Tuesday, January 7, 2014

TOUR STOP AND GIVEAWAY: Luminary by Krista McGee

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18126905-luminary?ac=1Luminary (Anomaly #2) by Krista McGee
Release Date: 01/07/14
Thomas Nelson

Goodreads Summary:

She was an anomaly with a death sentence. Now she's free.

Thalli was scheduled for annihilation. She was considered an anomaly--able to experience emotions that should have been eradicated by genetic modification. The Scientists running the State couldn't allow her to bring undue chaos to their peaceful, ordered world. But seconds before her death, she is rescued.

Now Thalli is above ground in a world she thought was destroyed. A world where not even the air is safe to breathe. She and her three friends must journey across this unknown land, their destination a hidden civilization. It's their only chance of survival.

Broken and exhausted after an arduous journey, they arrive in New Hope, a town that survived the nuclear holocaust. When Thalli meets the people there--people actually "born" to "families"--her small world is blown wide open.

Soon after their arrival to New Hope, the town comes under attack. She has escaped imminent death, but now Thalli is thrust into a new fight--a fight to save her new home. Does she know enough about this world of emotions, this world of chaos, to save not only herself, but the people she has come to love?

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After reading Anomaly, I went straight for this book. I was excited beyond belief. Luminary did not disappoint. Some middle books can be rather tedious. They usually take care of all the info and set up the last book. That's been my experience, anyways. With The Hunger Games, I feel like the last book had all the info. But this isn't about The Hunger Games. Luminary is an entirely different kind of dystopian. Nevertheless, I am totally impressed. As I mentioned in my Anomaly review, I was a bit surprised when I saw all the references to God and Christianity. (Note: check out the publishing company if things like that bother you.) Personally, that didn't change my opinion of the book at all. I felt that, while it emphasizes it and certainly explains certain characters and their actions, it doesn't force religion upon you. So don't avoid it just because of the references. That's just my advice. Focus on the dystopian and sci-fi aspect of it if it makes you more comfortable.

One of my favorite things about this series is the characters. Thalli in particular. She really impressed me in this book. She had a lot of doubts in the beginning. As the book progressed, I admired her for trying to deal with that while still being herself. And I had absolutely no trouble believing that she was raised in a very different society from our own. Her voice was truly of one who had no clue of the things you and I are used to.

We see a return of John, Berk, and Rhen. Personally, I love John. Yes, he is deeply religious. That is definitely part of his charm. Even if you my be uncomfortable with religion, I think what he has to say appeals to the very base of our morals and values.
An entire cast is introduced in this book, but Alex is arguably the main one. He provides the love triangle aspect that dystopians seem to bring about. Should the girl get with the guy she's known her whole life? Or the new one who showed her something new, either about herself or the world around her?
This is the question.
I wish I had an answer.
I'll leave it at this, though: at this point, I don't mind who she chooses as long as it correlates with the person she's become. That makes sense, right? If a lifelong friendship is more important than a questionable, more recent one, then so be it. I actually kind of prefer Alex, but like I said, I could go either way.

I could not put this book down and I was so surprised when I had finished it because IT HAD AN ABSOLUTELY AWFUL CLIFFHANGER.

You have been warned. It's like Catching Fire all over again.
There was just so much going on the entire time. They're trying to find the nearest town, they're trying to bring peace to that town, the king of the other town is a murderous fiend and on and on and on. It does not stop. And once you think you know how it's going to go down, BAM. Something unexpected happens.
Talk about divine intervention. Not that it always turned out so great. I think that's ultimately what I loved about this book. Of course things went wrong. Whether you believe it's an act of God or not. Stuff goes wrong, stuff goes right.
That ending was incredible. As in, I still can't believe it. I have no idea what to expect from the next book, and I love getting that feeling. I am hooked and I can't wait until July 15th. Designer, help me to be patient.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Why: This book was amazing and exciting. I was involved in the characters and what was happening to them. I can't wait for more!

(I rarely give five stars to books in a series. I usually save it for the end.)

Recommendation: If you loved the first book, you will love this one even more. If you haven't read the first one, read it if you love dystopians. Don't let the fact that they mention a Designer scare you away. It's got all the action, adventure, drama, and romance of all those other dystopians you love.

About the Author

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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