After reading Anomaly this summer, I could hardly wait to read Luminary! I got my hands on a copy last week and moved it to the top of my TBR stack. While Thalli was a little ... whiny ... at the beginning, I soon got over my frustration with her and got swept up in the drama of their escape from the State. It was fascinating to read about three characters who were experience life as we know it (relatively speaking anyway) for the first time. McGee's creativity in describing things like home and parents and marriage and horses from the perspective on people who have never seen nor experienced these things was brilliant!
My favorite part of the story was seeing John and Thalli's friendship grow as Thalli came to know the Designer (God) better. John encouraged Thalli in so many ways. I also enjoyed seeing how Psalm 23 was woven throughout the book in subtle ways. I also enjoyed the fact that I never really figured out what was going to happen next. There were a couple of characters that I'm still not sure which "side" they're on. Ha!
With a huge cliffhanger ending, I'm really excited for the conclusion, Revolutionary, later this year! Krista McGee is a talented writer, and I highly recommend her stories for readers of all ages! [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Wow, this book was everything I'd hoped it would be and more! Thalli, Berk, Rhen and John have escaped below ground and are finally venturing into the unknown searching for survivors. Berk has made all the necessary preparations for them to go two weeks on their own. Thalli is overwhelmed with different emotions, but she is mostly fearful that Monitors will be sent after them.
Thalli is very negative and fearful at first, she is in disbelief that they've gotten away so easily but at the same time it's not the moment for celebrating yet. The four of them have no idea what they will face and traveling into the unknown for the first time (except John who keeps the morale of the group up with his faith) is the bravest thing these teens have ever done. They have also left the Scientists in a desperate situation, how far will they really get? This is the most human Thalli has ever felt and it's incredible seeing the world through her eyes.
The world is unsafe and The Ten are the only good__this is what Thalli has known her whole life before she escapes. Now she will learn the opposite is true for both the world and The Ten.
What Thalli sees/smells/feels for the first time:
Berk keeps his distance throughout most of the book, his part in this sequel is much less. John is overjoyed at this new freedom and talking to people who are not scientists. I thought his role was much larger and more precious in this story. Thalli discovers what it means to feel jealous and it's not pleasant.
It's really difficult to make a sequel that has the heart of the story intact and the actual story is just as interesting as the original or even MORE interesting. I believe McGee achieves this for Luminary and then some. Thalli is still seeking peace for all survivors in this book and she takes risks thinking of others before herself yet she makes it clear that she's no hero. She's tired of death and evil leaders who make themselves look good while destroying innocent lives, I was amazed by what she is able to overcome and how her faith is built up in the process. Even as an anomaly, she is not meant to live a normal life by any means.
There is death and sadness in this book, but there is definitely hope and freedom as well. Just when I thought all had been resolved, another twist comes about making me eager to read Book 3, Revolutionary, when it comes out in July. I have no idea how this series will be concluded, but I look forward to going with Thalli all the way.
I want to thank Booksneeze and Thomas Nelson for the review copy provided. I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed are my own.
This book was, at the beginning, a little slow for me: I found Thalli rather unlikable and the other characters seemed a little dull. However, after the first few chapters, the story really picked up (and I began to like Thalli again). It was very different in tone than the previous book, but it fit this story. It felt reminiscent of some instances in the Old Testament in the books of Judges and 1&2 Kings.
The one thing I didn't like was the beginnings of a love triangle. Nooooo, I felt like screaming, Luke-Skywalker-like. What is it with YA fiction and love triangles? However, though I didn't care for that aspect of the book, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story so much that it ruined it for me. I liked the way the Luminary gave closure to the main conflict of its story but still ended on a cliffhanger. I'm definitely curious for the next book, Revolutionary, and can't wait until it comes out this summer!
I received this book for free from booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.
Luminary (Anomaly) by Krista McGee is the continued saga of Thalli. Book 1 was a thrilling read that I knew I just had to grab a copy of the next adventures in Thalli's life and this book was even better than the first. You are grabbed from the first sentence and taken into a world that seems impossible to exist and yet, for the briefest time, it does. I was happily lost in this new United States where Thalli is experiencing a life she only saw in pictures. It was an awakening for her and me, the reader, because I have been known to take life for granted and this story made me realize life is beautiful. Thalli may have to fight for way in a world she knows not how to live in but the struggle is worth the effort in the end. At times I feel a real connection to these characters because of their relatability, I was thoroughly engrossed in each of their parts in the story as a whole. All in all this is the kind of story that you can lose yourself in and enjoy the time away from the day to day.