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, ... Read More
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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 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 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 a way, Thalli hears rumors of someone called the Designer - someone even more powerful than The Ten. She begins to believe that the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan - and that the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she’s been looking for all along.
Filled with action and suspense, Anomaly is a breathtaking novel of curiosity and faith from author Krista McGee.
Page Count: 320
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jul 9, 2013
- UPC: 9781401688721
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 311
- Publish Date: Jul 9, 2013
- Audience Age Maximum: 17
- Audience Age Minimum: 12
- BISAC: "JUV059000"
- ISBN: 1401688721
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- Courage, Conviction, Conformity=GREAT YA READ! by Wman4JC on 7/9/13
My rating is 4.5 Stars
On front cover: QUESTION. FEEL. BELIEVE.
This is the definition for the word anomaly: deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule. I really like that definition and it fits Thalli so well. Thalli lives in a world that is underground….she has no knowledge of what Earth is like, she has never seen the ocean, and taking turns to see the moon is a rare privilege. She is 17 years old and the underground, called the State, is run by scientists. There are 10 scientists and they in turn are training the next generation of genetically engineered human beings to take over when the time is right. There are no more families, no more children, no dust or sickness, and everything is controlled, measured, or rationed according to each population. There is no more emotions, no more belief system, and no more love. There are different pods separated by age group/generation and each person in these sections has been engineered to master one thing. Thalli is a musician; there is also a dietician, historian, mathematician, horticulturist, etc. She loves music and can play any instrument. She expresses herself through music and analyzes her feelings for others through music.
One night Thalli’s pod, Pod C, is schedule to view the moon, but something goes wrong and they must be rescheduled. Thalli gets suspicious because nothing ever gets rescheduled, things in her world never go wrong. That’s about to change.
At some point Thalli is sent to the music room to play a piece she’s never seen before. While she is playing she loses herself in the music and she is caught sobbing uncontrollably, that is when it’s decided she will be annihilated. Scientists believe that if anything not engineered shows up within the State, that this could be contagious or cause disorder. Also, once someone no longer serves a purpose for the greater good of the State, they are annihilated. The characters in the plot define anomaly as rushing through lessons, curiosity, arguing, having emotions.
Will Thalli survive what these scientists have in store for her? Will she discover the truth in time? As the scientists realize mistakes that have been made along the way, will Thalli be able to help them find answers?
Thalli herself is kind of childish at first, but there is such an innocence about her and she has an amazing heart for being a genetically engineered person with brilliant potential. Then she meets John and he teaches her about the real Designer and opens her mind to impossibilities beyond what she has been taught or trained to believe.
The main lesson I got from this story is how society trains us to believe untrue concepts that we buy into. Yes, we need authority and to respect order, but we also have to remember that as believers we are not of this world. We’re here to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives not to fit in or be like everyone else. Our minds, our bodies, and our purpose are not supposed to be conformed to what the world dictates, that’s not where our identity originates from and it’s not where our destiny is. This is a powerful reminder throughout the book.
I absolutely loved reading this book, but as a reader I also want to point out that nothing in the plot is what it seems. It’s easy to read, chapters are short, and it can be read in one or two sittings, but things definitely get intense and the story grabs your heart through Thalli’s journey. It’s truly amazing what she endures, how she is constantly tested, and how callous/uninvolved the scientists treat her as they study her with every response (there is no relationship with these doctors and their patients, only acceptance and duty). Her innocence remains, but her growth and discernment steadily increase with her intelligence throughout the story. That to me was more interesting than all the technology, all the logic, and all that goes wrong with the scientists’ calculations.
The movie this book reminded me of was The Island with Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor. There really isn’t any violence in the story, but Thalli’s mind gets played with a lot (sometimes that can be worse than violence, but nothing graphic or disorderly happens in the book). I absolutely loved Berk and was amazed at the risks and sacrifices he makes to protect Thalli. My main question for him was, “Did you get ANY sleep in this story?” I also liked Rhen, she reminded me of a female Spock from Star Trek. I truly look forward to the sequel, Luminary, coming early 2014! Check out this link for other releases coming up next year from Thomas Nelson: http://relzreviewz.com/coming-in-early-2014-from-thomas-nelson-part-2/
I want to thank Booksneeze and Thomas Nelson for the free review copy provided. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.