Friday, July 5, 2013

Anomaly by Krista McGee--Book Review

The world ended after a nuclear war, and the survivors went underground. A group of scientists known as the Ten changed the genetic make-up of humans to leave them without emotions. Thalli of Pod C was born with her emotions still intact and a hungering curiosity. After hiding her secret for years, she is discovered and scheduled for annihilation. Her childhood friend, Berk, is a scientist and he convinces them to keep her alive to study her. But as her time with the scientists continues, her unlikely connection with Berk and an elderly man, John, changes things and she learns that perhaps there is something greater at work within the emotions she feels.

Over the past couple years, the dystopian genre has exploded among young adult books. I have read many of these books, and I have also gotten quite tired of too many similar story lines and characters. But while Anomaly by Krista McGee may have a few similar ideas (lack of emotions, a controlling government of scientists, an almost love triangle, first person POV from a female narrator), this book dives into another side of the dystopian ideals.

The character of Thalli was interesting. She had an almost child-like curiosity and naivety to her. However, instead of making it obnoxious to read, I felt it added. It showed how the society of the State projected their residents. Also, her adoration for music was intriguing. The descriptions were beautiful.

While there was not a whole lot of action or heart-pounding scenes, this book was anything but dull. It delved more into the psychological aspects of both what technology and the natural world can do to a person. I thought this was a great twist on the normal dystopian genre.

This book kept me guessing and was filled with a lot of surprises, even up to the end. Just when I thought I had figured everything out, it would change. And now, I eagerly await the next book in this soon-to-be stunning trilogy. :)

-Jaguar Hero!

I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishing through I was required to give my honest opinion of the book, nothing more.

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