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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781401688752
ISBN-13: 9781401688752
Availability: In Stock
Series: Anomaly

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Publisher's Description

Thalli thought escaping to the surface would mean freedom. But is she any less of an anomaly aboveground?

After escaping an underground annihilation chamber, Thalli, Berk, Rhen, and John find themselves fleeing across the former United States, aboveground for the first time. As the defectors cross the for gotten landscape, the three youths see things the y had only read about on screens: horses, rain, real books—and a colony of unsanctioned survivors living the ancient way in a town called New Hope.

When the citizens of New Hope reveal the truth of what happened years ago, Thalli is left unsettled and skeptical of everything she’s ever been told. Can she trust anything from the State, including her own feelings for Berk? When she volunteers for a peace mission to New Hope’s violent neighbor, Athens, her confusion mounts as the supposedly ruthless Prince Ale x turns out to be kind and charming. Although everyone in New Hope warned her not to, she can’t help but fall for him.

Meanwhile, John’s unwavering faith in the goodness of the Designer begins to make its mark on Thalli’s heart. But can Thalli really come to trust in a generous, protective Designer who rules over all things? Would that not be setting herself up for another betrayal?

The time for her to decide is now . . . because the State is closing in.

“McGee once again blends a Christian message within a horrific science fiction plot . . . death, torture, and confusing love triangles.” —Booklist

“McGee blends the determination of faith, the malevolence of those who extol power over decency, and the assertion of individual integrity in a humane glimpse at youthful courage.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Author Bio

When Krista McGee isn't living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she lives in Tampa and spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher, and coffee snob. She is also the author of AnomalyFirst Date, Starring Me, and Right Where I Belong.

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  1. Michelle R. Wood
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Sequel Strains to Tell Its Own Tale
    September 9, 2014
    Michelle R. Wood
    This review was written for #2: Luminary.
    This sequel to Krista McGee's award-winning novel "Anomaly" feels at war with itself. It wants to continue the threads of the plot begun in the previous book, deepening the relationships and raising the stakes for the characters. But there's an entirely different, very intriguing story about the friction between authority and autonomy in the greater world outside. These two threads needn't clash but often do, making for a choppy read. There's a genuinely good story here; unfortunately, it's hampered by the structural needs of a trilogy's second act.

    "Luminary's" opening begins immediately after "Anomaly's" close, attempting to recapture a sense of urgency. I say attempt because, having a few months between the two books, I never quite experienced the adrenaline rush McGee clearly wanted me to feel despite the rapid (almost dizzying) succession of obstacles she put in the heroes' path. Nor could I appreciate Thalli's emotional crisis, given how it zeroed in on one of fiction's most tired tropes: a misunderstanding leading to an argument leading to a love triangle.

    Once the characters encountered more people the story really picked up, one not as encumbered by the need to serve as a direct sequel. The main plot about the challenges of leadership and governance proved far more interesting than the Berk/Thalli love problem, which fortunately ebbed in focus and returned the better for the distance. Here the book returned to form, exploring a new world through Thalli's unique perspective, allowing her to grow by not only making decisions but facing the consequences of them.

    The Prince of one of the cities they encounter could easily have become just another extension of the aforementioned love triangle, yet he grew far beyond that into a complicated individual who at once despises brutality but is shaped by it, desiring love but afraid of its pain. Thalli's true talents blossom again in his world, including her musical gifts (the best part of "Anomaly") and a deep desire for truth above mere comfort.

    I found the style of writing more enjoyable the previous go round, given the stark utilitarian setting. I'd wish Thalli's growth as a character were mirrored by development in the narrative form, giving more scale to her journey. Also, while I could accept the bizarre escapes in "Anomaly" given the setting and premise, Thalli's hijinks in the world outside are at times harder to swallow. They're never completely unearned but the erratic pacing harms the delivery, and the novel's resolution is abruptly subsumed by the necessity of a series cliffhanger that feels completely unearned.

    Parts of "Luminary" shine, quite enjoyably so, and delve into a good discussion about how to effectively provide true leadership. Other parts were muddled, dimmed by a desire to throw too much too fast into the reader's path. I'm still interested in reading the third book; I'm just not as excited as at "Anamoly's" end.
  2. Nicki
    Missouri, Mo
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Luminary (The Second Book in the Anomaly trilogy)
    February 12, 2014
    Missouri, Mo
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #2: Luminary.
    Luminary, the second book in the Anomaly trilogy, by Krista McGee was awesome!

    After escaping an underground annihilation chamber in the State, Thalli, Berk, Rhen, and John find themselves fleeing across the former United States, aboveground for the first time. As the defectors cross the forgotten landscape, the three youths see things they had only read about on screens: horses, rain, real books—and a colony of unsanctioned survivors living the ancient way in a town called New Hope.

