Saturday, July 20, 2013

Anomaly by Krista McGee

In this novel of the future, nuclear war has occurred. The land, the water, and the air are all contaminated. People live underground in a society directed by The Scientists. They develop genetically engineered young people who are raised in a communal setting. Some are designed to be logical thinkers. Some become scientists. Others are workers. And when a person is no longer needed, he is annihilated.

Thalli was designed to be a musician. Her purpose is to stimulate the others in her pod so they will do their jobs better. But at seventeen, Thalli knew she was different from the others. She questioned while the others merely accepted. She felt when others showed no feelings. She was an anomaly. And that was why she was going to be annihilated.

I really liked this novel for young people. It had everything a futuristic novel should have. There is the post nuclear war future with a living environment controlled by scientists – one of whom gets inside people's brains. There is lots of futuristic equipment. There is the desire for a meaningful and emotion filled life. There is word of a Designer when all belief in God has been erased. There is the possibility of love as Thalli's friend, now scientist in training, Berk tries to help her live.

I especially liked the twisting of perception, going from reality to a simulated reality without the subject knowing. Like Thalli, I began wondering if the current scene was real or a created reality. And the twist at the end, speaking of created reality, was great.

This is a great novel for teens. There is a great presentation of the gospel and faith in Jesus. Teens who would like a thoughtful futuristic novel will like this one.

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.” Find out more about Krista at

I am taking part in a blog tour of this book and your can read more reviews here.

Thomas Nelson, 316 pages. Please visit your local Christian Bookstore to purchase this book.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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