Monday, January 6, 2014

Luminary Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Anomaly (Anomaly #1)
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?

Luminary (Anomaly #2)
She was an anomaly with a death sentence. Now she's free.

Thalli was scheduled for annihilation. She was considered an anomaly--able to experience emotions that should have been eradicated by genetic modification. The Scientists running the State couldn't allow her to bring undue chaos to their peaceful, ordered world. But seconds before her death, she is rescued.

Now Thalli is above ground in a world she thought was destroyed. A world where not even the air is safe to breathe. She and her three friends must journey across this unknown land, their destination a hidden civilization. It's their only chance of survival.

Broken and exhausted after an arduous journey, they arrive in New Hope, a town that survived the nuclear holocaust. When Thalli meets the people there--people actually "born" to "families"--her small world is blown wide open.

Soon after their arrival to New Hope, the town comes under attack. She has escaped imminent death, but now Thalli is thrust into a new fight--a fight to save her new home. Does she know enough about this world of emotions, this world of chaos, to save not only herself, but the people she has come to love?

 Author Bio:
Krista writes for teens, teaches teens, and more often than not, acts like a teen. She and her family have lived and ministered in Texas, Costa Rica, and Spain. Her current hometown is Tampa, FL.
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Luminary Review:
First Line:
 "Our four travelers haven't stopped moving yet."
Netgalley ARC for tour
5 stars out of 5
I've fallen in love with Krista's dystopian series. It's not often that you encounter a young adult Christian dystopian novel. Krista has created this vivid world that I can see almost perfectly in my mind's eye. The storyline flows smoothly, too, which I always greatly appreciate.

Thalli is a life-like character. She questions everything ans has emotions, but she's (always) over-emotional. The fact that she questions her faith makes her that much more believable, that much more real. Her connection to the Designer through music is beautiful.

Berk is interesting. I like him, but I don't. I believe he is still trying to adjust to the fact that feelings are okay. And he struggles with expressing those feelings, particularly with Thalli. I'm definitely Team Alex though. The more Alex was in the book, the more I liked him. Even when he was evil, I still loved him. I want to learn more about him in Revolutionary. It will be fascinating to see who she chooses in the end. It won't be an easy choice, because they're both awesome. I really want to see more of Rhen and Dallas's relationship together. They are so cute!!!

Krista's Anomaly is amazing and vivid. You should go grab a copy. Right now. I mean it :)

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1 comment:

  1. Dystopia and christian? That's seems like an odd combination, but it sounds really interesting. I really like this publisher, even though I've never heard of this series before. I'll have to give these books a try. Thanks for sharing!