Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Anomaly by Krista McGee Blog Tour and Book Review
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 . . .
Anomaly is dystopian at it's finest. Not only is it a peek out how life could be in the aftermath of a nuclear war if there were to be survivors, but it does a great job of interweaving faith throughout the story. Thalli and her peers have each been created in a lab to hold specific qualities that will help each of them thrive together. Thalli notices very early in her life that she gets feelings that others do not and that she is different. These feeling eventually get her in trouble, scheduled for annihilation, as everyone who steers off of the course of life set for them is. Berk is an old friend of hers who now happens to be a scientist and finds a way to postpone her annihilation. While she is studied, Thalli can't tell what is real life and what is engineered by these scientists and is not sure what to believe anymore- what she has been taught all of her life, or about the Designer she has just come to know about. The relationship between Thalli and Berk is interesting to follow because in this world people do not form romantic bonds. To see him looking out for her and to wonder what would become of them kept me turning the pages. As the end of the novel drew near, an interesting plot twist through me for a loop and definitely has me intrigued for the next book in the series. I really can't wait to find out what happens next! I would recommend Anomaly to anyone that enjoys books in the dystopian genre.
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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