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Anomaly Paperback – July 16, 2013
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I was so not expecting that ending, not even a little. Anomaly by Krista McGee follows 17-year-old Thalli, an anomaly, in the new "world" that was created by scientists to live in the wake of a nuclear disaster. The plot of this story is incredibly unique. I've never read anything like it before, but I do have to say I was expecting something a little different.
I enjoyed how inquisitive Thalli was and the connection she had with Berk. I also really liked how descriptive McGee was with the pods and the underground world they had created. Having people born for a specific task is an interesting idea. Knowing that people who are "different" or question the state get annihilated is super intense.
Anomaly was well written, powerful, and different. I like all the twists and turns that were thrown at the reader, especially in the end. We got a chance to see the characters grow as people and questions things they were taught not to question. I really loved the music tie in and all the neurological talk was really interesting.
I'm not sure what I liked most about this story, I think it was the connection between Thalli and Berk. It was nice seeing how much he cared about her even though he wasn't supposed to. Anomaly was definitely an interesting read, and while I wasn't a huge fan of the creator parts of the story, the plot, character development, and meat of the story kept me reading.
Thalli is one of the residents of Pod C, a community of survivors ruled over by the scientists who escaped the apocalypse into the underground bunker they designed. The life populating the community was engineered by these same scientists to have a purpose, to not deviate from that purpose, and to be free of all that illogical, inconvenient emotion. When Thalli, who was designed to be the Pod's musician, experiences overwhelming emotion at the introduction of some "ancient" music (Bach, to be precise), she is considered defective and begins a fight for her life.
I'll start with what bothered me about the book: the Christian theme.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those people who is so anti-religion that I cannot enjoy a story that incorporates it. (Much like I've always scoffed at those people who dislike the idea of, for example, homosexuality so much that they refuse to read a book with a gay character because it "glorifies the lifestyle" or some such baloney.) No, my problem with the religion used in the book is that it was so heavy-handed. Thalli was steered to a religious conversion in a way that seemed ham-fisted. She accepted religion with a very inauthentic-seeming aplomb. (I mean, the girl had a small stroke at watching a movie, but she smiles and nods over the idea of a god??) Especially when you figure that she's not sure the old man telling her about God is even sane.
I also didn't care for the fact that science was very clearly put on the block as the "bad guy.Read more ›
Thalli was a beautiful character. I loved her simplistic honesty about her feelings, her desires to live, her attraction to Berk...everything about this girl was beautiful! Even her self-sacrificing attitude. She had a lot of characteristics that give readers a great role model to look to. Even with so many facts and details hidden from her, she embraced the knowledge she did have and tried to live to the fullest. I loved the peace that she had when the Lord opened her eyes. It was so beautiful, and so wonderfully portrays how it is for a Christian when God opens their eyes to His grace and forgiveness.
As I mentioned, I've never read anything by Krista McGee, but Anomaly was a great introduction to her writing. I don't know if this is how her normal writing style is, or what she just used for this book to portray Thalli's simplistic and to-the-point thinking, but it worked SO well for this book! It really helped put me in the mind of Thalli and to experience things from her point of view. McGee did an awesome job with this novel! I don't know how young the intended audience is for Anomaly, but I would image young teens would find this an easy - and highly enjoyable - read!
All in all, I really enjoyed this book from cover to cover!Read more ›
Anomaly is reminiscent of a number of books and films, including The Hunger Games, The Island, and THX 1138. The problem is not that Anomaly ever feels too derivative, but that it never really carves out its own niche. A little more setting and world building would have gone a long way toward making the book more immersive and giving it a distinct identity.
Anomaly follows all the traditions established by The Hunger Games for the currently popular female-protagonized dystopian young adult sci fi genre, no matter how forced, such as writing in the first-person present tense and including the obligatory two love interests, regardless of how believable. This doesn't help Anomaly's quest for identity, either.
Anomaly turns out to be an overtly Christian book, and McGee does a nice job of presenting the Gospel accurately and exploring faith in the face of death. Unfortunately, the Gospel presentation itself feels forced, like McGee has an agenda, and this contrivance saps meaning from Thalli's obviously inevitable conversion.
Contrivance, which turns out to be widespread throughout the book, is Anomaly's biggest problem. Things happen because McGee needs them to happen, perhaps leading the reader to ask things like "Why on earth don't they ever lock Thalli's door?" "Why doesn't anybody seem to care that she has constant access to John?" and "Who the heck is responsible for the cameras around here?" (never mind questions like "Why do they call them `the Ancients' when this is like two generations later and at least one is still alive?" and "Why don't they ever kiss?").Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thalli has lived in Pod C among her peers her whole life. And though she tries to be like her friend Rhen, never questioning, and ever obedient, Thalli cannot live without... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Faye
Loved it. Love stories that share God's Word, and this book does it very well. Can't wait to read book 2!Published 2 months ago by C.P-Bukowski
good start with interesting premise and with lots of unanswered questions. I like the premise and the progression in the first book. easy read.Published 5 months ago by Diane P
The State contains the only survivors after the Nuclear War destroyed the earth. Scientists, called The Ten, keep the State running smoothly. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JesusForever
After nuclear war decimates the earth, The Ten created The State below ground. They have genetically engineered new generations and removed all emotion. Read morePublished 8 months ago by momisreading
I absolutely loved this book. I'm reading the second I the series now and can't put it down. Great characters and a positive message.Published 9 months ago by J. A. Shuster
I decided to read this to see if it was something my teen son would enjoy. I got hooked and had to read all three books to find out what happened! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jill