Friday, July 18, 2014

Revolutionary Blog Tour!! Review + Giveaway!!

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Title: Revolutionary
Series: Anomaly #3
Author: Krista McGee
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
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All her life Thalli thought she was an anomaly. Now she must use her gifts to fulfill the role she was called to play: Revolutionary.

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.

I have had Anomaly sitting on my e-reader for a while without ever creaking it open. When the blog tour for Revolutionary showed up I thought this was a great opportunity to whip out that old copy of the first book and read the whole series in one swift go! I had no idea what I was getting myself into, it was three straight days of “Go away! I have to finish this series!” Nothing got done around my house and I am still catching up on laundry but it was TOTALLY WORTH IT! Revolutionary was a marvelous ending to this electrifying series!
Since I got to read all three books straight through, I felt like I really go to watch the evolution of the protagonist, Thalli. She really blooms throughout the series leading up the conclusion of the series. She learns to trust, love and most of all have faith. Her growth through her struggles made her that much more believable and made for some really great reading. Thalli is the kind of character you can’t help but get behind, her struggle is real and difficult and the writing allows the reader to go through every emotion and difficult decision with Thalli.
I read through some of the reviews of the first book before I started reading it and there were a lot of negative comments just because the series has a religious basis. Thalli’s journey is propelled by her faith and belief in “The Designer”. A lot of readers didn’t like that the author chose to add religion to her story but I felt like it really added to the story over all. In a world where people are taught to use logic and not to have or show feelings, I think it makes perfect sense that Thalli and her friends would need something/someone to believe in order to push against what they have been taught is abnormal. I think is logical to think that people who only use their brains would forgot how powerful faith can be. I actually like that the author chose to have the characters believe in The Designer as not to associate the story with any particular real-world religion.
Thalli is involved with a lot of wonderful characters. Alex and Berk, probably heading up the group. I enjoyed the love triangle between Thalli and the boys but I also appreciated that Thalli understood how important her end goal was and that her love life was not the highest priority. It was refreshing to read a story with a teenager who could see the bigger picture, not that love in not important but sometimes it has to take a second seat.
Revolutionary does not let up on the action from the first two books in the series. The whole story kept me on the edge. The action was electrifying! There were some wonderfully unexpected twist and turns throughout this book. Although I knew how I wanted things to end, I was never really sure exactly where the story was ultimately headed. There were times I was rereading passages because I didn’t believe what I just read. I loved that! There is nothing worse than figuring out the ending half-way through the series.
The world that Krista McGee was able to create is incredible. I have a clear picture of New Hope, Athens and the State. In every place Thalli was, I was right there with her. The creativity and detail kept me completely engaged in this story!
This was just a phenomenal end to a marvelous series! If you love deeply rich dystopian worlds, you will love Revolutionary and the rest of the Anomaly series!  Krista McGee has written a wonderful story full of action, love, logic and faith.  

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Krista writes for teens, teaches teens, and more often than not, acts like a teen. She and her family have lived and ministered in Texas, Costa Rica, and Spain. Her current hometown is Tampa, FL.
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