About the Book: Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.
Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world ended in a nuclear war. But life went on deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. Since then, they have genetically engineered humans to be free from emotions in the hopes that war won’t threaten their lives again.
But Thalli was born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far thanks to her ability to hide those differences. But Thalli’s secret is discovered when she is overwhelmed by the emotion in an ancient piece of music.
She is quickly scheduled for annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk, convinces The Ten to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the scientists’ Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance in the pods.
As her life ticks away, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer—someone even more powerful than The Ten. What’s more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she’s been looking for all along.
Thalli must sort out what to believe and who she can trust, before her time runs out…
Normally, I don’t get excited about young adult novels or dystopian novels but Krista McGee has changed all that. I read this book in about a half a day, even with my children, this book is really that much fun to read. The first couple chapters were a bit slow moving BUT I stuck with it and I’m so glad I did because WOW! Thalli and the others in her pod don’t have parents, no moms or dads, because well – that was is primitive so the Scientists have devised a way to grow DNA into children and then once they’ve lived their years, are annihilated. No emotions – that includes love and anything to do with religion – are allowed.
There are several twists in the book that I really, truly didn’t see coming – this was not a predictable book at all. Thalli is an anomaly. Without giving away the whole book, I loved how she questioned ideas that the Scientists put forth and when she is locked away from her pod, she meets John – a primitive man and dad of one of the Scientists. John is a Christian and he talks to Thalli about his beliefs and his faith and about love – Thalli eventually begins to pray and shares her belief with others. I love this part – her coming to a faith that has been banned. Maybe for some it would seem to happen to fast, but since Thalli has always felt emotions I thought it happened quite timely.
Once I finished it I started yelling, no, because I’m left with waiting until January for the next book to come out. I promptly handed the book to my 11 year old daughter to read and she finished it in 1/2 day as well and like me, her reaction was I can’t wait. Finally, a book that I felt safe handing my daughter and telling her to read it – I will say there was a bit of hand holding and a chaste kiss – but no where near what other YA novels have today. I can’t wait to read the next book with my daughter!
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