Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY — Revolutionary by Krista McGee

Posted July 18, 2014 by Jess in Book Tour, books, Giveaway, jess, Reviews / 7 Comments


 

Today’s blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours features Revolutionary by Krista McGee.  Revolutionary is a young adult science fiction/dystopian book that was released July 15, 2014 by Thomas Nelson Publishing.  It is the third and final book in the Anomaly series.

About the Books

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Revolutionary (Anomaly #3)
by Krista McGee
Release Date: 07/15/14
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi
Dystopian, Christian Fiction

Synopsis:

All her life Thalli thought she was an anomaly. Now she must use her gifts to fulfill the role she was called to play: Revolutionary.

Back in the underground State against her will, Thalli is no longer the anomaly she was before. She has proven herself to be a powerful leader aboveground and returns with information that Dr. Loudin needs to complete his plan of uniting the world under one leader: himself.

But he, too, has information. A secret he has kept from Thalli her entire life. A secret that, once revealed, changes everything about the person Thalli thought she was.

Hoping to help Thalli rise up against the Scientists, both Berk and Alex join her underground, but their presence only brings more trouble for her. Now Dr. Loudin knows just the leverage to use on his captive, and she is forced to choose between the two of them. Is her first love her true love? Or does Alex ultimately claim her heart?

Unsure of everything around her, including her own identity, Thalli doesn’t know where to turn. She knows she needs the Designer, but he seems further away than ever. What she does know, though, is that if she doesn’t do something to stop Loudin, the fragile world aboveground will be lost once and for all.

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Luminary (Anomaly #2)
by Krista McGee
Pub: Thomas Nelson
Date: 1.7.14
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi
Dystopian, Christian Fiction

Synopsis:

She was an anomaly with a death sentence. Now she’s free.

Thalli was scheduled for annihilation. She was considered an anomaly–able to experience emotions that should have been eradicated by genetic modification. The Scientists running the State couldn’t allow her to bring undue chaos to their peaceful, ordered world.

But seconds before her death, she is rescued. Now Thalli is above ground in a world she thought was destroyed. A world where not even the air is safe to breathe.

She and her three friends must journey across this unknown land, their destination a hidden civilization. It’s their only chance of survival. Broken and exhausted after an arduous journey, they arrive in New Hope, a town that survived the nuclear holocaust.

When Thalli meets the people there–people actually “born” to “families”–her small world is blown wide open. Soon after their arrival to New Hope, the town comes under attack. She has escaped imminent death, but now Thalli is thrust into a new fight–a fight to save her new home.

Does she know enough about this world of emotions, this world of chaos, to save not only herself, but the people she has come to love?

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Anomaly (Anomaly #1)
by Krista McGee
Pub: Thomas Nelson
Date: 7.9.13
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi
Dystopian, Christian Fiction

Synopsis:

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?

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My Thoughts

I am reviewing the final book in a series, so there may be spoilers from Anomaly and Luminary. Read with caution!

Revolutionary

Ever since I finished Luminary back in January, I’ve been wanting to know how this series was going to end.  So as soon as I saw the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, I immediately jumped at the chance.  And man oh man was I right to be excited!

This story starts off almost where Luminary ends.  Thalli, Alex, and Kristi have been taken by Dr. Loudin back to the State.  She is basically back where she started in the first book.  Except now, she is starting to learn things about herself and her world she never knew.

While many of the plot choices in the beginning of this book seemed predictable, I was still really engaged and catapulted towards finding out what would happen.  Once those choices had been revealed and the stage was set so to speak, things got a bit less stable — in a word, I had no idea how things would end.

One thing I love about this series is the character development.  This book isn’t just trying to ‘sell’ you God, but it is a deep and fascinating look at the role emotions play in our world.  The ideals make you ponder as your reading what your life and world would be without their power over you.  But these characters are so smart, and I for one love that.  I love to see how far they have grown from the first book to this one.  Beyond Thalli, we see major changes in all of the teens that are together in Revolutionary.

Of course, I felt bad for Thalli.  She was learning all this stuff about her world and life and being held prisoner (and all the things that encompassed), and yet these two boys wanted her to claim her love for them. I was like, “CAN’T YOU SEE THE POOR GIRL HAS BETTER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT!?”  Of course, she was confused as most teenagers are, but had to be confused in such a tumultuous setting.

This book, more so than the others, is far more ‘preachy’.  Of course, the first book in the series has just enough to draw you in, the second opens the floor for discussion, and the final reels things in for a last ditch effort.  I didn’t mind it and was pleased to see the author combine a book that had both compelling science fiction (and dystopian) and a Christian message.  It wasn’t preaching at you, but making you think and I think readers will appreciate that.

This is one of the most compelling science fiction series I have ever read.  It’s question of the importance of logic and emotion in our world, coupled with the high octane adventure make it unputdownable.  The characters are smart, driven, and the book makes you think.  The stunning conclusion to this series left me a forever fan of Krista McGee.

Anomaly

First of all, can we just admire those covers?  They are what first drew me to this series.  I mean, you had me at space helmet. (If you don’t recall, I have sort of an obsession with space/stars book covers).

