Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Anomaly {Review}

Anomaly by Krista McGee

ISBN-13: 978-1401688721

320 pages, paperback

About Anomaly

Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Decades before Thalli's birth, the world ended in a nuclear war. But life went on deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. Since then, they have genetically engineered humans to be free from emotions in the hopes that war won't threaten their lives again.

But Thalli was born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far thanks to her ability to hide those differences. But Thalli's secret is discovered when she is overwhelmed by the emotion in an ancient piece of music.

She is quickly scheduled for annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk, convinces The Ten to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the scientists' Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance in the pods.

As her life ticks away, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer---someone even more powerful than The Ten. What's more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she's been looking for all along.

Thalli must sort out what to believe and who she can trust, before her time runs out . . .


My Thoughts

Anomaly. What an excellent title for a great story. When I first started reading I was not sure I was really going to enjoy the book. It took me a couple of chapters to really get into the story. I am truly glad I stuck with it. Anomaly is a YA dystopian Christian fiction novel. About a young girl named Thalli who lives in the future in a post-nuclear war time period. She along with others live in this man made, artificial world inside of a mountain.  This place is known as ‘the state’. People live in pods, with no families, no elderly people.Life is created in laboratories and not the old-fashioned way. Everything in ‘the state’ is run by The Ten .  All of Thalli’s pod mates are her own age. Everyone that lives serves a purpose. It is a very controlled, sterile world.

Thalli is an anomaly, someone not normal simply because she questions, shows emotion and is very curious. Thalli is also very brave. She dares to seek out the truth. But what is the truth? She meets an elderly man named John {elderly people are just not part of this society} who lived before the nuclear war and remembers a much different life. John also tells Thalli about The Designer. Someone greater then The Ten. Someone that created the world.  

As Thalli seeks to find answers she becomes more confused as to what is reality and what is not.

Anomaly is filled with mystery! Just when I thought I had the story figured out there was a twist I was not expecting. I was unsure at some parts as to what the reality was and what was real in the story. There were also times I was not sure who were the good guys and who were the bad guys! I was on the edge of my seat until the very end.  What was Thalli’s reality? I did enjoy her bravery and even though she was fearful she pushed the fear down to seek the truth. Anomaly was an excellent read! I am looking forward to book two Luminary in July of 2014!

More reviews of Anomaly can be found at the Litfuse website.


Meet Krista

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 "Anomaly", "First Date", "Starring Me", and "Right Where I Belong".

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Krista McGee is celebrating the release of Anomaly, the first book in her new YA dystopian series, with an iPad Mini Giveaway!

One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
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Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 31st. Winner will be announced at Krista's website on August 2nd.

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disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

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