Thursday, April 21, 2016

Book Shelf: Anomalies by Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman

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.

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Anomalies by authors Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman is a delightfully fast paced and well plotted sci-fi tale that is sure to draw readers into its dystopian world with its strong heroine, likable characters and engaging storyline.

Imagine a world where there is no war. No disease. Where people exist in perfect harmony with each other and everyone is happy with their place in life. Well, this world is a reality for fifteen year old Keeva Tee. Years before, nuclear fallout from the Great Technology War saw a man by the name of Sobek Vesely come forth with technology that would forever change the world. Implanted with this technology, people now attend camps at the age of fifteen to be imprinted with their perfect partner. However when Keeva attends the camp her world is shattered when she is deemed an anomaly; someone who can’t be imprinted. Keeva has heard whispers about anomalies and knows that being one means her carefree life and planned future will never be the same. Beginning to notice changes in those she loves after they have been imprinted, Keeva begins to suspect that nothing is as it seems, but nothing could have prepared her for the secrets she learns about her worlds leader, her people and most importantly…….herself.

Have finished Anomalies I have to say that I was impressed. Writing together seems effortless for authors Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman who have constructed a very intriguing sci-fi world. Anomalies is well constructed and paced and easily draws you into the story. Main character Keeva is likable and genuine and someone easy to get behind. The story develops well with Turner and Freedman incorporating plenty of twists to keep you entertained, even if there were a couple I totally saw coming.

Dystopian in a sense, but more sci-fi than anything, Anomalies sets a great base for future books. Keeva’s world is nothing like she thinks it is and I very much enjoyed joining her as she discovered the truth. The difference factions and groups are great to learn about and Sobek Vesely a very tangible villain. Learning of his true heritage and his plans for the world was exciting and I felt Turner and Freedman wove some great developments into the story.

Keeva is supported by a great cast of characters including some fellow anomalies who prove to be great friends to Keeva and supporters of the Underground Resistance. I’d hate to give anything away, but I thought Keeva and her possible love interest had an endearing friendship I would love to see develop into something more.

Well detailed and paced, Anomalies is perfect for fans of Divergent by Veronica Roth and Disruption by Jessica Shirvington. Anomalies with draw you in and hold your attention until the final page. Be prepared to become invested in the characters and story and find yourself begging for more after a bit of a cliffhanger ending!

Source: Sent for review by the authors and YA Bound Book Tours (Thanks ladies!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes
My Recommendation: For fans of sci-fi and dystopian
Cover: This cover's really pretty!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes. Can't wait for more!

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