Thursday, January 19, 2017

*'Nothing is as it seems.' Dystopian Review!*
"Anomalies" by Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman!

 Book Tour

Hiya guys, happy Thursday!

DRR has an awesome book to share with you today! It's only a little less than a year old, but seems to be making a splash so far! It's got just about everything a book lover needs - dystopian future with details, sci-fi elements, paranormal fantasy, and twists of steampunk funk for color!

Personally, I had a lot of fun with this book. Part of it could be the fact it was my first audio-book of this kind (the masterpiece theatre version of the entire Narnia series doesn't really count...that's an epic beast all on it's own). I thoroughly enjoyed the experience though, and hope to get more into audio-books in the future, thanks to this review opportunity.

Anywho, back to the story that started all that - Anomalies! Presented by a couple of gals who write for Hollywood and the grand stage (the theater), this book is sure to entertain you. See what you think, and be sure to let me know if this is going on your reading list, in the comments below! =D

~Released: February 9th, 2016

~Length: 336 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal, Steampunk

In the future there is no disease. There is no war. There is no discontent. All citizens are complacent members of the Global Governance. But one summer is about to change everything.

Keeva Tee just turned fifteen. All of her dreams are about to come true. She’s about to make the trip to Monarch Camp to be imprinted with her intended life partner. One day they’ll have perfect kids and a perfect life. But in her happy, carefree life in the Ocean Community, something weighs on her mind. She hears whispers about “anomalies”—citizens who can’t be imprinted. No one knows what happens to them, but they never seem to come back.

When Keeva arrives at Monarch Camp, her worst nightmare becomes a reality—she is an anomaly. After they are imprinted, the people she loves begin to change, and she starts to doubt everything she’s ever believed. What if freedom and individuality have been sacrificed for security? And what if the man who solves all the problems is the very man who’s created them—and what if he isn't a man at all?

When Keeva finds a warning carved under a bunk bed she begins to understand: Nonconformity will be punished, dissent is not an option, insurgents will be destroyed.

 Sadie Turner

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
An internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays, Colette was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild. Her hit musical Serial 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.

Gotta love those cliffhangers.

This novel is definitely interesting, even if it's not the most original. The characters are all unique, and while the names took a few chapters to get straight, the originality of each one was refreshing. The authors placed great attention and detail on character development, and each character introduced grew quite a bit during the course of the story - even the random side characters.

I think reading this book would have been easier (especially in keeping the names straight), and I think I would have gone through it much quicker. As it is, I experienced this story via audio-book, and it took me two days to finish it. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I think this would have been a fairly quick read otherwise.

As far as the audio-book version goes, I enjoyed the narration quite a bit. Lucinda Clare did a wonderful job, and I was able to rely on her changes in tone and depiction for character reference. This is the first audio-book of this style I've listened to, and I wasn't disappointed.

Overall, this novel was interesting. The only thing that did get somewhat annoying, was the author's tendency to repeat details a bit too much. Some aspects were explained, in detail, several times, which made it feel like beating a dead horse. Had this been a novel with pages, I could have skipped those sections though, and I think the audio-book version forcing me to endure each one made it more of an annoyance than it would be otherwise.

That really is my only complaint though, and it wasn't bad enough to take away from the story much. I enjoyed the introduction to this dystopian world, and am looking forward to seeing what happens next.

*I received a complimentary audio-book copy of this novel, from the authors, to listen to in exchange for an honest review.

Does this book sound like something you'd enjoy? Do you enjoy books with elements of Steampunk? Let me know in the comments below!

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