Anomaly by Krista McGee ~ Review

Anomaly (Anomaly #1)My Review: 

Thalli has lived in Pod C among her peers her whole life. And though she tries to be like her friend Rhen, never questioning, and ever obedient, Thalli cannot live without questioning and feeling things. She finds that she can express herself through music, and when she reacts with emotion to a "primitive" piece of music, she finds herself taken away for annihilation.

But her childhood friend, Berk, now one of the privileged scientists, fights to have her saved for study of her brain. Berk wants to save her from the invasive experiments of Dr. Loudin, and as reality and virtual reality blend together, will Thalli ever find the truth?

Thalli is a strong heroine, different from her peers, she wonders why it is so easy for them to not question the powers that be, or the scientists, not wondering about the primitive world above them. But after being taken for annihilation and testing, she meets John, a strange man with memories of the primitive world, of things like love, marriage, and family. John speaks of feelings as if they are a natural part of life, and he also speaks of the Designer who made everything, his love for the world, and sacrifice of his son Jesus.

Yet there is also the world above, and the colony that is thriving without the controlled rule of the scientists. Asta and Stone, who live above, and make her wonder if there is more than their colony below the earth.

 Berk is a true friend to Thalli, chosen to join the revered scientists, he is clever and is constantly working on a new innovation. As Dr. Louden's experiments get more and more invasive, Thalli has choices to make, will she fight for an unknown future?

I loved Thalli, she is a strong heroine, with a longing for something real, for something true. Ms. McGee did a great job of capturing her voice, with her joy and wonder, fear and desolation. The first of a trilogy, I was engaged beginning to end, intrigued by this strange new, and fearsome world below.

A fast-paced adventure for fans of dystopian fiction, this book stands out from the crowd with its search for clarity and truth. Highly recommend!

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