• by Sadie Turner, Colette Freedman
  • Narrated by Lucinda Clare, Punch Audio
  • 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 15. She's about to make the trip to Monarch Camp to be imprinted with her intended life partner. But in her happy, carefree life in the Ocean Community, she hears whispers about "anomalies" - citizens who can't be imprinted. When Keeva arrives at Monarch Camp, her worst nightmare becomes a reality - she is an anomaly. She begins to doubt everything she's ever believed. What if freedom and individuality have been sacrificed for security? 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.


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Loved it!

I am one of (probably) the few people who have not read “The Hunger Games”, nor have I seen the movies. Not because I don’t like the story, but it was so much publicity around it, so many people saying how great the story is, how amazing the main character is that I feel I already know what to expect. So, based on that, I started listening to “Anomalies”, with an open mind, trying not to let my idea of other similar books cloud my judgment.

So all is nice in the world, everything has its place. Everybody knows what will come next, until Keeva discovers she’s an anomaly. She’s now someone whose destiny has been altered, someone who doesn’t fit in anymore. When she realizes she will not be imprinted with her intended partner at Monarch camp, she will be faced with a new future, one she has to decide on.

The authors have created an ideal world, with no diseases, no worries about the next day. Everyone lives in owe of their savior Sobek, who brought peace after a war that nearly caused the extinction of humanity. Society is divided into communities, with specific purposes, being ruled by the Global Governance. An interesting thought. Nowadays people have forgotten to help each other without expecting anything in return.

The main character, Keeva, is part of the Ocean community. She loves the ocean, she loves swimming and can’t wait to be reunited with her intended partner and come together to her beloved community to follow in her father’s footsteps. Still, in all her thoughts, she has never forgotten about her little sister, who was taken away at birth. The words of the strange man that took her have been kept hidden in her soul. Her carefully planned life has been turned upside down when she realizes she’s an anomalie. Though something strange is happening to the ones that do get imprinted.

A person who plans her whole life has to learn to live in the moment. She will have to overcome her fear of the unknown, to follow her instincts.

The action is told mostly from her perspective, but there are also some small passages where we are presented with Calex’s point of view. He is Sobek‘s son and the future ruler of Earth. I appreciated this insight, as it brought a clear understanding of how the Global Governance works and all the plans they have for humanity. Calex also has to face a new life, but as opposed to Keeva, he knows exactly what he has to do, though he’s not entirely sure on how to achieve it.

What I also liked about these two characters was that they never meet in this first book. Calex sees her for just some seconds and there is no super attraction. He sees her as interesting due to her strange red hair but nothing else. And here is the point where all my ideas regarding how this book will end are turned to dust. So for me the action was not that predictable. Sure, there were hints on what to expect, but only on some small level.

As for the reader, Lucinda Clare does a great job! Taking into account I am not a native English user, I had no trouble understanding the words. I only noticed that for one character she used a certain accent, but later on it disappeared (Anelia). No other complains from my side.

So, to close this long review, a total of (wait for it, wait for it) 5 stars go to this amazing collaboration between Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman. I loved the story and the main character was great as well. The quality of the audiobook was great as well so I hope you read it or listen to it
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Gotta love those cliffhangers!

What made the experience of listening to Anomalies the most enjoyable?

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.

What other book might you compare Anomalies to and why?

Overall, this story is somewhat unoriginal, in the sense that it has themes and plot lines you find in many Young Adult Dystopian Adventures. The parts that are unique, however, are ones I haven't seen in any other book thus far. I can't think of any specific books to compare it to.

Have you listened to any of Lucinda Clare and Punch Audio ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first audio-book experience, and I'm glad Lucinda Clare was the narrator, as I've been quite pleased with her performance. I haven't listened to any of her other narrations, but she is someone who would enhance my likelihood to purchase and listen to other audio-books, if she's the voice behind it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many - far too many to list here.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2016
  • Publisher: Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman