Monday, September 23, 2013

Book Review: Anomaly by Krista McGee

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"Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds 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 was decimated by a nuclear war. But life continued deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. There they created genetically engineered human beings who are free of emotions in the hope that war won’t threaten the world again.

Thalli is an anomaly, born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far by hiding her differences. But then her secret is discovered when she’s overwhelmed by the emotion of an ancient piece of music.

The Ten quickly schedule her annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk—a scientist being groomed by The Ten—convinces them 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.

As her life ticks a way, 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."

If you've been reading my book reviews for some time, you know that I've discovered a new favorite genre: Young Adult. It's so different from my usual reading material that, so far, it hasn't failed to add that diversity "necessary" in my reading life. Anomaly is definitely the perfect read to drag you out of your comfort zone!

Out of the four or five Dysotopian novels I've read, Anomaly is not the best, but it definitely stands out from the crowd with its unique underground community where emotions are forbidden and an advanced form of technology -- the ability to create completely believable virtual worlds -- is present.

This book was written in first person which I enjoyed since I was able to "enter" Thalli's brain and discover for myself how someone trained to suppress emotion thinks. Her simple and innocent way of thinking was believable due to the circumstances surrounding her existence. And her slowly blossoming feelings for Berk was all the more sweeter considering she had never heard of love.

Berk was a wonderful character who I would love to learn more about. Not being able to really delve into knowing him is the only drawback to this book being written in first person. He was very sacrificial, smart, and brave. In fact, he shouldered most of the danger by always coming to Thalli's rescue and repeatedly trying to convince the scientists of Thalli's usefulness and needed existence.

The ending was definitely unexpected and left me with a known truth: If I can get my hands on the next book in this series, I most assuredly will:-) I must add to this review, that I enjoyed all the musical references and how a song played an important part in Thalli's redemption. I give Anomaly 4 out of 5 stars. It can be bought at Amazon.

** Much thanks to Team Novel Teen and Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing this book free in exchange for my honest review, which I have given **