Anomaly by Krista McGee
Release Date: 07/09/13
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Summary from Goodreads:
Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.
Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things. She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong—and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community’s assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.
Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.
The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?
Goodreads Reading Challenge #36
I want to start by thanking Krista McGee and YA Bound Book Tours for letting me read and review this book!
Anomaly was an interesting read for me. I typically read a lot of YA dystopian novels so when I realized this was dystopian fiction I jumped at the chance to read and review this book!
I loved the way this book started, we are thrust into the very dystopic setting and the very precarious situation Thalli is in right from the first page of the book. The beginning just grips you and pulls you in which I really liked it. It had one of those beginnings that is a scene from the latter part of the book which is a very adrenaline filled, fear filled moment in the book which of course got me pumped to read the rest of the book.
One thing about this book that I really liked was that it was never predictable. I hate when books are so predictable and so cliché and played out but I really felt like this one had new things happening that I haven’t yet seen in a dystopic fiction novel yet. I did actually like the religious story that was woven into the dystopic fiction narrative, it’s not something that I have seen yet which made that really interesting. John was an interesting character for me and I was actually far more interested in his character than in our main character. He was just really intriguing and his story was just really interesting. I really liked seeing him interact with first Thalli and then hearing about his interactions with Berk.
I also wished that I had seen more of Thalli and Berks romance although what we see of it I loved experiencing, I also wish we had seen more of Progress and Stone because I think that was such an interesting and heartbreaking part of the story. Some of my favorite scenes involve Thalli and her experience of music that she creates or hears!
There was a quite a bit going on in this book so I was never bored which is a really good thing. I was definitely glued to the book because I wanted to see what was going to happen to Thalli and what was going to happen to John. I like that the book ended with a sense of hope for their group. I would say this book is worth giving a read if you are a fan of dystopian novels, there is a very heavy religious slant to it so keep an open mind. I think it works very well in a dystopic setting and I’m surprised that I haven’t read anything that incorporated a religious theme as heavily as this one yet. I rated this book a 4 out of 5 because I really liked the story and the characters!
About the Author
Krista McGee’s passion to see teens excited about serving God is a driving force behind her novels. Ever since college when she spent a summer working at a youth camp, McGee knew she wanted to invest in teenagers. Since then she’s been involved in a variety of youth ministries and currently teaches at a Christian school in Tampa, FL.
McGee broke into the writing world during her time in Spain. A friend encouraged her to submit an article to a Christian girls’ magazine, and it got published. Once her family moved back to Tampa, she got the idea for her first novel, First Date, a modern take of the story of Esther. Her subsequent books, Starring Me and Right Where I Belong, are based on Rebekah and Ruth.
When Krista McGee isn’t living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher and coffee snob.
Learn more about Krista McGee and her books at kristamcgeebooks.com. Readers can also become a fan on Facebook (krista.a.mcgee) or follow her on Twitter (@KristaMcGeeYA).
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