“I do not doubt the Scientist’s desire to protect us, and that they want to keep us from returning to the type of people who existed before the Nuclear War. But I sometimes wonder if they took away too much. If there is more. We are, after all, made from these people. We are not a new species. Their DNA runs through us, makes us who we are. They cannot have all been terrible.”
Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.
Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world was decimated by a nuclear war. But life continued deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. There they created genetically engineered human beings who are free of emotions in the hope that war won’t threaten the world again.
Thalli is an anomaly, born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far by hiding her differences. But then her secret is discovered when she’s overwhelmed by the emotion of an ancient piece of music.
The Ten quickly schedule her annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk – a scientist being groomed by The Ten – convinces them to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the Scientists’ Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance.
As her life ticks a way, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer – someone even more powerful than The Ten. What’s more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she’s been looking for all along.
Thalli must sort out what to believe and who to trust, before her time runs out.
One of my favorite reads is The Giver because it’s such a reminder of how beauty, feeling & natural wonder can so profoundly change a person. How it makes the heart alive and our hearts are empty without it.
The emotions stirred by music, love, natural beauty…it came alive through the pages as Thalli discovered, searched and came to figure out what life was truly about. I love Krista McGee’s writing, it’s so beautiful.
And for the love of kittens and crumb cakes, I did not expect that last chapter at all! Internet, it’s a series…a series!! Here I thought it was a stand alone novel, but nope. So not only did it switch things up at the end, I was also wondering just what the hey was going to happen next. I can’t handle this people. I can’t. Now I have to wait a whole year for it to continue. Boo!
While this was a step away from her normal genre, I’m so so so glad McGee decided to expand her horizons!!! There’s quite a few dystopian options out there, but I definitely recommend this one.
Any other new fans out there?? If you haven’t read this yet, then please go ahead and remedy that.