Monday, July 29, 2013

Litfuse Publicity Blog Tour: Anomaly

Here's a description of the book:

"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 ended in a nuclear war. But life went on deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. Since then, they have genetically engineered humans to be free from emotions in the hopes that war won’t threaten their lives again.

But Thalli was born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far thanks to her ability to hide those differences. But Thalli’s secret is discovered when she is overwhelmed by the emotion in an ancient piece of music.

She is quickly scheduled for annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk, convinces The Ten 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 in the pods.

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 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 she can trust, before her time runs out…"

My Rating

Spring/Summer

My Review

Fascinating. The underground world McGee has created... The difficult questions McGee doesn't save her characters from... The Matrix-y intensity without the ickiness (Thank you, McGee!)... The twists and turns through the human mind... The romance that somehow survives and is as tender and fragile as one would expect in such a world... And the creative and simply powerful look at faith. All of it made for such an engaging story, and a great start to what's sure to be an intriguing trilogy!

To be honest, the two YA contemporaries I read by McGee - while sweet and written in an easy-to-read style - were not favorites of mine, but I was curious about her foray into the world of dystopia. McGee's writing style fits so well in this genre, and I loved this one! Her simple storytelling makes Thalli's eye-opening process so interesting to read about, and it creates a strong impact when Thalli wrestles with tough issues - things like reality vs. simulation, and the fear of forgetting all one has ever known and believed in.

The epilogue has me a bit unsure... Either A) the villain is even more egotistical than previously suggested or B) his plan is super complicated. But really, either way I'm curious to see where this series goes! This is a great set-up, and - more than that - a thought-provoking story on its own. Bravo, McGee, for your creativity and your fearlessness!

*With thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion, to be shared during the Litfuse Publicity blog tour.*

About the Author

"When Krista McGee isn't living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she lives in Tampa and spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher, and coffee snob. She is also the author of Anomaly, First Date, Starring Me, and Right Where I Belong." Learn more about the author at www.kristamcgeebooks.com.

To Buy the Book: click HERE

Blog Tour: Check out the reviews from other blog tour participants HERE.

My Reviews of Other McGee Books: First Date and Right Where I Belong

Litfuse Contest

Krista McGee is celebrating the release of Anomaly, the first book in her new YA dystopian series, with an iPad Mini Giveaway!

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One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A $25 iTunes gift card (download Anomaly to the iPad!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 31st. Winner will be announced at Krista's website on August 2nd.

Spread the word about Krista and her giveaway HERE!

6 comments:

Grace M said...

Good to know you liked it! It is on my "to read" list, and I hope be able to read it before the end of the year.

Grace

Rissi said...

Sorry you didn't love Krista's prior YA novels, Amber - I thought Right Where I Belong was a gorgeous story for its genre.

How wonderful to read your lovely review on Anomaly. The book certainly was interesting and I think it has a great message - who knew this genre could be so eye-opening when the narrative was properly done!? Whereas 'Hunger Games' is more troubling, this book takes time to open the doors to Christianity and the implications such terrifying events may involve.

Kara said...

Great review, Amber! (Even if written last minute. ;) I really have no excuse why I haven't read this one yet. It's sitting so prettily waiting on me. Maybe I'll take it with on my trip this week. Hmmm. We'll see if it fits in my suitcase! :D Either way, it definitely sounds like a fun read.

Amber Stokes said...

Grace,

I really did like it - it was quite interesting! I hope you like it, too, when you get a chance to read it. :) (I know how crazy it can be to wade through those TBR stacks!)

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Rissi,

I did find First Date and Right Where I Belong to be sweet and enjoyable reads - but I just didn't fall in love with them, you know? (I did enjoy the latter more than the former, though!) This one was a little more intriguing and captivating to me. :)

I'm glad you liked this one, too! It certainly does give a more hopeful outlook than many other dystopian books, doesn't it?

One thing I appreciate about books like The Hunger Games series is that it sets up a contrast and creates discussion. I feel like it challenged me to consider what I believe and to take note of what can't satisfy. On the other hand, a book like this is also great because it invites you to join the characters on a journey of faith, rather than being forced to always identify and contemplate the ignored element in secular books. I think both types of stories have their merits. :)

Appreciate your thoughtful comment! I need to read your review soon, too!

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Kara,

Hehe, thank you! And my, oh my - "last minute," indeed! Stayed up WAY too late trying to finish, then snuck in a few hours of sleep, then got up, read the last few pages, and reviewed the book before heading out for the day with my mom and a friend who's home from a year teaching in Japan. It was a great day, but I am exhausted...

Hope my review still made sense after being so sleep-deprived, LOL! And I hope you get a chance to read this soon - it's a really intriguing read. :) And the cover is pretty in a different sort of way, isn't it?

~Amber