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 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 to trust, before her time runs out.
I’m really excited about Anomaly because, one, I’ve really enjoyed Krista’s other books, (which are contemporary re-imaginings of Bible stories. Transporting the story the story of Esther to a reality-dating show? Genius!) and two, it’s Christian Teen Dystopian fiction! Thalli’s voice grabbed me from the first sentence and never let go. You catch some of the wonder that she feels as she experiences new emotions for the first time and eventually comes to know the Designer. The plot twists were a little predictable, and Berk is a little too perfect, but I still can’t wait for Luminary! A great addition to the Inspirational YA canon, Anomaly is also a great example of the what new face of Christian Teen fiction looks like. Authors like Krista McGee are helping this genre find its feet and it’s exciting to see!
**We’re starting to see more dystopian novels in Teen Christian fiction, it seems to be a setting that works well in this genre.**
When Krista McGee isn’t living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she lives in Tampa and spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher, and coffee snob. She is also the author of Anomaly, First Date, Starring Me, and Right Where I Belong. Learn more about Krista by visiting her website or Facebook Page.
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True, Berk was pretty perfect…but Thalli didn’t get too much interaction on a super-personal, every day atmosphere, either. Maybe he will be more flawed in the coming books. 🙂
Very true, I’m not sure that my wish for more flaws is a good thing, but there it is:-)
I enjoyed it as well and didn’t realize it was part of a series until the end! Should be interesting to see how she is able to develop the characters in a different setting!
I agree, I’m looking forward to more of Rhen as well!
Great review. I also really enjoyed Krista McGee’s other books.
I think “Right Where I Belong” is my favorite of her previous books.
I thought the whole virtual reality technology was kind of neat, though I don’t think I’d want it in my mind.
Nice review! I agree that this genre lends itself well to Christian themes, but I liked that this book wasn’t about the outlaw of Christianity and such, as many seem to be. This was a fresh idea.
Very true, the outlaw of Christianity theme can get a bit cumbersome after a while
I am excited for the next book, as well!