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.
- We are created to Love.
- We are planned with a purpose.
- We are not all the same – and those differences are in accordance to the above purpose.
- We are not meant to be in control, and rather than being scary, this can be a freeing discovery.
Anomaly is a perfect teen read. It would make a fantastic book club book or discussion diving board for those angst-filled teen years when one is trying to figure out one’s purpose, place, and how to live with zits.
That early similarity to The Giver? It remains, lingering in the background, throughout the major action in the plot – but McGee ultimately does it better. Not only does she add depth and meaning where it was missing in the first, but she throws in a surprise twist that totally blindsided me – and will have me scanning the newly-released book lists in watch for the sequel.