by Krista McGee
Publisher: Thomas Nelsin (July 9, 2013)
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Young Adult, Christian Fiction
Format: eBook (312 pages)
Source: Free book from blog tour host for honest review
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Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)
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.
Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things. She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong—and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community’s assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.
Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.
The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?
At A Glance
I’m still not sure how I feel about Anomaly. I didn’t know about the Christian elements in this book until after I jumped in. I do not like religious books but I found myself transfixed to the very end.
Though I did not like the religious and spiritual elements, I have to say that Anomaly really blew me away in many ways.
Anomaly kept me scared out of my wits the whole way through. The world Thalli lives in is just straight up frightening. If you show any sign of emotion, you are eliminated right away. The Scientists can’t have people mucking up their plans, whatever they may be. They don’t need people asking questions. But all Thalli has is questions. Especially when this spiritual man comes and tells her about The Designer. God and religion has been eliminated from society. But as Thalli learns more about this spiritual entity, the more she feels like she has a purpose. And her growing feelings for Berk only further justify her emotions as a good thing, no matter what The Scientists say.
I really did enjoy watching Thalli grow as a person. She has always felt different. She isn’t like people around her. She wants more out of life. She wants to be able to enjoy things, ask questions, even…love? My heart went out to her the whole book. The Scientists really mess with her and it was sickening to watch. Even her her old friend Berk, who is training to become a Scientist, could only help her so much. But Thalli took risks for her friends not matter the consequences. She was far braver than I would be in that situation.
We didn’t get to know Berk as much as I hoped, but his feelings for Thalli were obvious. He does everything in his power to save Thalli from experiments and even death. Berk is the kind of guy you know you can trust.
The twists and turns were often shocking and chill-inducing. I still get the creeps just thinking back to this story. The utter disregard for human life was mind-boggling. This is an intense story that will leave you breathless.
Truthfully, if I had known that this book had a lot of Christian elements, I would have never read it. I don’t like being preached at. And yes, this book does get a little preachy for me, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Would I read this book again, no. Would I read the next in the series, maybe. My reasoning is not because it was a bad book, it’s just for the simple fact that I don’t like books with heavy religious elements. Also, Anomaly really sells the idea that God is good and science is bad. I get that it’s a piece of fiction but it kind of got on my nerves.
This is a very slow book. I wasn’t necessarily bored, I just found myself wanting to skip ahead. I think things were too dragged out.
The ending was just silly. Wasn’t believable to me. Yes, the twist was interesting, but I just don’t think it was plausible.
Thalli’s acceptance of death because she believed in heaven and God annoyed me to no end. Fight for your life, dammit!
This is very much a young adult book. Very minimal touching. I actually can’t even remember if Berk and Thalli kissed. They might have near the end. But they do have a deep connection that builds throughout the book that I found so innocent and adorable. These people don’t know about love or sex, so the lack of affection made sense.
Do not read this book if you don’t like religious books. But if all you care about is a thrilling concept and intense story, then Anomaly may be for you. It all depends on your tastes or reading preferences. I can’t say I would recommend this book to many people, but I can say that despite the God heavy concept, I had fun reading Anomaly.
Berk closes his eyes. Then he places his hand on my elbow and walks me away from where the light can find us. This feels very different from when Monitor touched my elbow. This feels wonderful, like his fingers contain heat that drips into my bloodstream, making my arm tingle, my heart race. When he removes his hand, my arm feels like ice.
“What are you doing to me?” The water is giving me some strength. I pull against my restraints. If I can get up, I can fight this man. I can escape.
John removes his hand from my shoulder. “I am not your captor.”
He speaks with a strange accent. Almost musical.
I look at him again. “Then who are you?”
“I am like you.”
John laughs. The sound of it hits the walls and echoes back in my ears. I have only heard laughter a few times in my life. I like the sound. “No, my dear. We are not malformed.”
Krista McGee’s passion to see teens excited about serving God is a driving force behind her novels. Ever since college when she spent a summer working at a youth camp, McGee knew she wanted to invest in teenagers. Since then she’s been involved in a variety of youth ministries and currently teaches at a Christian school in Tampa, FL.
McGee broke into the writing world during her time in Spain. A friend encouraged her to submit an article to a Christian girls’ magazine, and it got published. Once her family moved back to Tampa, she got the idea for her first novel, First Date, a modern take of the story of Esther. Her subsequent books, Starring Me and Right Where I Belong, are based on Rebekah and Ruth.
When Krista McGee isn’t living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher and coffee snob.
Learn more about Krista McGee and her books at kristamcgeebooks.com. Readers can also become a fan on Facebook (krista.a.mcgee) or follow her on Twitter (@KristaMcGeeYA).