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4 Stars Out Of 5
August 30, 2014
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.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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.
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.
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.
Revolutionary by Krista McGee is phenomenal. I have had the privilege of devouring all the books in this series and I can honestly say each was better than the last which does not happen. I was thoroughly enthralled in this dystopian world that has transpired amongst the pages of this novel. I believe Thalli is probably the best and all and her friends are just as amazing they complete each other. I think the relationships make the story so much more interesting and they create the support that they each need to live/survive in this environment that is now there way of existing. I am not the type that will generally read YA novels but something about the plot of Thalli's bravery and fighting the new system caught my attention and I am happy that I read this entire series it is an amzing journey to read. I also think that the ending was so beautifully poignant that it felt right not forced or rushed like some series tend to finish. It was an action-packed and a tear-jerker of story worth multiple re-reads. I was given a review copy from Booklookbloogers and all opinions are my own.