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?
This was a captivating novel of a future world. Many books have been written on the topic, both fiction and nonfiction, but this one was unique to me. I read it straight through, not wanting to put the book down at any time. The author was very descriptive of the environment that the characters were living in and throughout the book there was this twist, where the reader is not sure if the character is in an actual reality or a setting in virtual reality. In reading this book, you become a part of Thalli’s world. To me that is a test of a wonderful book. If I can read it and feel as if I am a part of the character’s environment or world, then I know it is a well written book. Books of the future interest me and though this one was different, it was not so bizarre that it did not seem believable. I like the way that the author introduced the Christian concepts and the role they played throughout the book. In the book there is a virtual reality called “Progress” and as the book went on, I got the impression that Progress was perhaps Heaven and the afterlife. I would be extremely interested if any one else reads this book, if you get the same impression. That is never said or implied in the book, but it was just a sense as I read it. I strongly urge you to read this book and I hope that you like it as much as I.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for review from Booksneeze.com. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own. This book will be released on July 9, 2013.