Luminary by Krista McGee

Luminary by Krista McGee

Release Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Series: Anomaly, Book 2
Rated: YA 13+
Format: eGalley
Source: NetGalley
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Read my review of Anomaly HERE

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?

While I did have some issues with the first book, Anomaly, there was no denying that there was a really great story that would carry on in the next two books. I enjoyed Luminary a lot more! While of course, the novel being Christian fiction, there wasn’t going to be a reduction of the amount of religious material in the text, it didn’t really hinder the plot for me. Overall, I thought the book flowed more than the first and had more of a story as well.

My wish came true! Definitely more character development was here concerning Thalli’s character. I also liked that we got to know more about Rhen’s character as well. There are a whole bunch of new characters, and I liked their involvement as well. It was really cool seeing how our four characters from the state interacted with the people who live aboveground. There is a love triangle that forms in this book, and I will admit: it’s really difficult to pick between the two of the guys. Berk I loved from the first book, but the new guy really poses a threat. Can’t wait to pick up the next book to find out who she’ll choose in the end.

While there’s still a lack of PDA in this book, with EITHER of the guys, there’s a lot more violence that there was in the first. The plot was definitely heavier and much darker, so this was an interesting twist of events compared to the first book. Just when you think the end is near, something comes along and shakes up the whole story. It leaves a clear idea of what’s going to happen in the final book, and I can’t wait to uncover more secrets and discover new ones.

Luminary was a thrilling follow-up to it’s predecessor and captivated me from start to finish. I’m hungry for the next book and long to know what’s going down in the trilogy’s finale.

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