Author: Krista McGee
My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, some minor violence)
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.
***This review may contain spoilers for books #1 & 2 in this series. Check out my review of Anomaly and Luminary HERE.***
Revolutionary is the exciting and sometimes heart-wrenching conclusion to the Anomaly trilogy! This book picked up pretty much where the last one left off. Thalli is back in The State, having been taken (along with Alex and Kristie) by Dr. Loudin. Dr. Loudin wants to use Kristie to fix the oxygen problem in The State, and he wants to use Thalli and Alex to help him take over all of the pockets of survivors aboveground. Meanwhile, Thalli is still unsure about her feelings for Alex (who proposed to her in book #2) and Berk – and things get even more complicated when Berk is brought back to the State as well. But as Dr. Loudin’s plans get more and more outrageous, Thalli doesn’t have time to worry about her love life – not when the fate of the whole world hangs in the balance!
- The Designer. In this book, Thalli really started to question her faith in the Designer. Intellectually, she knew that he was there, but she didn’t feel his presence – and he certainly didn’t seem to be helping her as far as she could tell. She started to have some serious doubts. I loved this because it is so true to life. Who hasn’t questioned their faith at times or felt like God was far away? Of course, the Designer didn’t really abandon Thalli, but she has to see that and come to understand that for herself.
- Identity crisis. There were a few revelations regarding certain people’s identities that were very interesting and added a lot to the story. I don’t want to give any details away, but suffice it to say that these revelations had a big impact!
- High stakes. It felt like there were tons of twists and turns in this book. Every time Thalli and the gang would come up with a strategy to thwart Dr. Loudin, something would happen that would throw all of their plans in turmoil. I never knew how they were going to get out of their circumstances – right up until almost the very end! Plus, the danger was real – not everyone made it out of the State alive!! (Expect some tears.)
- Boy troubles. When it came to the love triangle, I got a bit frustrated with Thalli at times. It actually felt like Thalli made her choice pretty early on in the book (and I was very happy with her choice), but then she still kept sort of wavering. Plus, even after she had basically made a decision, she never actually TOLD either guy what she felt or what she’d decided. In the end, the decision was kind of made for her anyway (I won’t give away how), and I felt like it was a bit of disservice to both Alex and Berk that she refused to actually choose and commit to her decision. Still, this triangle, in general, was handled relatively well and certainly didn’t spoil the book. After all, there was a lot going on that was more important than Thalli’s love life – and she didn’t lose sight of that!
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