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?
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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Fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds.----------
That’s how long I have to live.
Review copy from Netgalley for tour----------
5 stars out of 5----------
Amazingly beautiful. That doesn't even begin to describe Anomaly. It is well written with tons of twists and turns that I was not expecting. Just as everything was becoming nice and neat, Krista would throw in something to keep me on my toes. I couldn't have been happier.
Thalli is a musician. That's what she's been designed by the Scientists to do. But what they didn't program into her is feelings, and that's exactly hat she has. You see, Thalli lives in a world were pretty much everybody is the same. The only difference between one person to the next is the job they were designed to do.
One day, Thalli is caught crying after playing a piece on the piano and she's taken away for annihilation. There she is reunited with childhood friend, Berk, who is training to be a Scientist. Thalli also meets an old man named John. John becomes a father figure to a girl who knows nothing of families as babies are all made in test tubes. He introduces her to God, or the Designer as John calls him. John also shows Thalli love.
This is just leaving me speechless! Thalli and Berk's reationship was perfect for the post-apocalypic world they live in. Neither of them knows anything about love or relationships, so obviously they don't have much of a physical relationship. If you're looking for a hot romance, you aren't going to find that in Anomaly. Their love is obvious though and so very sweet.
There was so much action! Not fighting type of action, but there always seemed to be some sort of danger or some puzzle I needed to solve and I loved every minute of it! I don't know what to make of the Scientists. At first they were evil, then they were good, then evil again. And that ending! I hope Krista is planning on a sequel!
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