Young Adult Book Review: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper
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 hottily-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…
Anomaly is a thrilling new science fiction series by debut author Tonya Kuper featuring a young heroine, Josie, who is an Oculi with the power to push things into reality, only she just doesn't know it yet. When her is life threatened by a dangerous group and a dark, tattooed stranger rides up on a motorcycle claiming he's there to protect and train her in her gifts ... suddenly her birthday just got stranger than any science fiction comic book, and turning seventeen takes on a whole new level as Josie learns from Reid just what kind of power she may have as an Anomaly.
Josie ended up being a wonderful combination of a teen science geek and spunky heroine. She's smart, determined, and compassionate with this adorable habit of referencing all things Star Trek, Star Wars, and Marvel that endeared her to me instantly, delighting my inner geeky self. There's some cool references to physics and quantum mechanics as well that gave the story a nice Sci-Fi feel.
Told through dual POV of both Josie and Reid, the reader gets a intimate look at what is going on as Reid tries to train Josie to fight and use her abilities. The whole concept of Josie being able to push things in reality comes into play when Reid creates these cool training sequences, basically pulling things into reality that Josie had to respond to in order to protect herself. And yes, there was a sense of fun as this occurred. For example - Josie was asked to shield herself and she quickly pushes/envisions a Captain America shield to protect her rather than the mental barrier Reid had hoped for. I couldn't help but smile, yet things get dangerous and there is a deadly element as well as her opponents can push elements such as guns and knives and push just about anything to create dangerous situations.
As the voices alternate, it becomes increasingly clear that the attraction is definitely heating up between Josie and Reid. There's some wonderful chemistry building between these two, yet it does not overshadow the storyline. Reid is completely devoted to training Josie, and though his POV it become clear how much he is growing attached emotionally to her. Tough, has the kick-ass ability to push, and sweet on the eyes, and delightfully mischievous, Reid makes a great match for Josie.
I enjoyed Anomaly, smiling at the geekyness, thrilled at the action sequences, and was intrigued right until the cliffie ending. A great mix of science fiction and pop-culture, I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment of the Schrodinger's Consortium!
My Rating: 4 stars. I really liked it!
PLEASE NOTE: A copy of this book was provided by Entangled:Teen in exchange for my fair and honest review. Thank you Entangled:Teen for the review opportunity!