- My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
- Genre: Teen Fiction
- Part of a Series: yes, Anomaly Series #1
- Publication year: 2013
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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.
This was a very interesting read! It's another futuristic (Dystopian) type book, where the United States is all destroyed and the world is uninhabitable. I'm not usually a big fan of those books, since they freak me out. I don't like thinking too hard about "end of the world as me know it" kind of things. The difference with this one that I liked was twofold: 1. the focus on the characters 2. the hope. I really love the idea of the human spirit still breaking through and the undeniable longing that we all have for God and His love, even in a place like "The State," where people are genetically created to be emotionless. Thalli and Berk are great characters and I look forward to seeing what happens to them next. It's nice to see a teen Dystopian book with heart and hope in something greater than ourselves. The references to the "Designer" are cool.