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.
I’m going to be honest: the only reason that I got this book was because Booksneeze implemented a new program where if a blogger doesn’t request a new book to review within 90 days of her last review, her account is put on hold. As I did NOT want that to happen to me, I picked out a book and fully admit that I had no interest in it…and the fact that my expectations were so low might be the reason that I enjoyed this book as much as I did!
Now, up front I will say I haven’t read a lot of dystopian/science fiction books, so I don’t have many to compare it too, but I really liked Anomaly. Yes, there were some of the typical YA clichés- the first person/present tense narrative (probably my least favorite POV ever) and even a love triangle (well, sort of- that part of the book was just weird) but overall, it had its good points, and I liked it even better than Matched. In fact, I didn’t even notice that it was written in present tense until I was almost done with the book, which just shows how engrossing the novel was- usually present tense is a big turn-off for me.
I didn’t realize this book is going to be the first in a series until I read the back of the novel when I received it in the mail; I remember thinking, “nah, I probably won’t read any of the other books. This is a one time deal for me.” Yes, well, my opinion on that changed considerably as I went on!
If you like dystopian fiction, I definably recommend this book. Again, I liked it better than the Matched series because I felt the romance was better handled (and up to this point there hasn’t been any kissing: major win!) There were a few things that I didn’t care for plot-wise, but overall, Anomaly was a pleasant surprise!
Objectionable content: there really isn’t anything explicit, though the ideas of the scientists and their new world can be a little disturbing/depressing at times; they “humanely” kill anyone who is an anomaly.
I recieved this book for free from booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.