Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things.
She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong—and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community’s assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.
Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.
The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?
This book had me intrigued the whole time. Earth is pretty much demolished in a nuclear warfare but the Ten scientists who survived had made a "colony". These scientists made people but with specific DNA so that they do not have what they thought was wrong with people such as emotions and made them for specific tasks. Thalli was made to be a musician. The problem was she had emotions, strong emotions. When she was a little girl she lost her two best friends, Berk and Asta. Berk left to be a scientist and Asta was annihilated.
For 17 years Thalli hid her emotions and curiosity. The only person she had ever let see that side of her was Berk who she missed and wished to see. After one day when she was placed in isolation she snuck out and saw Berk and a dead body. Berk helped her back to safety and kept it a secret but it wasn't long before the Monitor's figured out that Thalli was not normal. She was sent to be annihilated. While in wait she meets John who did not conform to the scientist thinking but kept his faith in Christ strong. He shared Jesus to each person before they were annihilated. When Berk finds out about Thalli he does everything in his power to keep her alive and with him but the other scientists don't make it easy.
Berk and Thalli get closer and closer. Berk finds every excuse to get alone with Thalli even if its just a hug. Their desperation to stay alive moves mountains especially once they see their is more to what the scientist have been teaching them. John becomes their closest friend and he teaches them all about the Designer and Jesus. John also explains what love is and shows them that what they feel for each other is different from what they feel for anyone else.
I am a sucker for helpless love stories. Berk and Thalli won my heart even when they were little. I wanted them to be together so bad. It was so adorable watching their feelings grow and how they learned what those feelings were. My the end of the book I wanted to squeeze them (haha). I love how much Scripture there was and the way "the Designer" was showed. I am definitely an end times believe so this story was even better for me. Being a believe in Jesus it drives me crazy when science tries to remove Jesus from the equation. John's faith stood strong and didn't hesitate to share his faith. Krista McGee did an awesome job with this book and I can't wait to read more from her.