Anomaly Trilogy by Krista McGee. The series is a bit like Hunger Games or Divergent, but with Christian themes and not a lot of violence. Refreshing.
In the third book, Revolutionary, our heroine Thalli is back at the State and being used as leverage by the head of the State, Dr. Loudin. Also caught with her are Alex and Berk, the two young men she has feelings for. Will they be able to stop the State from overthrowing the surviving towns? How many more lives will Thalli see lost? Will Thalli loose her still new faith in the Designer?
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 States expansion be stopped? Or will humanityabove and below the surfacebe irreparably damaged? Thalli is faced with a purpose both overwhelming and undeniable: to assume the role of a Revolutionary.
The third and last book in the trilogy was exciting with unexpected twists and turns on every chapter. I also really love how the author expresses the characters expressions. It really made me feel like I was right there seeing them for myself and able to picture what they look like so much better. The main character, Thallium, though still drives me crazy at times about how she thinks of her situations and how she can hardly control her emotions. First she hated Dr. Loudin so bad she wanted to kill him. Then she wanted to try and love him and back and forth again. But what really made me think reading the whole series was a waste of my time and a waste of my emotions experiencing everything the characters did was the end of this book. To put it simply, it was terrible!! I don't want to ruin the end for you, but you will save a lot of your time not bothering to read this book especially if you were thinking Thalli should have liked Alex more then she did.
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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.
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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.
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