Anomaly by Krista McGee
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 did not come across to me as a Christian-dysopia book. I was so not expecting it. Not complaining though – it was pretty cool.
Looking at the reviews on Goodreads (after reading) I was pretty shocked at how many people had related it to the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld like I did. I still can’t really grasp why. If anything it might have been the science-fictiony sort of essence.
This book was fairly intense emotions wise for me. Poor Thalli is different from everyone else, meaning she feels emotions and that meant she was tested and experimented on. Which meant that there were stimulations galore. It got to a really good point where it was difficult to tell stimulation from reality. I love that sort of thing, it makes the story really engrossing when she found out whether a stimulation was or wasn’t real, it could be pretty crushing.
I really liked Thalli as a main character. She had brains. And guts. Not because she was a person (I guess that’s kind of obvious), I mean as in smart and brave. I liked her approach to things and definitely took to her more in the second half of the book.
I can’t finish this review without crediting the ending. It was really good and I can’t wait to find out what happens in Luminary (the sequel). I love it when books end like that! Luckily I am fortunate enough to be in the Luminary blog tour so I get to read that really soon! Yay!
Also in terms of characters and relating it to Uglies, it may be because the characters managed to seem almost…innocent. It’s hard to describe but there was definitely an element if something there similar to innocence that I quite liked because it meant the reader went on the same discovery journey as the main character.
Anomaly was a gripping read that brings new elements to the dystopian table. I would definitely hand this to anyone who likes those dystopian/sci-fi books and wants something a little different.
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