Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Anomaly - A Review


Years in the future, a Nuclear War has destroyed life on Earth. Yet there is a community of Scientists, known as the Ten, who have genetically engineered humans to be free of emotions in the hopes that another war can be prevented. Thalli is different than the others. She feels and reacts to emotions. So far she has managed to keep her feelings hidden from the Scientists. But when she reacts to an ancient piece of music she's asked to play, she suddenly finds herself facing annihilation. At the urging of a young Scientist and friend of Thalli's, she is granted a chance to live - if only to be studied. But as the experiments and simulations start to take place on her, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous and forbidden alliance. Thalli also discovers a Designer who may be even more powerful than the Scientists. Will Thalli's emotional outbursts put all of those she loves in danger including herself, or will there be an escape?

Having read Krista McGee's other books and enjoyed them, I was curious to see what this book would be about. It's VERY different than her other series. But I really enjoyed it. As I was reading it, I felt that it was an almost Hunger Games type of novel. And I saw the similarities between them immediately. The biggest difference, aside from the fact that this is a Christian fiction book, is that the characters are not in a competition for their lives. This had a society that has genetically altered humans to have no feelings. Any sicknesses (common colds, etc) are causes for immediate removal and Thalli is considered an anomaly because she doesn't accept the way that things are.

What I loved the best about this book was the relationships between Thalli and John and Thalli and Berk. I did not like that those who were different were removed from the society. I felt that that was too close to what Hitler tried to do during WWII. Don't get me wrong. Those removal scenes were in fact necessary for the reader to understand that the Scientists were manipulating the society and that there was something else out there for Thalli to believe in.

I did enjoy this book. I look forward to the next one in this series.

I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of the Hunger Games, Dystopian fiction, Krista McGee, Jenny B. Jones, young adult books

Rating - 4 stars

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4 comments:

  1. Glad you liked it, Dawn! My review for this goes up sometime next week so needless to say, I am quite excited to have the chance to read this novel. :)

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading your review Rissi!

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  2. great review! This sounds really interesting. I reminds me a bit of the description for Delirium by Lauren Oliver where love is considered a disease. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to read that one yet either. But this sounds good thanks for pointing me to it.

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    1. Thanks Jamie! I've not read Delirium yet either. It's also on my list. Typically the books that my fellow Potterheads recommend, I read and enjoy. You and GIG have both steered me toward some pretty good ones. I did think of you when I read this one as one you'd enjoy.

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