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?
Wow! What an unexpected and surprising treat Otherborn is! Young Adult, Dystopian and Science Fiction all rolled into one with a unique plot that kept me riveted for a few days.
The beginning of the book starts out a bit slow as the world-building is created and the characters introduced. London is the main protagonist, a fiesty, bullheaded teen who dreams, creates a song, which is new and therefore, illegal. But not only is she dreaming, so are a few of her friends.
Dreaming is also not allowed. But they all dream of themselves in another world. As the story flows, one of their own is kidnapped and another killed. As London and her friends try to find their missing friend, a series of events transpire and secrets are revealed that will change everything.
I loved this book! I was thoroughly engrossed from cover to cover, and was sad to see it end. I can't wait for the next book in this new series! London is a great character but I'm looking forward to watching her grow and mature. There are a few of her friends as well, that I'd like to see get their own shining moments and move into the spotlight. The characters are realistic and the world-building is memorable and unique. If you're looking for something fresh and exciting, pick up Otherborn! It's GREAT!
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