Reality is only an illusion. Except for those who can control it…
Worst. Birthday. Ever. My first boyfriend dumped me – happy birthday, Josie!- my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…
Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it. When hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…
Tonya Kuper's debut, ANOMALY, the
first in the Schrodinger's Consortium young adult scifi trilogy, releases
November 2014 by Entangled Teen. She lives in Omaha, NE with her two rad boys
and husband, is a music junkie, and a chocolate addict. Star Wars &
This wasn't the way it was supposed to happen. I wasn't ready for death. I tried to blink away the darkness closing in around me, fast, and steady. And then I welcomed it.
It's always such a fantastic thing to come across a book that is something different to most other paranormal books doing the rounds. The concept of Anomaly was something original, that I hadn't read before. Pushers, Retractors and Anomaly make up the basis for this exciting, action packed story.
Josie is having a bad day. Her dad is nowhere to be seen. her boyfriend dumped her, she thinks she's coming down with something and she walks in on her ex kissing someone else not long after he dumps her. What a great birthday!! But things are about to get a whole lot weirder with the emergence of the gorgeous, motorbike riding, Reid. Everything Josie thought she knew about her life seems to be based on lies. Josie is an Oculi and Reid has come to protect her and teach her everything she needs to know.
Anomaly is told from both Josie and Reid's POV. And I think this could be my new favourite thing, since it's the absolute perfect way to get a feel for the whole story and what makes the main characters tick. Josie is intelligent and has a great strength about her. She is thrown curveball after curveball but takes everything in her stride. She's a bit of a thinker and weighs things up. I loved that she was nerdy and had no trouble embracing that side of herself. That really allowed me to connect with her.
He was one of those guys who didn't try to be hot, he just was. He looked like a badass.
I liked Reid from the start. Sweet, caring , protective, motorbike riding... What wasn't to love! He always seemed to have Josie's best interests at heart and even when he was not being completely upfront, you knew that his reasons were honourable.
"The three rules of the Resistance."
"One, cause no harm. Two, never reveal Oculi abilities. Three, Don't play God."
There is plenty of action throughout the story and that really escalated as it moved towards it's conclusion. All that action along with plenty of surprises throughout really kept me turning the pages.
The only aspect of the story that I found slightly confusing was all the references to Star Wars and Star Trek and such. Not being a huge fan of either, it all went over my head a bit, so some of the humour was a bit lost on me unfortunately. And while it in no way detracted from the story, I would have liked to be in on all the little jokes that were shared between Josie and Reid, since that was a big part of their budding relationship.
Anomaly is a really great, solid debut from Tonya Kuper, and I'm incredibly eager and excited to see what she has in store next for Josie and Reid. 4/5 Awesome Debut Stars