I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Anomaly by Krista McGee
Series: Anomaly #1
Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers on 7-9-2013
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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?
Anomaly is a quick, enjoyable dystopia about a girl growing up in a post-acolyptic society underground where everyone is engineered to perform a specific task and feelings, asking questions, etc. are banned. However, Thalli is an anomaly. She must keep what she is to herself or she will be killed by the state. Along the way she falls in love with Berk, a scientist, and together they must work to keep her alive after her secret is discovered.
I found the pacing in this book to be excellent and a good page turner. I never got bogged down and enjoyed some of the mysteries in the book, especially when Thalli questions what reality is. The book is very heavy sci-fi, but it has many Christian elements in it as well, so I would classify it as Christian SciFi. There is also a little romance, but not too much. The characters are well developed, and the author does a great job showing Thalli’s growth and discovery as she comes to grip with what she is.
This was a really enjoyable read and I’m off to read the next novel in the series.