Thursday, July 25, 2013

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.

Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world ended in a nuclear war. But life went on deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. Since then, they have genetically engineered humans to be free from emotions in the hopes that war won’t threaten their lives again.

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

She is quickly scheduled for annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk, convinces The Ten 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 in the pods.

As her life ticks away, 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.

Thalli must sort out what to believe and who she can trust, before her time runs out…

Anomaly by Krista Mcgee was gripping story that kept me hooked until the very last page. The story is not in Krista Mcgee's normal style, but it still has her typical realistic characters, sweet romantic undercurrents, and well written plot line. Starting in on this book I was not sure what to expect; however, the plot line quickly pulled me in with its unique setting, spectacular twists, and unexpected character and plot developments. The story was told from the perspective of Thalli, one of the only surviving humans that still has the ability to feel emotion. An anomaly. Thalli is a wonderfully complex character who struggles to understand what is going on around her and within her. She can play and feel beautiful music, and she wonders what it all means. John, the oldest human still alive, helps Thalli understand the existence of an ultimate Designer who designed her feelings and gave her life and true freedom and salvation. As Thalli learns to trust and feel, she is faced with many trials and heartaches as the Scientists work to eradicate her emotions...and possibly her. I loved Thalli's interactions with Berk; they were both sweet together and had to learn how to help one another survive. Berk is a wonderful character who begins to understand the importance of love, honesty, and trust in the great Designer as he spends more time trying to save Thalli and John. Overall, I found Anomaly to be quite different from Krista Mcgee's previous novels, but I enjoyed the uniqueness and the flavor the storyline and characters as well as their introduction to God and His saving love and Son. I look forward to reading the next novel in the series, and I would highly recommend Anomaly to any reader looking for a provoking read set in a futuristic world.

I received this book for free from and Thomas Nelson Press in exchange for an honest review.

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