Book Review: Anomalies by Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman

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Title: Anomalies
Author: Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman
Pages: 336
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: 09 February 2016

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."

Anomalies captured my attention from the moment I saw the name. The cover and the blurb only made me want to read this book even more and I am so happy I got the opportunity to read it. It has a very interesting plot, strong characters, and has such great writing that I had a hard time putting it down. When I finally got to the end, I was prepared for so much more reading and I am eagerly awaiting a sequel! Like, I could use it now.

"Even though he is surrounded, Sobek Vesely stands out in his small crowd. He is a head taller than his bodyguards and is unafraid to smile. As he bobs his head up and down, acknowledging everyone, it doesn’t take me long to realize that the smile is a lie."

There was a war that destroyed almost the entire world called the Great Technology War. Several countries tried to destroy each other and it lead to the melting of the ice caps in the North Pole, which caused South America, Europe, and Antarctica to sink. The only remaining countries were Asia, Australia, and Canada/United States with only 11 of the original states. After the war, people began to get sick and all of the water sources were polluted with toxins. Along comes Sobek Vessely, and he helps to save the world from extinction. Sobek has created a technology to help the remaining countries survive, but will only agreed to integrate his tech into the world if he was appointed the world leader. This technology was called the Third, which is a small diamond that is implanted in the center of the forehead used to monitor and track citizens all over the world. 

Definitely doesn't sound like anything bad is going on with these Third devices, huh?

Once Sobek took over, he implemented the Intended system, along with communities and Monarch Camp. Camp starts when you're 5 years old and you meet your future intended partner. When you turn 15, you return to camp to reunite with your Intended and receive a butterfly tattoo in the colour of your future community. There are six communities: Labour, Agriculture, Ecosystem, Renewable Energy, Ocean, and Academic. There is also a separate group called Protectors, which are an elite group of people hand chosen by Sobek. Once Keeva's friends become reunited with their intended, they begin to change. They become complacent and act nothing like they used to, spending all of their time with and talking about their intended.

I'd like to leave it there, as I feel like going farther into detail will give away far too much about this amazing book.

"And, remembering how much Blue and I had laughed when we illegally painted our nails, I want to celebrate the uniqueness. I cannot understand why people should be defined by one color when there is a rainbow of possibilities."

The only potential "downside" to this is that there are multiple points of view, but it doesn't take anything away from the book. I really enjoyed getting to read two different sides of the story, although I enjoyed Keeva's side much more. The character development of Keeva was so much fun to read about. She went from wanting to conform and be the same to being okay with feeling different and wanting to stop Sobek from controlling the world. She is without a doubt my favourite character with Zilli being my second.

I had such a hard time putting this book down that even when I got to the very end, I wasn't ready to let go. I am so eager to get a sequel because I need to know what happens to Keeva and the world and how Sobek plans to retaliate and I just have so many questions that need answering! It didn't take me long to fall in love with the characters and the world and I really can't wait until the next book comes out!

Never mind the fact that this book has just recently come out and I will have to be patient until the sequel is released.

If you enjoy sci-fi dystopian books with strong characters and beautiful world building, then please check out Anomalies. I can honestly say that I enjoyed this book from start to finish and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new book to read!

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About the Authors:

SADIE TURNER is a Los Angeles-based producer and writer originally from Brighton, England, who works in business development with several Hollywood entrepreneurs. She has various projects in development, and also teaches yoga.

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COLETTE FREEDMAN is an internationally produced playwright, screenwriter, and novelist who was recently named one of the Dramatist Guild’s “50 to Watch”. Her play Sister Cities (NYTE, 2009) was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur) and Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle). She has authored fifteen produced plays including Serial Killer Barbie (Brooklyn Publishers, 2004), First to the Egg (Grand prize shorts urban shorts festival), Bridesmaid # 3 (Louisville finalist 2008), and Ellipses... (Dezart Festival winner 2010), as well as a modern adaptation of Iphigenia in Aulis written in iambic pentameter. She was commissioned to write a modern adaptation of Uncle Vanya which isin preproduction and has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for National Tour. In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she has just sold the thriller The Thirteen Hallows, to Tor/Macmillan, which comes out Dec 6, 2011. She has just sold the novel The Affair to Kensington and is getting ready to shop her YA series The A+ Girls.

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