Friday, November 15, 2013

Review: Anomaly by Krista McGee

Book Blurb

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 a way, 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.

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Author Info

I write for teens, teach teens, and more often than not, act like a teen. My family and I have lived and ministered in Texas, Costa Rica, and Spain. Our current hometown is Tampa, FL.

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My Review

(Written and Provided by Amber McCallister)

Anomaly by Krista McGee is a refreshingly original and incredibly unique experience that plunges us into the depths of the human heart while at the same time desperately tries to reconcile those feeling with the logic of the mind. As you can imagine, that task would be near impossible, but that is not to say that there are those who will not stop trying in the hopes of closing out the heart and allowing logic to take over. It is for those that I believe this story was written. You cannot blot out hope, love, and faith only to replace it with logic, uniformity, and rules. The only result would be to remove the purpose and desire for living. What a horrible existence that would be!

We follow McGee’s beautiful and ingenious characters Thalli and Berk as they are forced apart and then reunited under precarious circumstances. The tender and innocent love that they nurture is endangered by a death sentence placed on Thalli because she is an anomaly. Her variances are seen as a malformation and targeted for immediate removal. Heartbroken by this revelation, Berk vows to do all that he can to save Thalli. Together, they journey to the edge of a precipice that will forever change them and the world around them.

I dare you to deceive the system set in place to protect you from yourself. I put forth a challenge to all who dare to listen.  Live at your own risk. Love at your own risk. Don’t ignore the One who created you. Believe in Him. Believe in yourself. In a world controlled by a strict observance of the status quo, your reality is only a shallow reflection of the truth that lies far below. Don’t stifle the truth. Question the lies.

Krista McGee is a truly insightful and imaginative author! I was immediately entranced by her world, and I loved every minute of it. The fascinating technology and the simple yet complex setup of her society beckoned me to learn more until I was utterly immersed and intrigued. This is a story that fans of sci-fi and dystopian will thoroughly enjoy. I look forward to reading more stories from this wonderful author.

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