Friday, March 1, 2019

"Anomaly" by Krista McGee

About this book:

  Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds 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 Scientists’ Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance.
  As her life ticks a way, 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 to trust, before her time runs out.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Anomaly” series.

Spiritual Content- Philippians 1:3 at the dedication; Scriptures are mentioned & quoted; Being witnessed to; Prayers; Many talks about God & believing; ‘H’s are not capitalized when referring to God; Many mentions of God (called The Designer) & Jesus; Mentions of a song about Jesus & salvation; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles & faiths; Mentions of those in the Bible & events; Mentions of churches/chapels & what you do there; Mentions of Heaven; A couple mentions of a Bible college; A mention of a pastor; A mention of a choir; A mention of sin;
             *Note: A few mentions of the Scientists believing that former church goers believe in a superstition; A mention of a group of people being more evolved.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘stupid’; A little bit of fighting & pain (barely-above-not-detailed); All about many mentions of being annihilated (including those being forced and those choosing to end their life), poison, & dying/deaths (and seeing people die); Many mentions of lies, lying, deceit, & manipulation; Mentions of a war, threats, & deaths; Mentions of illnesses, injuries, & deaths; A few mentions of being drugged; A couple mentions of bombs; A couple mentions of throwing up; A mention of Thalli feeling like she could kill herself (she mentions right before that there’s something inside of her that warns against that); A mention of a human’s remains;
             *Note: A mention of a band (the Beatles).

Sexual Content- two cheek kisses, a forehead kiss, and an almost kiss; Touches, Warmth, & Embraces (from two boys, barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Smelling (from two boys, barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of boys & feelings; A couple mentions of people staying together for a while and others leaving to pair with someone else (but no one is married); A mention of procreation; A mention of seeing a couple kiss; A mention of jealousy; A bit of love, falling in love, & the emotions.

-Thallium ‘Thalli”, age 17
                                1st person P.O.V. of Thalli & the Epilogue in the Scientists
                                                        303 pages

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My personal Rating-
{Death is a topic often discussed in this book and some parts might be creepy/triggering for younger reads. Very clean, but the Scientists can be disturbing with their methods.}
Just like the first time I read this book, I feel emotionally wrecked as if I’ve been through the wringer. Rereading this series as been on my to-do list for quite a while now, and I’m excited it’s finally happening. While this reading felt a little slower pace at first than a remember, it quickly picks up the pace and it feels like a roller-coaster of a ride.

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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