{Review+Giveaway} Anomalies by @sadieturnerla & @colettefreedman

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{Review+Giveaway} Anomalies by @sadieturnerla & @colettefreedman

{Review+Giveaway} Anomalies by @sadieturnerla & @colettefreedmanAnomalies by Sadie Turner, Colette Freedman
Pages: 336
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.

Note: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

YA ReviewMy ThoughtsAnomalies 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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About Colette Freedman

COLETTE FREEDMAN is an internationally produced playwright, screenwriter, and novelist who was recently named one of the Dramatist Guild’s “50 to Watch”. Her play Sister Cities (NYTE, 2009) was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur) and Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle). She has authored fifteen produced plays including Serial Killer Barbie (Brooklyn Publishers, 2004), First to the Egg (Grand prize shorts urban shorts festival), Bridesmaid # 3 (Louisville finalist 2008), and Ellipses… (Dezart Festival winner 2010), as well as a modern adaptation of Iphigenia in Aulis written in iambic pentameter. She was commissioned to write a modern adaptation of Uncle Vanya which is in preproduction and has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for National Tour. In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she has just sold the thriller The Thirteen Hallows, to Tor/Macmillan, which comes out Dec 6, 2011. She has just sold the novel The Affair to Kensington and is getting ready to shop her YA series The A+ Girls.

About Sadie Turner

SADIE TURNER is a Los Angeles-based producer and writer originally from Brighton, England, who works in business development with several Hollywood entrepreneurs. She has various projects in development, and also teaches yoga.

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5 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} Anomalies by @sadieturnerla & @colettefreedman”

  1. danielle hammelef

    Thanks for the review. I’m happy to hear that the world-building and characterization in this novel are excellent. I would love to read this.

  2. Kathy Davis

    That’s interesting that you switched from writing plays, to writing books. Was it an easy transition?

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