Before I review, I feel like I need to tell readers that this book series is Christian Fiction.  I feel like I have to get that out of the way, because SO many reviews on Goodreads rant about it.  Truthfully, I had no idea myself, but it didn’t impact how I felt about the book in a negative way.  In fact, I was kind of in awe of how the science-fiction and dystopian blended with the Christian messages.  Although the book paints the ‘Scientists’ in a negative light, it didn’t feel like it was outright combating science, but how power corrupts people.  But really, it talked about God in a way that wasn’t in your face.  And while it was there, it was an asset to a really great plot-line.Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about what I thought.

Anomaly, more than anything, shows us what a world without love looks likes. Have you ever read A Wrinkle in Time?  Do you remember when they went to the planet to save Meg’s father and there are all the people in neat little box houses doing exactly the same thing at the same time?  This is kind of what the people of the State reminded me of.  They were just there – doing the pre-instructed tasks. They did not ask questions. They did not feel, not really. Except Thalli.  They were bred to specifications to make a society function, but all the qualities that make us really human were missing.

Thalli has to hide what she is from everyone – an anomaly.  We realize that she is normal and it is the others who are in fact strange.  But her whole life she has been taught that different is not acceptable.  Of course, she is discovered and thus begins her path to finding out that the world is so much bigger than her little pod.

I loved Thalli.  She was smart and logical, but dealing with all these new things – like emotions she didn’t even have names for – and McGee was really able to express that internal turmoil Thalli felt.  And when she begins to realize her feelings for Berk, a childhood friend who has been bred to be a Scientist, we really see how different her society is from ours.  Berk was adorable and I was rooting for the two the entire book. Luckily, John (a father of one of the scientists who is hidden away because of his belief in God and his knowledge of life before the State) is there to open her eyes to the lies she has been taught, as well as provide support when she doesn’t understand what is happening to her.

The book was just the right pacing — we had action, mixed with periods where we learned something – and then twists just when we began to think things were going in one direction.  The prologue starts off telling you she is going to die in fifteen minutes, and yet you have no idea how things are going to get there.

That is one thing I MUST commend the author on — most of her plot twists were not predictable and added so many layers to the story.  This book made me feel connected to Thalli and I was really excited that I had the other book ready to go as soon as I finished reading — especially after the ending I never saw coming.

Overall, this was a really great start to a series that I’m excited I decided to pick up.

Luminary

Luminary starts right where we left off.  Thalli, Brek, John, and Rhen are outside and dealing with the aftermath of running from the State — and taking unrestricted things like transports, food, and shelter in order to make it out alive.  Thalli is feeling so many emotions at once — she was minutes from death, is now outside (a place she has always been told meant certain death), and is on the run from people who she knows want to kill her.  She is guilty, feeling like her companions will die because of her and she is just plain pissed.  The first few pages is full of this internal battle — she is rude, mean, angry, irritable — and yet she is telling us in her thoughts she has no idea why.  She doesn’t want to say this or act this way but she can’t stop it.  And isn’t that just how we all feel so many times in our lives?

I hated that there was so much tension with Thalli and Brek. They spent so much time apart, which frankly just made me angsty.  My head understood why it was necessary and realistic, but my heart kept shouting NO and wanting to smoosh them together to kiss like I did to my barbies as a kid.

This book felt so different from the first. The tone was different, the setting was different, and Thalli was different.  It was an adjustment as a reader just as much as it was for our protagonist to slowly begin to make sense of the world she was entering.  Where Anomaly deals with love and being different, this one was about learning to make a life in a world she never knew existed.  She is having to focus on herself – who she really is and what that means – which calls for a lot of internal struggle and growth in Thalli.

Thalli makes the brave choice to be a spy/ambassador for her new home, a settlement called New Hope and a larger town of Athens.  There is basically a David and Goliath thing happening here and people are getting hurt.  New Hope reminded me of the settlement in Ann Aguirre’s Outpost, where Athens reminded me of the kingdom in Defy. Of course, the first person Thalli meets is the charming Prince Alex.  He is smitten with her and becomes her guide while she is visiting.  The dialogue between these two is very stilted — I don’t know why, but the conversations just didn’t seem to flow as naturally as others.

Of course, there is a major plot twist shortly after she arrives in Athens. One that made me roll my eyes.  I can’t go into detail, because *spoilers* but the character’s decision is so outrageous and out of left field.  However, after I recovered, I was able to go along for the ride.  And Thalli’s reaction and responses made me proud.  She is really a great character, using her head unlike so many teenage characters!

“But I understand what he is doing. The same thing I did for years: He is repeating what he has been taught.”

This book has so many great messages and was once again engaging and enjoyable. There is the idea of how we deal when we find out that things are not what they seem.   There is the idea of power – how those who have it can become twisted and corrupted.  And how corruption comes in many ways.  There is also the idea that someone can believe in something so much, and yet it be something so different from their enemies ideas of wrong and right.  It shows how much grey comes with justice, morality, ethics, and life in general.

If I was to compare the two, I would say I loved the first book a lot more than this one.  But, overall the series is one I’ve enjoyed.  And now, I just have to deal with waiting to know what happens next.

About the Author

Krista2 Krista writes for teens, teaches teens, and more often than not, acts like a teen. She and her family have lived and ministered in Texas, Costa Rica, and Spain. Her current hometown is Tampa, FL.

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7 responses to “Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY — Revolutionary by Krista McGee

  1. Linda romer

    This series of books sound so interesting. I know I will fall in love with this series. I would love to read them.

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