by Krista McGee
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (July 15, 2014)
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult, Christian
Format: eARC (336 pages)
Source: Free book from blog tour for honest review
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Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 Stars)
All her life Thalli thought she was an anomaly. Now she must use her gifts to fulfill the role she was called to play: Revolutionary.
Back in the underground State against her will, Thalli is no longer the anomaly she was before. She has proven herself to be a powerful leader aboveground and returns with information that Dr. Loudin needs to complete his plan of uniting the world under one leader: himself. But he, too, has information. A secret he has kept from Thalli her entire life. A secret that, once revealed, changes everything about the person Thalli thought she was.
Hoping to help Thalli rise up against the Scientists, both Berk and Alex join her underground, but their presence only brings more trouble for her. Now Dr. Loudin knows just the leverage to use on his captive, and she is forced to choose between the two of them. Is her first love her true love? Or does Alex ultimately claim her heart?
Unsure of everything around her, including her own identity, Thalli doesn’t know where to turn. She knows she needs the Designer, but he seems further away than ever. What she does know, though, is that if she doesn’t do something to stop Loudin, the fragile world aboveground will be lost once and for all.
At A Glance
I feel good about this last book of the series but the road there was rough.
The Good/The Bad
This book requires me to mix my The Good and The Bad sections:
The Anomaly Series and I have an odd relationship. I NEVER read Christian fiction, but Anomaly, the first book of the series, was not labeled as such when I first read it. So I went in blind, and despite the religious themes, I enjoyed the book a lot. But the next book, Luminary, got more religious and started to grate of my nerves. Unfortunately, Revolutionary is no different. This whole series is very ‘yay God and religion, boo science.’ It was hard to take sometimes. People who believe in God are the good guys, and the scientist are the bad guys. End of story. It felt wrong to me. And sometimes I got mad by what this book was teaching. But despite all that, I still had some good times with the story. This series keeps reeling me back in, no matter how much I try to resist. I just have to know what is going to happen next.
Revolutionary had other problems, like a repetitive plot and story arcs. The same thing kept happening over and over again and not much was done about it until the very end. One hundred pages could have been cut and this would pretty much be the same book. But, again, this damn book kept me reading. Everything was going downhill and coming to a head real fast. It was a constant stomach cramp of stress and anticipation. And I loved it.
I still love the characters and I still love the twists and turns. I just never knew how far McGee would go, and she went pretty far. Pretty much tore my heart out a few times. I feel satisfied with the ending though, even if it was rushed.
There is a big love triangle but it’s easy to see from the beginning who Thalli really loves. Nothing more than kissing in this book, so most audiences can read it.
Even though I am satisfied with this series, I don’t know if I would recommend it. Unless Christian fiction is your thing, then you might not like these books. Hell, I don’t even know why I liked them, but I did.
Krista writes for teens, teaches teens, and more often than not, acts like a teen. She and her family have lived and ministered in Texas, Costa Rica, and Spain. Her current hometown is Tampa, FL. Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook