ARC Review: Anomaly by Krista McGee

July 8, 2013 Review 22 ★★★

ARC Review: Anomaly by Krista McGee
Anomaly by Krista McGee
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Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Blog Tour
Pages: 320
Release Date: July 9th, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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?

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


ANOMALY of reminded my of LEVEL 2 by Lenore Applehans in the way that it is a dystopian with religious aspects. However, in LEVEL 2, they were a bit more veiled than in ANOMALY.

The novel started off fantastically, Thalli has fifteen minutes to live. She is an Anomaly, different from any others in the State. Scientists believe that the reason the world failed was because of emotion, so they have terminated it in all of the citizens. This is where the dystopian aspect comes in.

I wish it had delved into more the world before, rather than just going into Christianity. Religion is a big part of this book, and as a Christian myself, I did not find it boring, but it is definitely not for everyone.

The romance was pretty well done, I liked how it was more in the background rather than in your face. It was cute and sweet, and very enjoyable. I also liked how the current society was described. Everyone has a purpose, a job, and they are not meant to deviate from that.

There was a very interesting twist in the end that I really did not predict, and it definitely makes me want to read the next book.

Overall, it is a good story, just one centered around religion.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.2

22 Responses to “ARC Review: Anomaly by Krista McGee”

    • Alise

      Thank you! I agree, if well executed it can be really great. I know some people refuse to read books with religion in them so I thought I should warn them.

  1. Jasprit

    I’ve never heard of this book before, but it dos sound really interesting, I have been getting into dystopian reads a lot more lately, so I definitely give it a go when I’m in the right mood for it. Thanks for putting it on my radar! :)
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  2. Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

    Ooh, yikes, religion? That is most definitely NOT my thing in books. I tend to stay away from that almost at all costs, if I can. It’s just that those kinds of books tend to preach one kind of religion as ‘the best’, and I really can’t stand that. The premise did really sound awesome, yet I think I’m going to have to pass this one up.

    Lovely review! <3
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I can sometimes feel the same about that, especially if it is not my religion, so no worries. I would rather warn people now than have them read the book and really end up disliking it.

  3. Megan (Ink Skies)

    Even though I don’t usually like reading books centered around religion, ANOMALY sounds really interesting! It actually reminds me of DELIRIUM, too, with the suppressed emotions part. And romance that doesn’t come out and conquer the plot is almost always a plus in my opinion. Glad this worked out well for you, Alise, even if the characters and writing could have been better! Thanks for such a helpful review. :)
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    • Alise

      Yeah I thought Delirium as well! I agree about the romance, I love when it is more in the background. Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

    Just posted a review for this for a blog tour yesterday. I definitely think that it is probably best for Christian readers. The religious aspect is definitely in the forefront. I know I saw a couple of reviewers that were a little upset reading it at first because they didn’t realize this and it rubbed them the wrong way. My favorite parts were actually the world setting, characters, and the romance. I’m definitely curious about what happends, so I’ll be reading the second book too.
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    • Alise

      I agree, I believe it would have been to be forewarned on this type of thing. I was also a fan of the romance, and will also be reading the sequel. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind

    You say it reminds you of Level 2 with it’s religious aspects (didn’t know that was in there). I instantly thought of Erasing Time which has those religious aspects but does it in a not so pushy way (not saying this was pushy). I don’t think I would mind that part of the story. It doesn’t seem to be pushy just a main topic in the story. I don’t know I might like it. I love your rating report at the end. Good idea!
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    • Alise

      Haven’t heard of Erasing Time but I will look it up. I think this is a bit pushy, but not yet preachy. I’m Catholic so I’m not a great judge. Thanks :) It’s a WordPress plugin.

  6. Lauren

    I normally steer clear of books about religion, but this one sounds kind of interesting! I think the romance sounds lovely—I much prefer when it’s not in your face, or the center of the plot. It’s great when a book can surprise you with a twist. I just hope it wasn’t a cliffhanger style twist, I’ve had my fill of those lately. :-) Lovely review!
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    • Alise

      Ah ha, not exactly but it definitely leaves you questioning things! I agree, this is not something I would ordinarily pick up if I knew about the religion but I am glad I did.

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