Review: Revolutionary by Krista McGee

August 19, 2014

Title: Revolutionary
Author: Krista McGee
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-1-4016-8876-9
Publication Date: July 15th, 2014

Back in the hands of the State, Thalli is caught in a horrible game of power—with consequences reaching further than she ever imagined.

After several months aboveground, Thalli had almost forgotten what living in the State was like. Programmed to be without emotions or curiosity, she was always an anomaly there. Too emotional. Too curious. Citizens of the State should behave exactly the way the Scientists designed them to behave: work in their assigned fields, maintain productivity.

Thalli’s entire genetically engineered generation has been eradicated by a scientocracy that believes human life is expendable. Now a pawn in a mad game of manipulation, held hostage, and tortured in the name of the State, Thalli can barely summon the strength to hope that the future of humanity could be any better.

She clings to her new faith in the Designer. But when she discovers that even the few villages aboveground are in danger of State domination, that fragile faith begins to crumble.
As Thalli, Berk, and Alex make plans to overthrow the evil Dr. Loudin, a chilling secret explains why they have been left alive at all . . . a personal secret that will haunt Thalli forever. And as she struggles with this new truth, she also struggles with decisions of the heart.

Can the State’s expansion be stopped? Or will humanity—above and below the surface—be irreparably damaged? Thalli is faced with a purpose both overwhelming and undeniable: to assume the role of a Revolutionary.
We are coming to a close in the Anomaly series. I'm sad to see this end. It has been a fun and adventurous ride as we followed with Thalli through this dystopian, sci/fi world.

Revolutionary picks up right where Luminary ends. Thalli, Alex, and Kristi are all on their way back to the State. All of their friends are left behind and we find out what Dr. Loudin wants from them. To this point, we've only seen glimpses of Dr. Loudin here and there, we finally get to see who he really is and what his past was really like and how it all comes into play. And I just have to say, Dr. Loudin can easily rival Hitler in the crazy idea department. Wow!

Thalli is a girl on a mission in this story. Through these three books we have been able to watch her grow and learn and really find out who she is. In this book, she is determined. She has found out about the Designer and is ready to live how she is supposed to, but she faces opposition and she deals with what a lot of people have when new in the faith, doubt. But she pushes through. Life isn't easy for her but she keeps going.

I also have to say, Thalli was levelheaded. She knew what needed to happen and she didn't let the idea of a boy make her stray. Yes, it was there, but she knew what she need to do was more important. Out of the triangle, Thalli is the only one who didn't let her emotions decide her actions. Alex plowed head first with his emotions. It was like, Whoa, boy, she is trying to help save the people you care about, give her some room to breathe. Berk was a little better, but he let his emotions come into play as well. I enjoyed how Thalli put her priorities in order.

There was a lot of things answered and revealed in this story. It was a page turner. Escapes, chases, fights, the battle of minds, and revelations. However these two groups could fight, they did. It was cat and mouse game of survival.

I was happy with the ending. I don't think it could have turned out any differently. And a small jump forward in the epilogue was nice to see. It was the perfect closure for each of the characters and good look into how things turned out after everything.

Too Read
4 out of 5

About the Author:
When Krista McGee isn't living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she lives in Tampa and spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher, and coffee snob. She is also the author of AnomalyFirst Date, Starring Me, and Right Where I Belong.
Twitter: @KristaMcGeeYA
Facebook: krista.a.mcgee

Thank you to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Glad you liked the end, Kate. I'm still back on needing to read book two. Hopefully before the summer is gone completely (I think it's only fair to give myself until the TTT fall TBR topic before I officially say I failed at my TTT summer TBR ;D) as I certainly adored the first book - so clever!

  2. I did. It was very fitting. :-) And you can never fail at any kind of reading challenge. As long as you read you did well! Besides, you have had a lot of reading to do! I loved how in each book there is growth. Hope you enjoy the last 2 books when you get to them.


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