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Anomaly (Anomaly #1)

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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 beli...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
Recommended for: religious readers who like their Bible with a side of plotless dystopia. If you are one of the aforementioned, then just skip reading this review, it'll save you some time and you won't have to waste any more effort in leaving me a rage-filled and profanity-laced comment.

Like a moth to a flame, I am drawn to the word "dystopia."

Like a moth to a flame, I almost always get burned.

Did I say dystopia? I meant Joel Osteen. At least it wasn't Glenn Beck, but still, that's not saying m...more
5 Stars!
Goodreads Synopsis:
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...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Before I start the review, I want to make it clear that my review will be biased and I will not attempt hide this in any shape or form. I am not the intended audience for this novel (deeply, devout Christian teens). Despite how naïve this may be, I do not believe that religious novels should only be read and appreciated by religious people. I have read novels written to and by people of many faiths and have enjoyed some of them. I've seen that the main issue of these sorts of books is not the pr...more
I have only read one other book by this author, Right Where I Belong (view spoiler), and was quite pleased with it. However with Anomaly being such a different type of book I wasn't sure how much I would like it. Sure the synopsis sounded good, but I went into it with a little apprehension. I needn't have worried! This book was SO amazing!

It kept me guessing throughout the entire book, I was never quite sure what was re...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
DNF - A religious novel under the guise of dystopian fiction. Last thing I want is to be preached to in my reading time.

Also, the writing was terribly difficult to get into, stunted sentences, pretty much skimmed all the way to 27%. When the mentions of God and the Church came out, I decided that was that.

Received this book from Netgalley as part of a blog tour, but chose not to take part in it.
For me, Anomaly was true to its name, in that its sheer level of terrible landed it on my extremely rarely used "too-awful-to-finish" shelf.

A YA dystopian? Sure, I'll give it a whirl. A YA dystopian that beats me over the head with the author's particular brand of religion and is more than a little short on character development, believable worldbuilding, and plot? Pardon me while I Hail Mary the book like there's five seconds left in the Super Bowl and I'm Tom Brady trying to finish off a drama...more
Rebecca /will you follow me one last time\
What a rollercoaster ride!

I am having a hard time writing a review for this book. I am really not sure how to put my feelings into words. So I think I will 'write' this review in gifs. My first review in gifs!

My reactions while reading this book:


Really enjoying it!

.....This is kinda meh

What just happened!? Ugh! Don’t like!

Woah, did not see that comin’

Getting good again…


Yeah. That pretty much says it all. This book has so many twists and turns, you really don’t know what to...more

I wanted to read this book just to see how different it was from the author's other books. I'm not a huge fan of dystopian storylines, but I loved this book that reminds me of The Giver or The Uglies with a Christian element.

The main character Thalli is strong and curious in a world that demands structure and uniformity. After nuclear war, the group of scientists were the only ones to survive, creating a society of followers. When Thalli feels more than is allowed, she becomes the target of brai...more
Thalli lives in a future society under ground. After a world war the surface of the earth is uninhabitable and since emotions have been deemed the root of what went wrong they were genetically removed from the citizens.

Thalli is different from the others, as she feels things and asks questions, tries to protect her friends from harm. Soon she is seen as a threat to the harmony of the society and she is supposed to be annihilated. But an old friend, who is a scientist now intervenes and convince...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
There are only a handful of humans remaining after the Nuclear War decimated what used to be the world as we know it. Only for those of us left, we don't have any memory of that world. All we have are the lessons we study about the world that once was. We are segregated by generations and in my Pod C, there are only about thirty of us. Each of us has a talent that only we alone possess. For me, Thalli, I am a musician. I can read and create music as though that was all I was born to do. For my r...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
3.5 stars

What I thought:

When I signed up for this tour I didn't realize that this was in the Christian Fiction genre. I thought it was just going to be a YA Dystopian. It turned out to be both, so it's a good thing I like Christian Fiction. It's the first time I have read this type of book and it was an interesting mix.

