The final installment in the evangelical-dystopian Anomaly trilogy keeps the tension cranked up to 11.
Thalli finds herself transported back to the State, still under control of the evil Scientist Dr. Loudin. Thalli will discover numerous, ever changing evil schemes that Loudin advances and abandons as she constantly seeks escape and alternates between despair at her abandonment by the Designer (her usual name for God) and heartfelt belief that the Designer will conquer all. She still loves longtime heartthrob Berk, but she also feels friendship and loyalty to Alex. Even as she struggles with these conflicting feelings, Thalli and her friends try to battle the cartoonishly evil Loudin. The representation of faith comes across as completely sincere and believable. However, McGee appears not to have planned out her plotline, leaving it with a moment-by-moment feel. Loudin needs Alex’s abilities, but later, it turns out that he really doesn’t. He wants to control all the surviving cities in the world but later decides to nuke them. Thalli fights off “weak” Loudin “as easily as if he were a child,” but two pages later, Loudin overcomes a strong young man. The impression left is that the point is simply to pitch Thalli against Loudin in numerous different scenarios until it’s time to end the book.
The faith is fervent, but the story is just a mess. (Dystopian romance. 12-18)