Thalli thought escaping to the surface would mean freedom. But is she any less of an anomaly aboveground?
After escaping an underground annihilation chamber, Thalli, Berk, Rhen, and John find themselves fleeing across the former United States, aboveground for the first time. As the defectors cross the forgotten landscape, the three youths see things they had only read about on screens: horses, rain, real books—and a colony of unsanctioned survivors living the ancient way in a town called New Hope.
When these survivors reveal the truth of what happened years ago, Thalli is left unsettled and skeptical of everything she’s ever been told. Can she trust anything from the State, including her own feelings for Berk? When she volunteers for a peace mission to New Hope’s violent neighbor, Athens, her confusion mounts when the supposedly ruthless Prince Alex turns out to be kind and charming. Although everyone in New Hope warned her not to, she can’t help but fall for him.
Meanwhile, John’s unwavering faith in the goodness of the Designer begins to make its mark on Thalli’s heart. But can Thalli really come to trust in a generous, protective Designer who rules over all things? Would that not be setting herself up for another betrayal?
The time for her to decide is now . . . because the State is closing in.
Krista McGee picks right up where she left us hanging at the end of Anomaly and takes the story to new levels and thoughts. Everything I thought might happen was wrong and she drew me deeper into this new world. Thalli has escaped the state and what she hopes to find may or may not be what she is looking for. With more danger ahead and new twists she must rely more and more on John's teaching of the Designer and be stronger then ever.
I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first and am more invested in the characters and plot. I am so not enjoying having to wait till summer for the final book to release, Revolutionary, as like the first it ends with a giant cliffhanger.
While considered a young adult title, Krista McGee has made a fascinating world with great character development that will engage both young adults and adults too. This book truly relies on reading the first one so if it you haven't make sure you grab that one first, you won't be disappointed.