The whole premise was also different. The world has basically faced an apocalypse, which is nothing new, but in this story a community survives under ground in a scientific living...more
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Review on my blog (to be posted 7/16):

I've heard great things about Krista McGee's books, so when I found out about Anomaly, I knew I had to read it - especially since it's dystopian (I absolutely love this genre!).

Anomaly completely met my expectations, as I ended up loving it. The story held my attention throughout and I loved the characters. I think my favorite character would have to be Berk, t...more
Seventeen-year-old Thalli has been scheduled for annihilation. She is the Musician for her pod, her group of peers, and she feels emotions, something the post-apocalyptic society she lives in has attempted to remove through genetic engineering. Berk, her childhood friend, is now a Scientist and persuades his colleagues to save her for study. She is given a reprieve, but as the experiments start, she soon starts to wonder what is real and what is not.

Krista McGee’s last three books were contempo...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
Minutes into the first few pages of "Anomaly", I knew I was in for trouble...that there was no way I'd be putting this book down any time soon! Krista McGee has created a fascinating futuristic world, a post-nuclear war age where science rules the day, and feelings and spirituality have been genetically removed from human DNA. I loved the idea of Thalli, a character who doesn't fit the mold but instead questions why things are the way they are, and feels things on a deep level. She is a wonderfu...more
Michelle Griep
We've all read them. You know. The ol' nuclear bomb destroys civilization as we know it except for a handful of survivors. This is one of those...and one worth reading.

Anomaly explores not only what it's like to be different, but to know you're different, way down to the marrow of your bones. We've all experienced this. Just think back to junior high. What's great about this book, though, is that it ends on a note of hope--and a cliffhanger. For yes, indeed, this is only the beginning of Thalli...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Anomaly is a rare read find. I love sci-fi and dystopians but one that comes together so flawlessly I have not read in a long time. I am so glad I read this book because it was full of action and suspense. Can you imagine living in a world where there is no emotions and no feelings? Imagine a life engineered to just live and survive and not feel. Well this is the reality for Thalli. She is different from the others in the State because she feels and she has emotions that were removed from her ra...more
Renn Shearin
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 emot...more
Jill Williamson
Thalli lives in Pod C where everyone has a unique job. She is the musician of Pod C and does her job well. She also hides secrets well. See, people aren’t supposed to show emotion in Thalli’s world. Emotion is a weakness, and people with weaknesses are taken away and never return. But Thalli feels. And when her best friend Berk is promoted to a Scientist and taken away for training, she feels the loss of a dear friend.

Thalli is unable to hide her anomaly forever, though, and soon she is taken aw...more
Amber Stokes
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...more
Jalynn Patterson
About 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.

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 th...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
by Krista McGee

The opening of Anomaly grips you from the very beginning. Thalli has just over fifteen minutes left to live. Her whole life she has spent as an anomaly because she has feelings and curiosity. Thalli can't follow the rules, not because she intends to break them but because she isn't the same, she's malformed.

