About the Authors
Sadie Turner is a Los Angeles-based producer and writer originally from Brighton, England, who works in business development with several Hollywood entrepreneurs. She has various projects in development, and also teaches yoga.
Colette Freedman is an internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays, Colette was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild. Her hit musicalSerial Killer Barbie can be heard here. Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, fifteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur), Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and Australia. It is next up in Chicago August 2016. She wrote the film which is currently in post-production and stars Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jess Weixler, Stana Katic, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amy Smart, Troian Bellisario, Tom Everett Scott and Kathy Baker. She has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour. In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows (Tor/Macmillan). Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013. Her sequel novel The Consequences(Kensington) came out January 28, 2014. Her YA novel Anomalies (Select Books) came out February 9, 2016. She also co-wrote the film And Then There Was Eve which is currently in pre-production and begins principal photography May 2016.
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Review by Suze
Keeva lives in a world where there's peace. People are content and obedient. There are no diseases and advanced technology is what keeps the water clean and the people carefree. All of that has been made possible by Sobek's technology. There are several different communities where they can do the work that suits them. Keeva lives in the Ocean Community. She loves it there and at fifteen she's ready for the rest of her life to begin. She and her friends will go to Monarch Camp where they will be reunited with their life partner. Imprinting is the most important event in people's lives, it means a perfect relationship with the ideal partner.
For Keeva things don't go according to plan though. The beautiful blue eyed boy who's supposed to be hers isn't at the camp. Together with two other girls and four boys she is an Anomaly and she won't be imprinted with someone. She notices her friends change straight after the process and all of a sudden she's completely alone. What's supposed to become of her now that she can't be like everyone else and what happened to her friends who have completely lost their personalities and their ability to think rationally? Sobek rules the world and he's training his son Calix to be his successor. Is he really the person who brought tranquility to the world or is he actually calculating and power hungry?
Anomalies is absolutely fantastic. If you like Science Fiction and Dystopia you will love this book. It's a mix of a completely new society in the future and fascinating life forms. It's a combination that works. I was amazed by the completeness of the descriptions and could easily picture Keeva and Calix's worlds. It's obvious that the authors are creative and intelligent. They've thought through every action and all possibilities. That makes the story a lot of fun to read.
Anomalies is a gripping story and it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. It was interesting to see what would happen to Keeva, to find out why she's an Anomaly and what her plans are for the rest of her life. She makes allies, leaves her safe world behind and becomes a badass heroine. I enjoyed reading about that process. There are also plenty of good secrets to be revealed, which made me curious and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
Anomalies is being told from two points of view, Keeva's and Calix's. It's a great combination, because it gives insight in both the way society works and the way it's being ruled. It's a compelling idea which is executed very well and I loved the world building. The writing is excellent and the story is a thrilling roller coaster from beginning to end. I can't wait to read the next book. I'm curious to see how the story will continue. I highly recommend this book, it's high on my favorites list of the genre.
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