Revolutionary  -     By: Krista McGee
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Revolutionary

Thomas Nelson / 2014 / Paperback

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After months in New Hope and Athens, Thalli had almost forgotten what living in the State was like. Programmed to be without emotions or curiosity, she was always an anomaly there. Too emotional. Too curious. Citizens of the State should behave exactly the way the Scientists designed them to behave: working in their assigned fields, maintaining productivity.

Thalli's entire genetically engineered generation has been eradicated by a scientocracy that believes human life is expendable. Now, a pawn in a mad game of manipulation, held hostage and tortured in the name of the State, Thalli can barely summon the strength to hope that the future of humanity could be any better. She clings to her new faith in the Designer. But when Thalli discovers that even the surviving aboveground villages are in danger of State domination, her fragile faith begins to crumble.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.11 X 6.11 (inches)
ISBN: 1401688764
ISBN-13: 9781401688769
Availability: In Stock
Series: Anomaly

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Back in the hands of the State, Thalli is caught in a horrible game of power—with consequences reaching further than she ever imagined.

After several months aboveground, Thalli had almost forgotten what living in the State was like. Programmed to be without emotions or curiosity, she was always an anomaly there. Too emotional. Too curious. Citizens of the State should behave exactly the way the Scientists designed them to behave: work in their assigned fields, maintain productivity.

Thalli’s entire genetically engineered generation has been eradicated by a scientocracy that believes human life is expendable. Now a pawn in a mad game of manipulation, held hostage, and tortured in the name of the State, Thalli can barely summon the strength to hope that the future of humanity could be any better.

She clings to her new faith in the Designer. But when she discovers that even the few villages aboveground are in danger of State domination, that fragile faith begins to crumble.

As Thalli, Berk, and Alex make plans to overthrow the evil Dr. Loudin, a chilling secret explains why they have been left alive at all . . . a personal secret that will haunt Thalli forever. And as she struggles with this new truth, she also struggles with decisions of the heart.

Can the State’s expansion be stopped? Or will humanity—above and below the surface—be irreparably damaged? Thalli is faced with a purpose both overwhelming and undeniable: to assume the role of a Revolutionary.

“McGee's versatility as an author really shines with this latest offering . . .” —USAToday.com (on Anomaly)

Anomaly grabs the reader and refuses to let go . . . One is never completely sure what is fact and what is a horrifying virtual reality. This is sure to be a favorite of teens everywhere.” —Heather Burch, author of the critically acclaimed Halflings Series

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. Twitter: @KristaMcGeeYA Facebook: krista.a.mcgee

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  1. Rosie
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A fast-paced conclusion to a brilliant series!
    September 15, 2014
    Rosie
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A fast-paced conclusion to a brilliant series!

    I have been eagerly awaiting Revolutionary since Luminary released last winter. Ms. McGee left us with so many questions and hardly a sufficient amount of answers! What was going to happen to Thalli and friends? What could happen next? How on earth was it all going to be resolved in one book? Thankfully, Ms. McGee gives us the answers we want and more in Revolutionary.

    Thalli has grown and changed all throughout this series. When I think back to Anomaly, she's a completely different character! She's stronger and more obstinate than ever in this installment. Her journey has been rough but it's only polished her and made her better. I enjoyed watching her development come full circle.

    Oh, the plot twists! Brace yourselves, people, if you're like me you won't even know which way is up! This conclusion is very well written and keeps your hand fingering the next page, ready to turn at will. I didn't think the series could improve on itself, but Ms. McGee surprised me. That said, this isn't my favorite in the series. I think Anomaly holds that place securely, but it was close. :-) Fans of this series should not miss out!! Possible spoiler: The ending felt super rushed to me and I didn't quite like it. End possible spoiler.

    I recommend to fans of Christian dystopian and sci-fi ages thirteen and up.

    I received this book for free from BookLook in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!
  2. StoryGirl
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Revolutionary
    August 30, 2014
    StoryGirl
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I've been quite anxious to wrap up the Anomaly series - the books being a surprise hit for me- and while it took me a little while to get into Revolutionary, I did like it. Once it got going, I couldn't put the story down.

    I do admit that at the beginning the first person/present tense writing did bother me. Again. this isn't my favorite style in general, but I was okay with it in the previous books in this series. It just felt a little clunky here, although it definitely improved as the story went on. Also, the whole love triangle/pretending to like each other to survive was a bit Hunger Games for me ;)

    I will admit that this book made me really, really mad- one of the characters was such a villain I could have killed him a hundred times over. And *SPOILER* several people died* END OF SPOILER* so it was pretty sad. Still, there was heroism and a group of characters trying to work together to defeat evil- a favorite plot of mine even if it wasn't to the level I normally like.

    Still, overall, this was a great ending to the series and sent my emotions on quite the roller coaster ride.

