Friday, July 12, 2013

Anomaly Book Review

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?

When you have a book blog, you feel like you've read everything, or close enough to everything. Books in the same genre become repetitive, predictable, no longer worth staying up late for. This is especially true for sci-fi/dystopian type books. The Hunger Games, followed by Divergent (Goodreads Choice Awards) have set a road for new authors: YA loves sci-fi. And like what was mentioned in a book I recently read (Cognitive Surplus), there are so, so many humans out there, that the chance of somebody thinking up something new becomes large - not because people have magically become more interesting, but because there are MORE people, so there will probably be more people doing new things. But I'm off track here - more on that in another blog post. What I'm getting to is that it's the same in books - every good idea seems to have been taking. So, this all seems to lead to me saying that, inevitably, this book has "potential", but it's nothing to especially look for, right? No! *insert evil genius laugh* This book was a pleasant surprise. Kind of like buying oatmeal cookies with black things, only to find out they're chocolate chips instead of the expected raisin. The book cover is awesome. No matter what anybody says, everybody judges books by their covers - first impression, no? Well, this book was just as pretty as it's cover. I don't want to spoil too much, but have you read Origin by Jessica Khoury? If you liked that, you'll love Anomaly. So, do give it a try. (And yes, I realize I didn't actually say much about the book besides recommending you read it, but isn't that what you're looking for? If you like the synopsis, see whether readers say yes or no, and go read teh book) (Oh, and for teh record, I say yes)

About the Author
Krista McGee’s passion to see teens excited about serving God is a driving force behind her novels. Ever since college when she spent a summer working at a youth camp, McGee knew she wanted to invest in teenagers. Since then she’s been involved in a variety of youth ministries and currently teaches at a Christian school in Tampa, FL.

McGee broke into the writing world during her time in Spain. A friend encouraged her to submit an article to a Christian girls’ magazine, and it got published. Once her family moved back to Tampa, she got the idea for her first novel, First Date, a modern take of the story of Esther. Her subsequent books, Starring Me and Right Where I Belong, are based on Rebekah and Ruth.

When Krista McGee isn’t living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher and coffee snob.

Learn more about Krista McGee and her books at Readers can also become a fan on Facebook (krista.a.mcgee) or follow her on Twitter (@KristaMcGeeYA).

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