In a world where sameness is necessary to a productive, efficient society that is struggling to survive in post nuclear war Thalli is a threat! And threats must be annih...more
Natali.D (BookCupid)
Thalli's sole purpose in life is to play music. In fact, everyone in the community is assigned a job early on. Scientists, of course, being top of the line -- as they are the only one's allowed in private areas and have the responsibility to apply the rules the others must obey. It is a post-apocalyptic state after all. If anyone can save the world, it's the scientists. To assure themselves that no other war will ever destroy the planet again, the scientists abolish feelings, so when Thalli is c...more
Lori Twichell
This completely new and strange dystopian adventure from Krista McGee starts out as a roller coaster and doesn't ever stop. With shades of The Matrix, Divergent and The Hunger Games, Thalli’s story takes us on a frightening, creative and incredible adventure that will whet the appetites of the most avid sci-fi and fantasy fans. From one moment to the next, it’s difficult to pinpoint who is lying and who is telling the truth. Even we, as the readers, are unable to follow all of the plot twists wi...more
Jul 17, 2013 Rissi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Avid Fans of Dystopian Novels, Krista McGee Fans
Ever since the rage of The Hunger Games caught on, dystopia fiction has become a broken record craze in the world of YA fiction. Specifically, the secular world has been a hive of popularity for this genre to succeed and it’s almost overplayed itself with clichés. Christian fiction has been more leery of the genre. Despite that, I’ll admit to being interested in several fandoms plus I practically squealed when learning that Christian authors were about to foray into the once uncharted territory...more
Create With Joy
Imagine we live in a post-apocalyptic world. Decades ago, life as we knew it ceased to exist. The Ten – the scientists who survived the nuclear war – now run the world. They make the rules. Everything they do is for our good. Or so, we've been taught.

The Ten create life. They create us for a specific purpose. They manipulate our DNA. They eradicate any traits deemed detrimental to life in the underground pods where we live. Weaknesses such as sickness, emotions and curiosity are all deemed undes...more
I have read a few dystopian novels some great like the Hunger Games and some just good like Anthem and the Overton Window. Among the greats is Anomaly it is possibly one of the best I have ever read, it's a tight race between it and the Hunger Games. Everyone who knows me knows how highly I rave about the Hunger Games so yeah it's a great honor to Anomaly when I say it competes with the Hunger Games.
I must say I have never read a Christian dystopian novel though, unless the Left Behind books b...more
Picking this up at a bookstore was actually pretty nice, I liked the overall storyline and was hoping that it was something like 'Uglies' or 'The Maze Runner' but unfortunately I had set my expectation a bit high.
People normally berate me for saying "This book was too young for me" as in aimed at a lower audience, not high school like I had thought. Not as good as Hunger Games but better than House of Night series.
********** Spoilers*********
So in the beginning, this little girl, Thalli, (who'...more
Sara Bennett
I have L-O-V-E-D, loved this authors other books and I was super happy to grab a copy from Booksneeze. I was interested to see how Ms.McGee would transfer from a contemporary romance genre to science fiction dystopian. I was sure she could do it though :)

Thalli is a seventeen year old girl who is the musician in her Pod, Pod C. The third generation since the world was destroyed decades ago in something called a nuclear war. Thalli has always known she was an anomaly, she tried to hide it, she wo...more
Anomaly by Krista McGee is a refreshingly original and incredibly unique experience that plunges readers into the depths of the human heart while at the same time desperately tries to reconcile those feelings with the logic of the mind. As you can imagine, that task would be near impossible, but that is not to say that there are those who will not stop trying in the hopes of closing out the heart and allowing logic to take over. It is for those that I believe this story was written. You cannot b...more
I really liked Anomaly! At first, it was a little hard to warm up to the book. Everything was so rigid and I thought nothing would ever happen to make Thalli leave Pod C. Once that happened though, everything was perfectly paced, and so interesting! I was NOT expecting this to be a faith-based story at all, but once I saw that it was, it was a pleasant surprise. I loved having John as a character, as well as Berk. They were both genuine, realistic, and most certainly cared about Thalli. It was i...more
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Krista writes for teens, teaches teens, and more often than not, acts like a teen. She and her family have lived and ministered in Texas, Costa Rica, and Spain. Her current hometown is Tampa, FL.
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“I will die the way I learned to live. Fully aware. At peace. With a heart so full of love that even as it slows, it is still full.

Because I know something the Scientists refuse to acknowledge.

Death is only the beginning.”
“In the years since, I learned that when I am missing Berk or Asta, I can play my tears through my instruments. And the Monitors think I am just improving. They don't know the truth. I play laughter and frustration. I play feelings I cannot define. But the music defines them for me.” 5 likes
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