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by Krista McGee
Release Date: 07/09/13
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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 very different book than what I have read in a while. It is set in the future, after the world has been destroyed by Nuclear Weaponry. Our story takes place in "The State", more or less a bomb shelter that is shut off from the outside and trying to keep human kind alive. As you read, yes human kind was preserved, but everything that makes us humane is taken from us. The people who are living in this place know nothing of love, feelings, or anything but having a set purpose. It kind of reminds me of the movie, The Island, in the way the people live. 

I did not find this to be a bad or boring book by any means. I thought it was a little depressing, as nothing seems to go well for our MC. You can not help but feel sorry for the residents of this new society. 

I ended up liking our MC, Thallie, a lot. She has the qualities of humanity, and because of her will to hold on to them, her life is in danger. She is brave and daring. She just wants to be herself and to be free and no one can blame her for that. 

There is a character who talks about the Ultimate Designer. The scientists, with creating The State, have taken a higher belief completely out of the new way of life. I felt like it was a tad "preachy" at times and didn't fit the story. However, I could also see it as a way of pointing out that humans by nature want to believe in something more. Something to give us faith and hope in life. I like to read a book with christian values from time to time for my own faith, but with this book I felt like it was forced into the story line instead of flowing with the course of it.

I would read the next in the series to find out what happens. I think it will be very interesting to read more about this world that has been painted for us. I gave it a 3.5 because where I did not hate the book, I am not dying to get my hands on the next one. But it's an interesting new dystopian series!

Krista McGee’s passion to see teens excited about serving God is a driving force behind her novels. Ever since college when she spent a summer working at a youth camp, McGee knew she wanted to invest in teenagers. Since then she’s been involved in a variety of youth ministries and currently teaches at a Christian school in Tampa, FL.

McGee broke into the writing world during her time in Spain. A friend encouraged her to submit an article to a Christian girls’ magazine, and it got published. Once her family moved back to Tampa, she got the idea for her first novel, First Date, a modern take of the story of Esther. Her subsequent books, Starring Me and Right Where I Belong, are based on Rebekah and Ruth.

When Krista McGee isn’t living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher and coffee snob.

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