Saturday, January 11, 2014

Luminary by Krista McGee

About the Book
Thalli thought escaping to the surface would mean freedom. But is she any less of an anomaly aboveground?
After escaping an underground annihilation chamber, Thalli, Berk, Rhen, and John find themselves fleeing across the former United States, aboveground for the first time. As the defectors cross the for gotten landscape, the three youths see things the y had only read about on screens: horses, rain, real books—and a colony of unsanctioned survivors living the ancient way in a town called New Hope.
When the citizens of New Hope reveal the truth of what happened years ago, Thalli is left unsettled and skeptical of everything she’s ever been told. Can she trust anything from the State, including her own feelings for Berk? When she volunteers for a peace mission to New Hope’s violent neighbor, Athens, her confusion mounts as the supposedly ruthless Prince Ale x turns out to be kind and charming. Although everyone in New Hope warned her not to, she can’t help but fall for him.
Meanwhile, John’s unwavering faith in the goodness of the Designer begins to make its mark on Thalli’s heart. But can Thalli really come to trust in a generous, protective Designer who rules over all things? Would that not be setting herself up for another betrayal?

The time for her to decide is now . . . because the State is closing in.

My Thoughts
A brilliant sequel! I will admit during the first half of this book I wasn't as impressed as I was with Anomaly but the second half was totally awesome and help make sense of some of the first half too.  Thalli was a bit too negative at the beginning which was a little annoying though at the same time I could see her point of view and how her fear was making her act like she was. And she did get better as the book went on and she learned to trust in the Designer (God). I liked Berk again though we didn't get to see a whole lot of him in this book. And John was once again pretty awesome. I loved watching him get to experience things he once loved and hadn't seen, tasted, touched, smelt, or felt in decades! The new characters were great too from the funny Dallas to the kind Helen, and Alex who you can't quite figure out! The author did a fabulous job of keeping you just as in the dark as Thalli so that I was often surprised by what happened. All in all this was a great second book that left me anxious for Revolutionary!

Meet the Author
When Krista McGee isn't living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she lives in Tampa and spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher, and coffee snob. She is also the author of Anomaly, First Date, Starring Me, and Right Where I Belong. Twitter: @KristaMcGeeYA Facebook: krista.a.mcgee

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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