Publication Date: July 9, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Series: Anomaly #1
Genre: Science Fiction
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?
*Digital galley provided by Thomas Nelson Publishers for the blog tour and an honest review*
Anomaly took some time to really get into. The beginning pulls you in from the get-go with Thalli's impending death due to annihilation. The rest of the book leads up to that scene and really takes its time. Between the science fiction and Christian incorporation, Anomaly was a captivating story with some minor bugs throughout.
The Earth has been destroyed by war. The topside is toxic. Living is out of the question. So a community lives inside the Earth, called the State. The old ways of living are sought out as "primitive." Emotions are a thing of the past. People are no longer conceived. They are genetically created. But if an anomaly arises, a person who defies the status quo and begins to show signs of human emotions, they are annihilated.
Thalli is one of those anomalies.
Anomaly has an extremely sound and enchanting premise. Along the way Christian beliefs are carefully woven throughout. Thalli is like a newborn child becoming exposed to religion. Slowly but surely, God finds her way in her when there is nothing left for her to believe in. When everything the State had told her seems to be a revolving lie. I'm not widely keen on religious elements in novels, but Anomaly did incorporate it relatively well. Some readers might find the elements to be uninteresting or unnecessary or something they didn't sign up for when diving into the novel. And even though I wasn't expecting to find myself face to face with Christian elements, I thought that McGee stuck it in the story quite nicely.
The length of the story has many steep hills as well as long flat roads to drive down. In laymans terms, some parts are really exciting while others take a while to really get there. Sometimes my interest in the novel was knocked around. I would find myself wanting to stop at times. Other times I would keep going only to find out that I couldn't stop because I needed to find out what happened next. It was always one or the other.
Thalli was an all-around OK character. She knew when to follow along to directions in order to remain undetected. She understood what she was compared to the people around her. She's smart. Berk, her Pod mate that is in training to become a top Scientist, I found playing his cards one too many times. For a smart boy he was said to be, he needed to come up with some new tricks. Though, I found him and Thalli a cute combination.
Final Summation: ANOMALY was a highly executed science fiction read. The ending happened to feel very rushed, but the epilogue blew me out of the water. I'm excited and high with anticipation to see what happens to the group in the next novel.
First Line: Fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds.
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.
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