Series: Anomalies, book 1
Genre: Dystopia, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 338 pages, Ebook
Published: February 1st 2016 by SelectBooks
Source: I received a digital copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
I am starting to have a thing for… oh wait that would just give out majority of the plot if I say it. Anyway this was a refreshing read and I loved how everything was executed. Oh and that cover is sooo beautiful!
In the futuristic world, after the Great War which has managed to wipe more than half of the world’s population, the world has been divided into six communities. Keeva belongs to the ocean community. Whenever a child turns fifteen, they have to go to the Monarch Camp where they meet their intended who was paired with them when they were 5 years old. This was done to ensure the peace and regulation of the population were maintained so that nothing disastrous like the past happens again. Keeva is very excited to go but there her worst nightmare comes true- she is an anomaly, i.e. she has no partner to imprint with. Soon she begins to realise that everyone who are already imprinted have started to act differently. After an accident occurs and she is forced to flee, she discovers the truth about everything going on. Will she accept everything or will she succumb to forces who are coming to get her?
I loved the storyline. It was pretty unique and refreshing. Keeva had always loved her life in the ocean community and she is more than thrilled when her time comes to go to the Monarch Camp to be imprinted with her intended partner. But everything comes crashing down when she learns she is an anomaly. I liked the concept of the anomalies and the third eye. It was pretty interesting to read about. Keeva’s two best friends changed overnight after getting imprinted and that’s when she realises something is wrong. But she doesn’t do much to figure out what’s wrong although she starts doubting everything. I also liked the underground revolutionary group where Keeva finally reaches after the accident happens.
Keeva as an individual was a good protagonist. I would have liked her more if she was a bit more curious about things and keen on learning the truth no matter how much shocking it was. I liked Kai more when he was in the Monarch Camp with Keeva rather than in the revolutionary base. He was more open and friendly there, but in the revolutionary base he was a bit closed off and I don’t know…. distant. Keeva clearly liked him but he never reciprocated. I really wish this book had some kind of romance but unfortunately it didn’t. I reeeeally hope the next book does. All the other characters were pretty interesting as well and I would love to know more about Taj. There was also another interesting aspect but I guessed that plot twist but I loved how it was handled.
Overall, Anomalies was an interesting read. The plot kept me glued to the screen from the very first chapter and the characters kept me on my toes as well. The writing was beautiful and smooth and it was fast paced. I’m definitely interested in knowing what happens next, especially after the way it ended in a cliffhanger!
So guys have you read Anomalies yet? If yes, then what did you think about it? And if no, then do you want to? Share your thoughts with me!