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?
My brain power is lacking, plus I have little to say about this book, so bullet points it is!
- Christian book - very obvious that the Ten Scientists were the bad guys and Christianity had to make its way back into this futuristic world
- Had such a great premise but the lack of action made it seem very slow
- More an individual search of identity and purpose than dystopian thriller, which was disappointing.
- Thalli appeared quite weak, although she did have her moments when she stood up against the man trying to drill a hole in her head. But she was always so scared of being found out as an "anomaly", or that the Designer wasn't answering her, or whatever it was that made her whine a lot. It wasn't that I didn't like her, I was just mostly indifferent towards her.
- Wasn't very well written, there were some pacing problems and the lack of any action made it quite boring.
- Glad I stuck with it, but not the best book for me personally.
Published 9th July 2013 by Thomas Nelson Publishers.