Krista McGee burst on the scene a couple of years ago with her fun, witty young adult novels. I was an instant fan. I grabbed her newest, Anomaly, without knowing anything about it other than it was written by her.
Once I received it and started reading it I was disappointed because it was so very different than her earlier works. Creating an entire new world underground because of nuclear fallout? Not something I would have ever thought I'd be interested in. I loved it. The story was so well written that it captivated me from page one. I ached for Thalli and all that she went through.
My favorite part were her interactions with the old man, John, who was hidden away on an upper level. The way he described the Designer (God) was beautifully written.
I can't wait for the rest of this series!
From the back cover:
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.
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 Scientist's Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance.
As her life ticks away, 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 pf 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....
This book was provided for review by LitFuse and is published by Thomas Nelson.