    Rating: 8

    I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Alicia
    New York, NY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Christian YA Alternative
    August 29, 2014
    Alicia
    New York, NY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Thalli, Berk, Rhen, Dallas, and Alex are back in the State as hostages. The groups young faith is severally tested as they face with evil. Dr. Loudin plans to control or eradicate all remaining pockets of survivors aboveground and resorts to all manners, torture, murder, and manipulation to achieve his goals.

    Thalli was one of the best main characters, she was emotionally complex, brave, and smart. I enjoyed seeing her evolve with each story in the series. The doubts, fears, and hurts were there but with God's help she was able to press on. The most noble example of Thalli's character was when in the middle of a love triangle she was able to remain focused on the mission at hand. The slow progression of her emotional and spiritual life unfolded in a most beautiful way.

    The continual chases, escapes, fights, and mind games made for a definite page turner.

    The only drawback to this wonderful series is the abrupt ending. The whole premise of this series was based on how emotions are needed in life and how we can use them for God. I expected a more emotional (anger, pain, or heartbreaking) finale to truly seal the deal, but it was quite blunt.

    Each book in the Anomaly series seemed to have a main spiritual topic for the reader to chew on throughout the book which I enjoyed. This series was a great combination of excitment, adventure, romance, and spirituality. This series is a great alternative for the secular YA fiction out in the market.

    I received a complimentary copy from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for this independent and unbiased review.
  4. Teddy G
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Consistent Conclusion to a Good Series
    August 25, 2014
    Teddy G
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Revolutionary is the third and final installment in the Anomaly trilogy. Thalli, Berk, Rhen, Dallas, and Alex are back in the State, under the control of Dr. Loudin. They are trying to find a way to work together to thwart his plans to remain in control of not just the State, but to reach out and control or annihilate the remaining pockets of survivors on the surface. Can Thalli trust the Designer to work all things for good? How does she explain the things she learns of and the horrors she witnesses? Can she and her friends stop Dr. Loudin?

    I have enjoyed this series, beginning with Anomaly, and found this to be a fairly satisfying conclusion. Dr. Loudin is written as so truly evil that I hated him passionately as I read, and I ached for Thalli and her friends as they experienced his torture and twisted plans. He was truly a futuristic-based Hitler. As true to character as his plotline fell, it was hard to read; the torture and deaths were agonizing and grievous. My biggest issue was that I felt that the ending was abrupt, and it left me feeling unresolved.

    Overall, I feel like this trilogy is a viable alternative to the current YA dystopia trend. There may be more complex storylines and settings, but this trilogy's search for meaning and the Designer gives this series depth and purpose that a secular book would leave untapped. Thalli's experiences, within her constructed setting, of searching for faith and experiencing God - as well as her doubts - rang true, and not over-the-top. I could definitely see this trilogy as a set of movies or a mini-series; the cast of developed characters was small, but well-rounded, and the setting was intriguing and easily visualized.

    I give this book 3.5 stars. Having read everything the author has written thus far, I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

    I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson, as part of their booklook bloggers program, in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Kate
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A fitting conclusion!!
    August 19, 2014
    Kate
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We are coming to a close in the Anomaly series. I'm sad to see this end. It has been a fun and adventurous ride as we followed with Thalli through this dystopian, sci/fi world.

    Revolutionary picks up right where Luminary ends. Thalli, Alex, and Kristi are all on their way back to the State. All of their friends are left behind and we find out what Dr. Loudin wants from them. To this point, we've only seen glimpses of Dr. Loudin here and there, we finally get to see who he really is and what his past was really like and how it all comes into play. And I just have to say, Dr. Loudin can easily rival Hitler in the crazy idea department. Wow!

    Thalli is a girl on a mission in this story. Through these three books we have been able to watch her grow and learn and really find out who she is. In this book, she is determined. She has found out about the Designer and is ready to live how she is supposed to, but she faces opposition and she deals with what a lot of people have when new in the faith, doubt. But she pushes through. Life isn't easy for her but she keeps going.

    I also have to say, Thalli was levelheaded. She knew what needed to happen and she didn't let the idea of a boy make her stray. Yes, it was there, but she knew what she need to do was more important. Out of the triangle, Thalli is the only one who didn't let her emotions decide her actions. Alex plowed head first with his emotions. It was like, Whoa, boy, she is trying to help save the people you care about, give her some room to breathe. Berk was a little better, but he let his emotions come into play as well. I enjoyed how Thalli put her priorities in order.

    There was a lot of things answered and revealed in this story. It was a page turner. Escapes, chases, fights, the battle of minds, and revelations. However these two groups could fight, they did. It was cat and mouse game of survival.

    I was happy with the ending. I don't think it could have turned out any differently. And a small jump forward in the epilogue was nice to see. It was the perfect closure for each of the characters and good look into how things turned out after everything.

    Thank you to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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