!! potential spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!
by Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Expected Release Date: 9 February 2016
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 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.
At 15 years old, Keeva Tee attends Monarch Camp, hoping to finally imprint with her intended partner only to find out that she’s an Anomaly, someone who is unable to imprint. She meets other Anomalies, somehow survives camp, and returns to her home in the Ocean Community. However, some shit happens and Keeva joins the rebellion against the global governance. Not too long after that, she is asked to lead a group of rebels, despite being the newest member of the rebellion. So if I had to describe Anomalies in a single sentence, it would be the mashup of several aspects of Divergent and The Hunger Games in a single book.
This is my very first time listening to an audiobook and it was a rather good experience. It may not be as good as the anime drama CDs I usually listen to but the narrator was very clear and engaging. I found myself wanting to continue to listen to the audiobook even though I lost interest in several parts of the story (I guess that’s the joy of audiobooks, eh? Being able to continue with the book even if it bores you out).
I really enjoyed the world Anomalies is set in. There was a Technology War that almost ended the world (because technology is all the rage these days) but it also explores the idea of a singular government ruling the entire world (it’s actually just like three continents though) and whether it is truly possible for us to achieve world peace. It is a unique world that was described in great detail, though sometimes it bordered on sounding like a history textbook. But unlike history textbooks, the information was broken into bits and pieces so it was easy for me to absorb them.
However, it was hard for me to catch the names of every character in the book. Not because the narrator wasn’t clear in her pronunciation of the names, but rather because there were simply too many. The moment I’ve gotten ‘acquainted’ with some of them, they’re gone, and when their names are mentioned again after a long absence, it takes me awhile to recall who they are.
The book ends on a cliffhanger, which was rather disappointing because I had the impression that this was a standalone novel. But I was also relieved that the entire rebellion wouldn’t be simplified and crammed into the last 25% of the book. I just hope that there will be a second book.
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.
COLETTE FREEDMAN – An internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays, Colette was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild. Her hit musical Serial Killer Barbie can be heard here. Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five-star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, fifteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur), Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and Australia. It is next up in Chicago August 2016. She wrote the film which is currently in post-production and stars Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jess Weixler, Stana Katic, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amy Smart, Troian Bellisario, Tom Everett Scott and Kathy Baker. She has co-written, with international bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour. In collaboration with The New York Times best-selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows (Tor/Macmillan). Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013. Her sequel novel The Consequences (Kensington) came out January 28, 2014. Her YA novel Anomalies (Select Books) came out February 9, 2016. She also co-wrote the film And Then There Was Eve which is currently in pre-production and begins principal photography May 2016.
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