Luminary: A Review

 Luminary by Krista McGee (Book #2 in Anomaly Series)
Warning may have spoilers.
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 forgotten landscape, the three youths see things they 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 these survivors 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 when the supposedly ruthless Prince Alex 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.

What a great sequel I say. This book takes place immediately after the first book so there will be some spoilers, if the first book hasn’t been read. The first book for me, I believe I didn’t give a really big rating. It wasn’t my favorite, the story was everywhere.
But Luminary takes a giant turn, the characters after leaving a giant obstacle,  lands themselves right into another one. Entering into a world that is completely unknown to them. I think McGee did it perfectly, describing how the world would be, and how the people were effected by the doctors of the State. She made the villain in the story become even more cruel and menacing towards the group of adventurers.  And adds some new characters that aren’t so menacing, wink wink.
I love how strong Thalli becomes in this book. Sure she has her moments in the first book, always questioning always wanting to know more. Now in Luminary she just seems stronger, wanting to help, standing up for the lesser people. The story was whole new adventure for Thalli, never stopping in the twists and turns and it doesn’t stop until the very end. Which left me questioning and wanting more.   I just can not wait to read the third and final book.

I was given this book for free for my review from BookSneeze (


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