Series: Anomaly #3
Author: Krista McGee
Author: Krista McGee
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Goodreads Rating: 4.19/5 Stars
My Rating: 4.5/5 StarsMy Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, some minor violence)
***This review may contain spoilers for books #1 & 2 in this series. Check out my review of Anomaly and Luminary HERE.***
Revolutionary is the exciting and sometimes heart-wrenching conclusion to the Anomaly trilogy! This book picked up pretty much where the last one left off. Thalli is back in The State, having been taken (along with Alex and Kristie) by Dr. Loudin. Dr. Loudin wants to use Kristie to fix the oxygen problem in The State, and he wants to use Thalli and Alex to help him take over all of the pockets of survivors aboveground. Meanwhile, Thalli is still unsure about her feelings for Alex (who proposed to her in book #2) and Berk - and things get even more complicated when Berk is brought back to the State as well. But as Dr. Loudin's plans get more and more outrageous, Thalli doesn't have time to worry about her love life - not when the fate of the whole world hangs in the balance!
What I loved:
- The Designer. In this book, Thalli really started to question her faith in the Designer. Intellectually, she knew that he was there, but she didn't feel his presence - and he certainly didn't seem to be helping her as far as she could tell. She started to have some serious doubts. I loved this because it is so true to life. Who hasn't questioned their faith at times or felt like God was far away? Of course, the Designer didn't really abandon Thalli, but she has to see that and come to understand that for herself.
- Identity crisis. There were a few revelations regarding certain people's identities that were very interesting and added a lot to the story. I don't want to give any details away, but suffice it to say that these revelations had a big impact!
- High stakes. It felt like there were tons of twists and turns in this book. Every time Thalli and the gang would come up with a strategy to thwart Dr. Loudin, something would happen that would throw all of their plans in turmoil. I never knew how they were going to get out of their circumstances - right up until almost the very end! Plus, the danger was real - not everyone made it out of the State alive!! (Expect some tears.)
- Boy troubles. When it came to the love triangle, I got a bit frustrated with Thalli at times. It actually felt like Thalli made her choice pretty early on in the book (and I was very happy with her choice), but then she still kept sort of wavering. Plus, even after she had basically made a decision, she never actually TOLD either guy what she felt or what she'd decided. In the end, the decision was kind of made for her anyway (I won't give away how), and I felt like it was a bit of disservice to both Alex and Berk that she refused to actually choose and commit to her decision. Still, this triangle, in general, was handled relatively well and certainly didn't spoil the book. After all, there was a lot going on that was more important than Thalli's love life - and she didn't lose sight of that!
Revolutionary was a fantastic ending to the Anomaly trilogy. I LOVE that this series gives Christian readers a unique alternative to the typical Christian romance novel. Plus, even though the religious message of this series is strong, it's not so heavy-handed that an open-minded non-Christian reader couldn't enjoy it too! If you're a fan of dystopians, give it a try! I give this book 4.5/5 stars.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher (Thomas Nelson) in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own***