Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Blog Tour
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?
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.