Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN 1401688721 (ISBN13: 9781401688721)
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.
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.
Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.
The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?
An interesting dystopian novel. Reminded me of Lois Lowry's THE GIVER.
In a future world, citizens are genetically created. Emotion is suppose to be eradicated. Guess what- it's not. Every so often an ANOMALY occurs and someone is created with something they shouldn't possess. Thalli learns about The Creator, and unfortunately for her, he's not a scientist from The State.
This is one of the better dystopian books available today. Thalli (short for Thallium- everyone is named after and element from the periodic table) is a likable character. Her friends are somewhat one dimensional, but that's the idea, they slowly grow and learn they should be more than they are.
A good book that touches upon religion without ramming it down the readers throat. This is the first in a series. I look forward to the next book.
I give this book 4/5 stars
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