11 October 2014

Review: ANOMALY

ANOMALY
by Krista McGee

Pages: 312 (paperback)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Publication Date: July 9th 2013
ISBN: 1401688721
Received From: YA Bound Book Tours via NetGalley


Summary 


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 they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community’s assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.
Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.
The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?


Review



I really wanted to like this book. I mean on paper it has everything I need in a book but when it came to actually reading it I found the characters so unbelievably dense and one-dimensional that I struggled to really get into the story. Now it may have just been a case of wrong book, wrong person however it was a mission to get through Anomaly and when it came time to write my review I've struggled to find anything positive to say.

After reading about two chapters of this book I was reverted to this!
Anomaly is a book set in a far off future where what is left of human civilisation lives underground in monitored pods. There are every few people left in The State and those who are live by the rules and only ever see the same people day after day. It's a routine not a life and as the book progresses we see how Thalli copes with this life and the extremes she will go to to escape.

Okay so I found something positive! The very VERY beginning was good. I liked books that start at the end and work backwards however by the end of chapter two I didn't care how it got to the point were Thalli was going to die. Thalli is probably the main reason I struggled with this book. She was a hard character to get behind with all her actions and speech reading as robotic and inhuman. There was no emotion to her and I had nothing, and I mean NOTHING, to connect to.

Me neither Russ! Not about the characters, not about nothing!!
This isn't going to be a long review because I feel like I'll just be repeating myself. Also after about a third of the book I was simply skim reading, dying to move onto something interesting. Overall the story was unoriginal and the characters unimaginative. There was nothing for m to sink my teeth into and the idea of having to read the second book makes me want to cry.

But look, that's just my opinion. It's a strong opinion, but you never know you might find something in this book to like. If you do, then I'm happy for you. There's nothing worse than reading a book you don't like.

Sorry I can't recommend this one lovelies.

Let me know what you thought of this book!


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**I received this book as an ARC from YA Bound Book Tours via NetGalley to read & review. This is a 100% honest review.**

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