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Fabulous Novel! July 25, 2013
I jumped on board for this blog tour because I'm a huge fan of Krista McGee's previous books. But then I got nervous about reading the book. It's a huge departure from her other novels—genre-wise at least—and my exposure to dystopian YA is limited to The Hunger Games trilogy (which I loved, but stil!) Silly, I know. Well, thank goodness, I got over myself because Anomaly was fantastic!
The book starts off with Thalli counting down the last few minutes of her life. What a hook! At that point, I knew I wasn't going to be able to put the book down. Krista is an incredibly talented author. She managed to create an entire world in the future, develop characters that I adored, and tell a story with so many twists and turns I was never sure what was going to happen next. And the best part was that it all seemed so believable. Futuristic novels are usually hard for me to buy into because they seem so ridiculous, but I totally believed the reasons why this whole world was living like they were. I also loved how she creatively wove in threads of God's character throughout the book—even though only one character even acknowledges God at the beginning.
I think it's only fair to warn you that this book ends with a bit of a cliff-hanger. I HAVE to know what happens next, and I can't believe I have to wait several months for the next book! I guess, I'll be learning a little lesson about patience in the meantime. :) Anomaly is a fabulous book and I highly recommend it! [5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Review by Brooke @ i blog 4 books
A great novel, lots of twists and turns! July 8, 2013
This novel was so interesting to read! I literally could not put it down—I started reading it right after church on Sunday, took a couple breaks to eat and go out for a couple of hours with friends, and resumed reading until past midnight because I could not go to bed not knowing how the book ends. Anomaly is about a young lady, Thalli who is “created” in a post-apocalyptic world. The world was destructed by nuclear war, and a band of scientists came together to recreate the world—the only problem is that they believe that a perfect world can only come about if people lack emotion and belief. So they use genetic manipulation and behavioral modification to construct that atmosphere. Thalli is different than the others, and that starts a whole series of events.
I can’t tell you anymore because you have to go read the book! It was a wonderful read, and I would definitely recommend it. Anomaly is the first book of a series by Krista McGee. I can not wait for the next book to come out!
There were plenty of twists, and the story line was a good sort of confusing—it kept me glued to the book!
I received “Anomaly” by Krista McGee free of charge from booksneeze.com.Booksneeze.com is a great website that offers both free hard copies of books and free e-books to people who love to read and are willing to read books and submit honest reviews. A positive review was not required from me, and the following is my personal and honest opinion on this book.
Review by Marina
Excellant Science Fiction July 8, 2013
Imagine a perfect world. A world with no sickness. A world in which everyone has a purpose and is useful. A world devoid of emotion, of color, of love. A world controlled by 10 scientists who watch your every move and remove and annihilate anyone with an anomaly. Enter the world of Thalli.
Decades before her birth the world suffered a global nuclear war which killed nearly the entire population. The Ten scientists made a safe haven underground and created a new life and created genetically altered humans devoid of all emotion and sickness, in an effort to avoid future wars and conflicts. But Thalli, designed to be her pod's musician, was born with unusual curiosity and emotion. She is able to hide those anomalies for years until the day she is handed an ancient piece of music to play. As she plays the piece she is flooded with emotion and cries while she plays. She is immediately scheduled for annihilation until Berk, her childhood friend and scientist convinces the others that she is too valuable to annihilate.
As time ticks away she learns of the Designer much more powerful than the Ten Scientists and that her anomalies may in fact be part of His plan. Is she designed for a much larger plan or is she simply a mistake that needs to be eliminated? Thalli must sort out what to believes before her time runs out.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I like science fiction and this book keep me wanting to read more. I am thankful to the publisher for allowing me to have a copy to review. I am already anticipating its sequel, Luminary, coming July 2014!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Review by Debbie
Anomaly, by Krista McGee is a chilling tell of manipulation and deception. July 5, 2013
In the wake of a nuclear war, a small group of scientists, know as The Ten, has built a community deep underground to protect its citizens from the toxic air and water above. With the hope that war would never break out again, these scientists genetically engineered humans who are free of all emotions.
Seventeen year old Thalli (named for an element on the periodic table) is an anomaly. She was born with feelings and curiosity. These emotions are not permitted in The State; the scientists would not allow her to live if they knew. Until now, she has been able to hide her abnormality; however, in response to playing an ancient piece of music, Thalli is unable to hold back her tears of longing and frustration.
Considered a threat to herself and others, the scientists, led by Dr. Loudin, prepare to "humanely" annihilate Thalli. While waiting for her certain death, she learns from an old man, how someone called the Designer has a purpose for her life, if she will just listen for him to speak to her. Though confused and frightened, Thalli has to learn to trust her instincts or become the next victim of The State.
Anomaly is filled with suspense and twists, sometimes to the point of confusing the reader. I enjoyed the book; however, at times it felt like the plot kept repeating, and then at other times there seemed to be gaps in its development. These things did not stop me from reading because I was interested in learning the outcome. I loved the characters; their interactions with one another felt very real and believable. I think most readers would find this book appealing despite its flaws.
RATE: 4 out of 5 stars
Disclosure: I received this book for free from BookSneez.com in exchange for my honest review.
Review by Diana
A great dystopian read! June 30, 2013
Talk about starting a series off with a bang! Krista McGee nailed it with Anomaly. I have read many different kinds of dystopian books and Anomaly is now at the top.
Thalli is a seventeen year old girl, who lives in a place called The State. The world as we know it is gone. People are no longer created in the "primitive" way. Instead people, like Thalli, are genetically created. There are no mothers, no fathers, no families. Just groups of people created for each generation. Thalli, is apart of the third generation. People are bred to bring a specific specialty to each generation. Thalli's is music, since it has been shown that music helps productivity. With the genetic enhancements, sickness is almost eradicated, along with emotions...or so The Ten thought. Every so often, an Anomaly occurs.
When Thalli is discovered as an anomaly, she is brought to the Ten. They want to test her out and find out why she is different, and during her time, she meets an old man, John. He introduces her to thoughts and ideas that she had no idea were there. She learns from John about the Designer and the things that the Ten wanted to eradicate from their new way of life.
Anomaly had several twist in the story and the ending I didn't see coming at all. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Thank you to Booksneeze, I received this book for free for an honest opinion.
Review by Katie
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…
|Publication Date||July 9, 2013|