by Krista McGee
Paperback, 312 pages
Expected publication: July 9th 2013
by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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.
Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things. She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong—and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community’s assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.
Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.
The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?
Eliana McGee Interviews Dr. Loudin
Eliana McGee (EM), Krista’s 12-year-old daughter, interviews Dr. Loudin (DL) – the head Scientist from Anomaly
EM: So mom tells me you’re the bad guy.
DL: Your mother is, unfortunately, from a sad period in human history in which “bad” and “good” were simplified monikers allowing mankind to justify behaviors that were detrimental to all.
EM: I seriously have no idea what you just said. I got the words “mother” and “sad.” I’m going to give her the words “daughter” and “sad.” Emma got to interview Berk – the cute guy. Thomas got Thalli – the main character. I get stuck with you. Typical. I am the middle child after all.
DL: In the State, we do not have “middle children.”
EM: Really? What’s it like, China, and parents only have one kid each?
DL: No, I do not mimic primitive man’s procreation in any way.
EM: Apparently, you don’t speak English, either.
DL: Our children are created at the same time. Everyone in a pod is created together, so there are no older children living with younger children.
EM: So I’d be around 12-year-olds all day long, everyday?
EM: That might be kind of cool. Like living with my classmates…no, wait. I wouldn’t like that. Some of the kids in my class are…well, Mom doesn’t like me to say anything mean. So I’ll just stop talking now.
DL: Our generations do not have the weaknesses of character that your society possesses. They are designed to live together harmoniously.
EM: They don’t fight?
DL: Not when the brightest geneticists on the planet have manipulated the DNA in every individual to ensure they conform to our standards.
EM: For real, dude. I am 12. Twa-elve. I have no clue what you’re saying.
DL: Everyone in the State does exactly what they’re told. They do not argue, they do not question authority, they do not allow their emotions to control their judgment. Is that simple enough for you?
EM: No. Can you draw a picture for me?
DL: We don’t tolerate sarcasm, either.
EM: I cannot believe Mom made me interview this guy. She owes me a super-sized smoothie for this one. Fine. Everyone does just what you say and they never get upset. Great world.
DL: It is. Much better than this one, with all the fighting and problems and discord.
EM: Wait a minute. You said everyone does just what you say?
DL: No I didn’t.
EM: Yes you did. I said it and you agreed
DL: No, I didn’t. I agreed with your statement that it is a great world.
EM: Because Thalli does argue and question authority and gets overwhelmed by her emotions.
DL: Unfortunately, yes. Thalli is an anomaly.
EM: That must make you mad, huh?
DL: No. Every experiment has a percentage of failures. That’s science.
EM: So the people there in your State are science experiments?
DL: That is a very simplistic way of saying it, but yes.
EM: And if an experiment goes bad…?
DL: It is discontinued.
DL: Yes, as in –
EM: I know what it means, you freak. Forget it. This interview is over.
DL: I have much more I could tell you -
EM: Sorry, dude, but Mom says never to talk to strangers, and they don’t come any stranger than you! I’m out….
5 print copies of Anomaly, US only.