YA Review – Aberration – young adult science fiction

About the Book

Book: Aberration

Author: Cathy McCrumb

Genre: Science Fiction

Release date: November 15, 2022

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Freedom Awaits, but the Consortium is Watching

When rogue drones threaten citizens and the ship’s crew falls ill, the Recorder answers their call for help, once again drawing scrutiny from the Consortium.With no other option and under an Elder’s overbearing watch, she returns to Pallas Station where she nearly lost her life in the hope of finding something—anything—to save her friends and countless others. Her friends are determined to keep her safe, but for the Recorder, saving others comes first, no matter the cost. 

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 My Review

McCrumb, Cathy. Aberration. Carol Stream, IL: Enclave Publishing, 2022.

Aberration is the second book in Cathy McCrumb’s Children of the Consortium series. As with most series titles, I wish that there had been a summary of the story from Recorder, book one. For me the “previously in…” sections help me get into the story quicker. A little help remembering the characters and plot is appreciated in most cases. 

From what I remember Aberration starts pretty close to where Recorder left off. The characters and sci-fi world seem consistent with the previous book. Readers need to pay attention to the dates at the start of each chapter. There were a couple of times I was briefly confused because a chapter was a flashback and I didn’t realize it. Some of the flashbacks go back to a time before the events of the first book in the series. I appreciated having some of the back story filled in. 

While the book does have a satisfying ending with many “loose ends” tied up, there are still some “what’s next” questions that leave me hoping for another book in the series. 

Aberration was definitely a “can’t put it down” book for me. I look forward to reading more about the Children of the Consortium

Aberration is appropriate for a K-12 Christian school audience. There are a couple of references to Biblical stories and beliefs – but not all readers will necessarily pick up on them. 

I received a complimentary copy of Aberration. This is my honest review.

About the Author – Cathy McCrumb

Cathy McCrumb graduated from Biola University with a degree in English Literature and a love for stories. She and her husband, whom she met while writing letters to soldiers, have five children and currently live within the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. While writing is one of her favorite things to do, she also enjoys reading, long hikes and long naps, gluten-free brownies and raspberries, and crocheting while watching science fiction movies with friends and family. 

More from Cathy McCrumb

 After I finished writing Recorder, my main character was stuck. Or, more precisely, I was. Don’t get me wrong, I knew where she was, roughly what was going to happen, and what was going on elsewhere. But after the rush of finishing the first book and even having a great opening line for the second, I was at a standstill. Starting there didn’t make sense, didn’t set the scene. I tried again. And again. It bothered me for months. Then, on my way into work, a phrase popped into my head. Eyes on the stoplight, I fumbled in my bag, grabbed the first pen I could find, and scrawled the words on my left forearm in large block letters: NEED HELP WITH THE BODIES. And like that, I knew where to begin. (Fortunately, my coworkers were more amused than not, though I did wear long sleeves to church the next day, since I figured no one would find my Sharpie-scrawl comforting.) While some of the story fell into place as I had expected, it turns out anticipation of a few scenes didn’t dull the edge, and I cried for those. My characters didn’t always comply, and aside from the black block letters on my arm, Aberration had other surprises that made me laugh or cringe. Two of those twists shifted the book’s trajectory, and the Recorder still must deal with the repercussions. Life is like that. Some things trundle along like they should, but when change rears its head, everything can go sideways. A move, a sickness, a loss, a gain, a promotion… The good things—smiles, laughter, friends, song, color—don’t negate the uncomfortable things—failure, disappointment, isolation. But for those who believe in Christ, sorrow doesn’t have the final word. There is a sudden turn of joy, a grace in an unexpected twist that reminds us that there is no universal defeat awaiting us, even when it feels like all hope is lost. Writing frequently reminds me of a difficult child who doesn’t want to cooperate. Characters show up uninvited to reshape scenes, or the plot goes exactly as I expect, but carries a completely different meaning. Sometimes I have to pause and let the story wash over me. A lot like life. The reversal of sorrow to joy, of catastrophe to eucatastrophe, shows us a glimpse of the home that awaits. Light pierces the shadows of story and heart, illuminating the core of who we are as we journey further up and farther in. When you continue with the Recorder on her search for a name, for meaning, for hope, I hope that in those sudden surprise turns, you, too, hear the silver trumpets calling you home, no matter where or when you might be stuck. Because, really, you aren’t.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Cathy is giving away the grand prize of a signed hardback copies of Recorder and Aberration!!Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.https://promosimple.com/ps/22ec5/aberration-celebration-tour-giveaway

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