Published by Select Books (NY) on February 9, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Source: ecopy from Author
In the future there is no disease. There is no war. There is no discontent. All citizens are complacent members of the Global Governance. But one summer is about to change everything.
Keeva Tee just turned fifteen. All of her dreams are about to come true. She’s about to make the trip to Monarch Camp to be imprinted with her intended life partner. One day they’ll have perfect kids and a perfect life. But in her happy, carefree life in the Ocean Community, something weighs on her mind. She hears whispers about “anomalies”—citizens who can’t be imprinted. No one knows what happens to them, but they never seem to come back.
When Keeva arrives at Monarch Camp, her worst nightmare becomes a reality—she is an anomaly. After they are imprinted, the people she loves begin to change, and she starts to doubt everything she’s ever believed. What if freedom and individuality have been sacrificed for security? And what if the man who solves all the problems is the very man who’s created them—and what if he isn't a man at all?
When Keeva finds a warning carved under a bunk bed she begins to understand: Nonconformity will be punished, dissent is not an option, insurgents will be destroyed.
Anomalies is the first book in the young adult dystopian/ Sci fi series by Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman. While it felt like a lot of other dystopians to me, I ended up enjoying Anomalies because it was a good story. I think it would be perfect for fans of Divergent and Matched. (other people have also been comparing it to Delirium, but I haven’t read that series yet- I know! Shame on me!- so I can’t speak to that.)I love the concept and cover of Anomalies. I think it is perfectly fitting for the story. Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman created a solid world that I want to travel back to for the next installment. I enjoyed this book a lot.
Dystopians are such a hit or miss for me. The idea of them sounds awesome, and the summary of Anomalies sounds like such a freakin’ cool story, and it was, but my issue is not an issue with the writing or with this book in general, it is a bigger issue that I have with dystopians. They just all feel the same to me, and I start to get bored because I feel like I have read the book before. Which, obviously is silly, because I haven’t read the book before and the characters and plot details are all different. And here is the thing, I really liked the characters and plot of Anomalies. I think Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman did a great job with the world building and twists and everything. The issue is just with me, and the genre of books. That being said, Anomalies will be such a huge hit with die hard fans of sci fi and dystopians. It is a well executed concept.
I was a little confused at the very beginning because everything seemed so foreign to me, but once we forwarded to when Keeva was 15 and ready to shown her intended partner I felt like I was back on solid ground and I became much more interested in the story from that point forward. I really liked Keeva. She is one tough cookie, and someone that you have no problem admiring.
I was a little surprised at how dark of turn Anomalies took, and honestly that is what made me like the book more. (that makes me sound kind of twisted.) But the choices that the authors made in this regard felt unexpected and that is a huge plus for me in sci fi/dystopian stories. I don’t want to give away too much more. The summary tells you everything you need to know to see if this is a book that will interest you or not, plotwise. The rest, plotwise, is more fun to figure out as you go.
Bottom line: Die hard fans of dystopians will love Anomalies. If you are bit burned out on the genre, this book will probably feel like more of the same to you, so you might want to steer clear. If you are on the edge, though, I would encourage you to try it out because the characters, writing, world building and plot turns are all really well done. I loved this author pairing and would definitely read more form the two of them.
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