Friday, January 10, 2014

Luminary - Blog Tour

Luminary (Anomaly #2)
Release Date: 01/07/14
Thomas Nelson

Summary from Goodreads:
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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I really enjoyed both books of this series.  They have all of the key elements of a dystopian society including a broken government, oppressive society, and regular people just trying to live through it all.  What really set this series apart from other dystopians for me were the religious undertones.  For me, the way the author wove the idea of finding religion into the story took it to the next level.  I truly appreciate the author sharing her views with us and letting us discover them as we went along with the story.  We learned about God and religion right along with Thalli, so the progression felt natural.

The characters are interesting and well developed. I loved stepping back to stop and think about what emotions, love, and a number of other societal ideas that we take for granted every day actually are. Anomoly and Luminary were a breath of fresh air for me and I loved them both!

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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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