Anomaly is captivating, intriguing, and absolutely awesome!
From the very first page I was entangled into Thalli's world. McGee writes in such a way that it's nearly impossible to set the book down. The State is an inventive creation and is distinct from the many dystopian novels out there. I can only imagine the amount of time McGee put into it, but I can say that every moment spent shines through beautifully.
Thalli's voice is strong, unique, and her curiosity and her stubbornness endeared her to me. Thalli is simply fun to read about! Her budding confusion surrounding her encounters with Berk were amusing to read. I adored their friendship. In my opinion, friendship is a key element in a successful romance, and McGee accomplishes just that.
To say the least, I'm just a tad excited for the next book, Luminary- which is too far off in the future! :-) I don't read a lot of Young Adult (YA) fiction, primarily because I'm wary of the selection. I'm overjoyed to find authors like McGee and Williamson, who provide us with wholesome YA fiction. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Captives by Jill Williamson you will definitely enjoy this one.
I received this book from the publisher, via Litfuse, in return for an honest review of my opinions, thanks!
Minutes into the first few pages of "Anomaly", I knew I was in for trouble...that there was no way I'd be putting this book down any time soon! Krista McGee has created a fascinating futuristic world, a post-nuclear war age where science rules the day, and feelings and spirituality have been genetically removed from human DNA. I loved the idea of Thalli, a character who doesn't fit the mold but instead questions why things are the way they are, and feels things on a deep level. She is a wonderfully unique character with her love of music, her emotions and creativity, the way she discovers a Designer at work around her, and I simply couldn't read enough about her! Indeed, Krista has created a winning combination of characters as a whole, and has given them life such that readers will soon feel like they are friends. The story is full of twists and turns that kept me racing through the pages as I sought to discover what was real and what was not.
Yet the novel has also caused me to think about the nature of life on a deeper level, about what truly makes us human, and about our own efforts as a society to scrub God out of the equation and create our own morality and rules and meaning in our life. "Anomaly" shows the danger of stepping into God's shoes, and it does so in a wonderfully entertaining manner.
I, for one, am highly anticipating the next addition to Krista McGee's clever series. I highly recommend this wonderful addition to the world of dystopian fiction, and award it 5 out of 5 stars.
A review copy was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.
I jumped on board for this blog tour because I'm a huge fan of Krista McGee's previous books. But then I got nervous about reading the book. It's a huge departure from her other novelsâ€”genre-wise at leastâ€”and my exposure to dystopian YA is limited to The Hunger Games trilogy (which I loved, but stil!) Silly, I know. Well, thank goodness, I got over myself because Anomaly was fantastic!
The book starts off with Thalli counting down the last few minutes of her life. What a hook! At that point, I knew I wasn't going to be able to put the book down. Krista is an incredibly talented author. She managed to create an entire world in the future, develop characters that I adored, and tell a story with so many twists and turns I was never sure what was going to happen next. And the best part was that it all seemed so believable. Futuristic novels are usually hard for me to buy into because they seem so ridiculous, but I totally believed the reasons why this whole world was living like they were. I also loved how she creatively wove in threads of God's character throughout the bookâ€”even though only one character even acknowledges God at the beginning.
I think it's only fair to warn you that this book ends with a bit of a cliff-hanger. I HAVE to know what happens next, and I can't believe I have to wait several months for the next book! I guess, I'll be learning a little lesson about patience in the meantime. :) Anomaly is a fabulous book and I highly recommend it! [5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
In this novel of the future, nuclear war has occurred. The land, the water, and the air are all contaminated. People live underground in a society directed by The Scientists. They develop genetically engineered young people who are raised in a communal setting. Some are designed to be logical thinkers. Some become scientists. Others are workers. And when a person is no longer needed, he is annihilated.
Thalli was designed to be a musician. Her purpose is to stimulate the others in her pod so they will do their jobs better. But at seventeen, Thalli knew she was different from the others. She questioned while the others merely accepted. She felt when others showed no feelings. She was an anomaly. And that was why she was going to be annihilated.
I really liked this novel for young people. It had everything a futuristic novel should have. There is the post nuclear war future with a living environment controlled by scientists - one of whom gets inside people's brains. There is lots of futuristic equipment. There is the desire for a meaningful and emotion filled life. There is word of a Designer when all belief in God has been erased. There is the possibility of love as Thalli's friend, now scientist in training, Berk tries to help her live.
I especially liked the twisting of perception, going from reality to a simulated reality without the subject knowing. Like Thalli, I began wondering if the current scene was real or a created reality. And the twist at the end, speaking of created reality, was great.
This is a great novel for teens. There is a great presentation of the gospel and faith in Jesus. Teens who would like a thoughtful futuristic novel will like this one.
I received a complimentary egalley from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Anomaly by Krista Mcgee had me hooked within the first few chapters! It has an amazing plot with plenty of heart stopping drama. The book takes place into the future decades after the nuclear war... that left the world inhabitable for any life. But deep underground a handful of scientists known as The Ten built a secret compound that was meant to keep life going after the end of the world as we knew it. The only catch was the scientists have genetically engineered humans to be free from emotions in the hopes that war won't threaten their lives again. They believed emotions was the root of destruction. But Thalli was born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far thanks to her ability to hide those differences. But Thalli's secret is discovered when she is overwhelmed by the emotion in an ancient piece of music.
She is quickly scheduled for annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk, convinces The Ten to postpone her death and study her instead trying to save her life. While in the scientists' Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance in the pods. If the ten found out that Berk, the young scientist soon to be one of the ten, was lying to save an anomaly instead of his loyalty to the State, the punishment would be his life as well as Thalli's.
While she is trying to stay alive she hears rumors of someone called the Designerâ€”someone even more powerful than The Ten. What's more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of the scientists much larger plan for her then she could have ever imagined. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she's been looking for all along.
Thalli's situations were written so well the emotions she felt and experienced leaped off the pages and made me feel the same way as if I were right there beside her! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves nonstop adventure that leaves you breathless! I can not wait for the next book in the series to come out! Though I have to say that the genres of fantasy/scifi and the genre of Christian fiction in this book did not mix well. For the kind of plot this book was about it sounded like opposites. It felt forced and just did not quiet go together.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. The opinions are my own.