    But a city close by to their village, called Athens, is threating their lives by raiding New Hope to steal the people's crops without regard to their injuries and suffering. And is ruled by an extremely violent murderous king who will stop at nothing to claim the land of New Hope by war.

    So to save the village she has come to know and love she volunteers for a mission to be a spy for New Hope's violent neighbor, Athens, to make peace. But her confusion mounts as the supposedly ruthless Prince Alex turns out to be kind and charming.

    The time for her to decide what to believe is now . . . because the State is closing in.

    In my opinion it was way better then the first book, Anomaly. It started out really slow, and her mood in the very beginning was a little annoying because she was extremely pessimistic. And I felt she was being a bit exaggerated about the whole thing. After all everyone is there to help each other and she was still alive because her friends saved her. I think it would have been more fitting if she was at least a little more grateful.

    But in the middle it really picked up speed so much I could hardly put it down! And when I had to stop reading I could not stop thinking about it! It had a lot of drama and you will have a hard time guessing which way the story will go. There are also a few new characters you will not soon forget, and will love each and every one! And I love how the author expresses the characters facial expressions making it feel as if you are really there seeing them for yourself.

    Though I still feel the author portrayed Thalli's prospective of faith overly elaborated. But I do love how John is strong in what he believes and helping Thalli throughout the books- it was just overly done by the author.

    I can't wait to read the conclusion of the trilogy, Revolutionary, which is due July 2014!

    I have received this book from Booksneeze, now Booklook, free for reviewing it and giving my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
  3. alidanelle
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Really pulls you in to the story
    January 28, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #2: Luminary.

    By Krista McGee

    The second book in the Anomaly series, Luminary, continues with the escape of Thalli, Ber, John, and Rhen from the State. They find their way to New Hope and begin to adjust to life above ground and away from the State. Then, the nearby city of Athens attacks New Hope to take food back to their city that focuses on scientific advancements. Thalli goes to Athens to learn what she can about their vicious king and see if she can negotiate peace, only to end up drugged and promised in marriage to the prince! Throughout the book, Thalli remembers what she has learned from John about the Designer and learns to put her trust in a higher power.

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys science fiction. It is just believable enough to think that it could happen in our society and constantly keeps you guessing as to what will happen. The twist at the end will make you ready for the third book!
  4. Kate
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A fantastic continuation in this dystopian world
    January 19, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #2: Luminary.
    The world that Krista Mcgee has created is interesting and detailed and keeps expanding with each book. In Anomaly, we only see a small amount of this world with the State. Now, we get to see what is left of a world ravaged by a massive war. Though desolate, the people are strong. In these two communities, there is so much that is different. In New Hope, they live as a community with their elders. In Athens, they are ruled by a king and his line and fear is the driving factor of submission.

    We have several questions answered in Luminary which was great! Instead of waiting till the end to have all reveled, these revelations helped move the story along. It also offered a an opportunity for Thalli to learn from and question what she already knows. As the story progresses, her emotions and her knowledge grow, and you are able to watch her morph into a stronger person, both mentally and spiritually. Thalli has many questions and she does her best to find answers.

    With Thalli, we have the return of Berk, Rhen, and John. Each offers much to the story. John is a sweet older man who just wants to share his faith. He has hope and is thankful to be free from his prison. Rhen, even though is still the quieter one of the group offers more in Luminary. She is slowly coming out of her submissive state and is offering her knowledge and help on her own and taking a little more of a lead. Berk is still strong and determined to lead and protect this little group, however when he is faced with physical injury, his intelligence can't seem to help him with Thalli determination to help.

    I can't wait to see how this trilogy will end. The ending of Luminary left me with even more questions and I can't wait to find out the answers!

    Thank you to Booksneeze, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Rosie
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 14, 2014
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #2: Luminary.
    A thrilling sequel!

    Back in the summer, Anomaly, the first in this series, was released. McGee left us wondering what would happen next as we waited for Luminary, and I was not disappointed in the least! She took the story in a direction that I generally anticipated, but she executed it much better than my expectations. I'm really looking forward to seeing how she wraps everything up with Revolutionary (July 2014).

    I, like many of my friends, fell in love with Thalli not very far into the first book. Her character really evolved and she grew, not just physically but emotionally and mentally under the mentoring/teaching of John. Due to all this change in the first book, I was really intrigued to see what McGee was going to do with Thalli next. The end result? Thalli remains flawed, but watching her continue to grow into the young woman the Designer wants her to be reads very realistic. She's doing the best she can to trust in the Designer's plan for her, just like we are. I found her character more relatable in Luminary than I did in the first book.

    Once again, McGee leaves us waiting. Sadly, the wait is a little longer this time, but I'm confident it will be worth it. :-) Luminary is filled with suspense, faith, and more of our favorite characters.

    For those looking for a clean, Christian, dystopian novel, I really recommend they give the Anomaly Trilogy a try. This book is aimed at YA (young adult) readers.

    I received this book from the Booksneeze program in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
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