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.Luminary (Anomaly #2) by Krista McGee
Series: Anomaly #2
Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers on 1-7-2014
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult
She was an anomaly with a death sentence. Now she's free.
Thalli was scheduled for annihilation. She was considered an anomaly--able to experience emotions that should have been eradicated by genetic modification. The Scientists running the State couldn't allow her to bring undue chaos to their peaceful, ordered world. But seconds before her death, she is rescued.
Now Thalli is above ground in a world she thought was destroyed. A world where not even the air is safe to breathe. She and her three friends must journey across this unknown land, their destination a hidden civilization. It's their only chance of survival.
Broken and exhausted after an arduous journey, they arrive in New Hope, a town that survived the nuclear holocaust. When Thalli meets the people there--people actually "born" to "families"--her small world is blown wide open.
Soon after their arrival to New Hope, the town comes under attack. She has escaped imminent death, but now Thalli is thrust into a new fight--a fight to save her new home. Does she know enough about this world of emotions, this world of chaos, to save not only herself, but the people she has come to love?
In this second novel, Thalli, Berk, Rhen, and John escape the State on a transport and head to the closest settlement, New Hope. Upon arrival, they learn of a neighboring settlement called Athens that bullies, steals, and attacks New Hope. Thalli decides to try to make peace between these settlements. Meanwhile, the State is suffering from an oxygen shortage and the scientists hope that Thalli will locate some scientists who defected long ago.
All four of them are needed to operate the transport, but later, it is shown only one person needs to pilot it.
Thalli experiences jealously which would be something that could be explored, but she mearly talks to Berk and then decides to shun him for almost the entire novel, even though he is the one who saved her life.
Rhen is a pretty useless character in this novel, other than to serve as food for Thalli’s jealously. John is also a useless character other than to constantly speak scripture.
After hearing about how absolutely evil and crazy the king of Athens is, Thalli decides she is going to just walk into Athens, learn all that she can, and then peacefully leave. Perhaps her sheltered life makes this plausible, but it was just a stupid and dumb move. It would have been more fulfilling had the author found a more plausible way to bring Thalli into contact with the royal family of Athens.
The entire oxygen scenario is a bit dumb since the State has plenty of water and could use electrolysis to get oxygen out of water.
Much of the dialogue and internal thoughts were just too long… the story could have been tightened up and much improved.
The ending was meant to take the next novel back to the State, but I just felt it was a bit forced, rushed, and unsatisfying.
The prince of Athens and his sister are well developed and interesting. The King is pretty entertaining for a villain (even if a little flat).
Thalli has a bit of a love triangle going on, which is a bit entertaining.
The world building for Athens was pretty nice. New Hope wasn’t as well developed.
It’s not a terrible book, but its not great either. It was interesting to see where the story continued, but I doubt I would read it again and probably wouldn’t care too much if I read book 3 or not.