Intense, gripping; hard to put down book. 5 Star rating from me; with no hesitation. Its like a world filled with generations of Mr. Spock. Pure logic, no emotions or questions allowed, with each person having their specific area of expertise. Thalli's just so happens to be Music. There are several movies that come to mind with a similar theme, too bad I can't think of the names of them. But its not really that important; this writing was truly attention holding.
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First of all, I was super excited when I saw this book was available for review! Science Fiction is definitely my favorite type of book, even if it is young adult fiction! This book reminds me so much of the Hunger Games trilogy yet it is still so different at the same time.
"Anomaly" is set in the future after the surface of the earth was destroyed by nuclear war. There were 10 remaining scientists alive at that time, who made a new world under the surface of the Earth and called it "The State". But the Scientists thought that our old ways of life were primitive. They learned they could create "humans" on their own and genetically alter their DNA so that the Scientists alone determined their strengths and weaknesses. They completely eliminated love, anger, and many other feelings and emotions that they deemed unnecessary. That is, until Thalli was created. Now the Scientists are dealing with an anomaly. She shouldn't be able to feel love, and to feel emotions but she does. Thalli has been hiding these "anomalies" for so long, it's just a matter of time before she is found out. But what will happen when she is exposed? Her dear friend, Asta was taken away for just a slight anomaly and was annihilated for something so unimportant.
Suddenly, Thalli finds herself in the midst of dozens of tests performed by one of the great ten, Dr. Loudin. Dr. Loudin's soul purpose for performing the tests however, is only to test new theories and to learn enough to create humans without anomalies. Thalli is scheduled for annihilation at the conclusion of these tests. But then Thalli learns that she has a friend on her side. Berk, who has grown up alongside Thalli, is training to become one of the great ten and therefore has access to Dr. Loudin. He tries to convince the scientists that Thalli is worth saving...that she is valuable to them as a group. But will it be enough to save her?
During all of this, Thalli meets John, who is the father of one of the great ten scientists and who survived the nuclear war. John is a Christian and opens Thalli's mind to the idea that she was created for a purpose, even if she may not know what that is. Throughout the rest of the book, we see Thalli's faith grow more and more.
I found that the beginning of this book was a little hard for me to get into, but after 3 or 4 chapters, it began to get more exciting. After awhile, I found it hard to put it down, eager to find out what was going to happen next! I think it would be great for a book discussion because of all of the different elements throughout the book. I loved that there was a distinct Christian message played throughout the story despite the fact that none of the characters were created to know God.
I rate this book as 5 stars and can't wait to read the second book in this series! Luminary will be available July 2014.
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Years ago, nuclear war broke out, destroying life as we currently know it, and leaving Earth's air poisoned. But a group of scientists (known as The Ten) were prepared for a disaster such as this. They created an underground facility and designed its people for specific tasks; only void of emotions, curiosity, or other traits that could disrupt the order of The State. But then there's Thalli, designed to be a musician. Thalli is an anomaly. She feels things and has the capacity to question why she's different. She hides her deformity for 17 years, but then The Ten learns of her malformation and wants to annihilate her before she causes problems. Thalli, along with her childhood friend, Berk, secretly goes against the scientists' authority in an attempt to save her life. Meanwhile, a man named John tells Thalli she was created by The Designer for a purpose, and that if she believes, death is only the beginning. But when it's nearly impossible to tell the difference between lies and reality, will Thalli be able to know the truth before she's annihilated?
Anomaly is told from the perspective of Thalli, which means readers are inside Thalli's head and can only see what she sees. Thalli has been conditioned by The State to believe certain things, so it's often difficult for her (and us!) to know what is real and what is a simulation created by The Ten. This is what makes the story so gripping. While reading, I never knew what was coming next. I couldn't predict the ending, but that didn't stop me from trying to decipher what was really happening beneath the surface (literally).
One of the things that stuck out to me is how Thalli reacts to new things she encounters. Thalli doesn't have a family, she's never been outside, and she's introduced to love and her Creator for the first time at age 17. The way she eagerly encounters and experiences these things is a good reminder of how much we take for granted.
Another of the book's strengths is that it not only does what dystopian fiction does bestÃ¢â¬âshow a world operating under a corrupt, totalitarian power, while sending in characters who try to overthrow said powerÃ¢â¬âit also shows the reason behind this corruption. That reason, so beautifully depicted throughout the story, is this: a turn away from the Creator and a disregard for the sanctity of human life. With the help of John, a man who lost his family in the nuclear war, Thalli learns that people are unique creations designed for a purpose: to glorify our Designer with our lives. We're also created with emotions and the capacity to experience and show love.
I've been a fan of Krista McGee ever since I read First Date, her first novel. I love her books because they're solid: they don't back down from delivering the Gospel to a young adult audience that desperately needs to know their lives have meaning. She handles topics in a way that purely glorifies God, while still remaining relevant to her audience. Anomaly, while in a different genre than her other three stories, is no different. After months of anticipation, I finally read the latest of McGee's books, and I was not disappointed. It's the first in a trilogy, which means I'll have to practice patience as I wait for Book 2. I highly recommend adding Anomaly to your reading list!
When I finished this book, I had no words. I was speechless yet I was jumping up and down with excitement. I could not and did not put this book down.
I cannot say much without giving some secrets away. At first, this book reminded me of one of my favorite movies, The Island. But as I continued to read, it was nothing like the movie. Usually, you can guess the ending to a book. For instance, in a romance you would bet that they live happily ever after. This book confused me. I should not say it like that...the book did not confuse me, but the story did. It has so many twists and turns and insinuations and surprises that I was as confused as the main character, Thalli. With each new twist and each new turn and my own way of thinking, I was rendered shocked and speechless.
Thalli has known since she was a little girl that she is different than everyone else in her world; she feels things: loyalty, curiosity, longing, grief, friendship and most of all, intense passion in her music. Emotions have no place in this new world though, created by scientists after nuclear war destroyed the Earth, save for a few remnants living far beneath the surface under the mountains. After years of guarding and hiding her emotions, the scientists have found out that she is an anomaly, and she has been sentenced to annihilation.
While time ticks down, she forms a dangerous alliance with her childhood friend, Berk, now a scientist for the Society, and they work to find a way for her to live. During this time, she learns of the true Designer, and that He has a greater purpose for her life. Will she discover what that purpose is before time runs out? Will she figure out who to trust and who to believe before it's too late?
If you are looking for the next fast-paced, hook-you-immediately futuristic dystopian novel, then Anomaly by Krista McGee is it. I was hooked from the very first page, and this incredible book kept me guessing about what is true reality and what is horrific virtual reality. I could hardly put the book down once I started and was gripped to the very last sentence with the story and the plot.
If you are into science fiction, dystopian stories and/or fast-paced page-turning books that keep you guessing and wanting more, than this novel is for you. I highly recommend it and can't wait to read more from this author.
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