Book Review: Anomaly by Krista McGee

Anomaly by Krista McGee

Anomaly by Krista McGee

Rating: 3/5

Working within the confines of traditional post-apocalyptic YA fiction, McGee manages to find God. Anomaly tells the story of Thalli a member of Pod C. Most of her pod follows orders and does their assigned jobs without questions but Thalli is different. She questions pod life and its usefulness. This makes her dangerous to The Ten, the ruling body. Anomalies are destroyed to keep the peace. Anomaly follows Thalli’s journey as she slowly learns what The Ten has kept hidden.

I’ve never been one for so-called “Christian fiction.” Most of it is either too overtly preachy or too far-fetched. This was neither. McGee has managed to create a book that appeals to teens while still inspiring a more Godly life.

 

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
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Book Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Rating: 4/5

Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)

Though this book has been around since 1985, its movie adaptation comes out later this year. Since I usually want to read the book before seeing the movie, I thought this was the perfect time to pick up a copy of the Hugo Award title.

In many ways Ender’s Game is a precursor to Hunger Games, Divergent and Matched. Centering on a future where a catastrophic event has changed the “course of human history,” Ender’s Game follows a young boy who has more than he can handle thrust upon his shoulders. That’s where the similarities end. In Ender’s world, the catastrophic event is an alien invasion; the children are training not for sport or recreation but for battle with the “buggers.”

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Book Review: Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

Rating: 3/5

Wonder Show

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Circus’s are a recent trend in literature and it’s easy to see why. They captivate the imagination and allow you to step into another world, all while keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground. But there’s also a dark side of circus life. Those same “freaks” who are on display have no other way to make a living and have been shunned by society. The nomadic lifestyle makes it difficult to raise a family or have a normal life. Barnaby explores these themes in Wonder Show.

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Sarah Dessen Book Tour

I’ve been a Sarah Dessen fan for most of my reading life. Sure, I loved running through Avonlea with Anne and frolicking in Mary Lennox’s secret garden but the real fun came when I discovered the town of Colby. Dessen’s fictional town is filled with lovable characters you wish were real — and now that I live in Chapel Hill, they are!

At the reading Dessen talked about how most of Colby is based on sights around Chapel Hill, just renamed. She let us know that she’d originally tried writing books set in the real Chapel Hill but her writing workshop quibbled over her sense of geography saying, “It takes longer to get from Southern Season to UNC!” or “There’s not a gas station on that part of US-15.” Good tip to file away for future novel writing adventures!

The audience was a mix of teenagers, who’d been enchanted with Dessen’s latest offering What Happened to Goodbye, and those of us who grew up with Hailey, Colie, and Haven. To me this speaks to her ability to write books that stand up even after the home lines mentioned in them have long gone —

I went back and reread Keeping the Moon this week and found it every bit as lovely as I did 13 years ago.