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by Sadie Turner, Colette Freedman

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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


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 imprinting, the people she loves 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.

Editorial Reviews

Jason Segel

Anomalies leaves you thinking about human nature and what makes us who we are. Bravo.

Randy Jackson

A fast-paced and compelling read whichconfirms we must fight for what makes us each special and unique.

Pamela Anderson

A fast-paced story which champions individuality and truth. Keeva is a compelling heroine who is relatable and strong.

Russell Brand

This book makes spirituality exciting and vibrant. I predict it will be so successful that we’ll all have to learn how to pronounce ‘anomaly’ correctly.

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Turner and Freedman masterfully create a futuristic world where lives are carefully planned out. Individuals are paired at the age of five with their intended. Then at 15, they are reunited, given careers, and sent out to an assigned community. On the surface there appears to be no war, disease, or famine. Beneath the carefree civility lie secrets that the ruling Global Governance will kill to keep. Unknowingly caught up in a covert war, 15-year-old Keeva goes to Monarch Camp expecting to be imprinted with her life partner. When she arrives, she finds that her intended has died and Keeva is now an anomaly: a citizen who has no partner. Without the imprinting process to control her, Keeva more openly questions a society that she has always found sophistic. Who took her baby sister all those years ago? What does the Governance want with the anomalies? When will the resistance strike, and how does she fit into the plan? As Keeva uncovers answers, she has to discover who she truly is before more lives are lost and nightmares become reality. A lively story with plenty of appeal for reluctant readers, this work ends in an abrupt, unresolved conclusion. There is no doubt that a sequel is on its way. VERDICT A general purchase for libraries where Ally Condie's "Matched" (Dutton) or Veronica Roth's "Divergent" series (HarperCollins) are popular.—Claire Covington, Broadway High School, VA

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14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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, screenwriter, director and novelist who was recently named one of the Dramatist Guild’s “50 to Watch”. In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows, (Tor/Macmillan). Her critically acclaimed novel The Affair (Kensington) was published in January 2013 and the sequel The Consequences was published in February 2014. Colette’s play version of the book earned great acclaim as it toured Italy from February through May 2013. She has authored over twenty-five produced produced plays including Sister Cities (NYTE, 2009) which was the hit of the Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur) and Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle). She wrote the screenplay which is currently in preproduction. www.colettefreedman.com

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Anomalies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Yesterday, I saw a post on Facebook from someone asking if the wave of young adult dystopian fiction is over, has run its course. It isn't surprising that the question would be raised since the dystopian subgenre of science fiction, often blended with post-apocalyptic, has been extremely popular for quite some time, especially in the young adult field. As we know, very popular trends in fiction often wear themselves out, becoming sort of faddish and trendy, and we readers get tired of them in direct proportion to how many authors and publishers jump on a particular bandwagon. Having thoroughly enjoyed Anomalies by Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman, I can comfortably say there are still very good YA dystopian tales to be read. The concept of one omnipotent world leader is certainly not a new one---the Bible's Antichrist has been pictured in such a role many times as have other characters that usually have very nefarious intent---but it's always interesting to me to see how authors will develop such antagonists. Ms. Turner and Ms. Freedman did a fine job of bringing Sobek Vesely to life with all his hidden menace and he definitely caused the creepy crawlies for me. Sobek is a cult leader of the future. Keeva is a young teen who finds herself strangely at odds with the way things are supposed to be and her growth as a resister to conformity comes naturally. I loved watching this girl grow up almost overnight because she had no choice and some of her companions are equally as engaging Worldbuilding is as strong in this novel as I've seen in quite a while and I had a comfortable grasp on how humanity came to be in such a situation, the divisions of work communities (labor), the arranged partnerships that come about through Monarch Camp and the devolvement into a Stepford-like mentality once the people reach the age of citizenship. There are threads of religion mixed in with science fiction but the message that comes across most strongly without being too heavily intrusive is the need for people to recognize when conformity has gone too far. Certainly that can be said to apply to teens coping with rampant conformity in high school but adults can easily fall into the same traps and it's our tendency towards conforming that makes Anomalies such a compelling read. The second book can't come fast enough ;-)
Ilovechicklit33 More than 1 year ago
Fabulous YA book reminiscent of Divergent and Matched. Solid characters with fast paced, clever dialogue and a compelling plot.
ReikiRita More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, blending facts with fiction: how a five year olds mind can be bent in one direction with the brain development patterns; how chemicals added to the water supply alter the human mind (the Nazis did the same in WW II); electronics to the brain with a Pavlov positive response. Great world building of the separation of the people and what it takes to overcome the indoctrination of their birth. The characters are so real, Keeva's response "I'm not special" as she overcomes each obstacle and finally stepping into her role as she realizes she does have the power within in her to be the group leader. The support characters, Kai, Blue, Zulli, Taj, Calix you are also cheering for them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago