Ever since The Hunger Games made its splash, 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. But it’s kind of overplayed its hand with clichés.
Christian fiction has been leery of the genre. Despite this, I almost squealed when learning that Christian authors were about to journey into this once uncharted territory. Krista is a talented author so I knew the genre would be well represented from the start, and you know what? Anomaly certainly proves these reasons to be true.
Because Anomaly is a dystopian world that a nuclear war destroys (which is really quite terrifying), the characters aren’t so much relatable as they are products of their environment. In other words, the first person narrative is more about its protagonist, Thalli, trying to justify the reason she’s an “anomaly.” As a genetically altered product, Thalli isn’t supposed to emotionally react or feel or think beyond what she’s designed for. Much of the story is “in summary,” as we read through Thalli’s fears, questions and emotions unable to distinguish between what’s “real” and what’s stimulation.
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Setting itself apart from its peers is the inspirational message Krista weaves into this story. This all in an effortless fashion, and in consideration of 17-year-old Thalli’s curious nature, we understand why she seeks the identity of The Designer. Who he is and why He’s more powerful than the Scientists. Frightening in its underpinnings, Thalli’s faith, and her consuming, beautiful connection to God is powerful, and is probably the most emotional element in the narrative. The fear doesn’t appear in overt instances but as we read chapter after chapter, it becomes more obvious that nothing is quite as it seems; we spend a good deal of time wondering what alternative is the real thing. In short, this book is kind of awesome.
If there is one negative of the story, it’s the writing. Don’t misunderstand; McGee writes an excellent story. It’s just that the sci-fi vibes make the “voice” of the story a bit abrupt, and less poetic. Not sure this is a “con” considering it has a purpose. Having anticipated this novel since learning of its existence, Anomaly DOES NOT disappoint. It’s a fast read (cannot remember the last time I buzzed through a book so quickly) that literally leaves us hanging on its last words. Any reader knows that a sign of a great book is one that makes its reader wish that yearlong sequel watch weren’t so far away. In the meantime, this is one reader who is likely to reserve a spot for part one of Thalli’s journey on her keeper shelf.
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With thanks to Litfuse and the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes