the first time didn’t take long. The editing and revisions that followed took a while.
8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours?
Like Melissa, I don’t want to compare my writing to a published author. I think readers who enjoy paranormal stories would like this book. Even though I love vampires, werewolves, books with fey, readers won’t find that kind of paranormal in EoT. Instead, my characters possess abilities like mind reading, supernatural speed, and I also have a clairvoyant.
9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?
I’m a huge fan of L.A. Banks. Her characters are strong and down to earth. I also crush on Kresley Cole. That woman really knows how to breathe life into characters and I often take notes on her fight scenes. She’s a master of creating tension between characters. Overall, I wouldn’t say any one particular author inspired me to write this book, but I’m an avid reader and I read like a writer, so I’m always learning through observation.
10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book. 
See #5 and then ask yourself how well you might control your emotions when your loved ones are in mortal danger and you’re the one to blame.

Now to tag five others…

Laura Diamond @ Lucid Dreamer
Kelly Hashway @ Kelly Hashway (her link here)
Leatrice McKinney @ Info Dump a la El (her link here)
Dawn Allen @ Write On (her link here)
Nickie Anderson @ Here’s the story

I look forward to learning more about you. Please leave a note in the comments if you decide to participate. Thanks!