by Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman
Release Date: February 9th 2016
Genre: YA Sci fi
Select Books in NY
Summary from Goodreads:
In the future there is no disease. There is no war. There is no discontent. All citizens are complacent members of the Global Governance. But one summer is about to change everything.
Keeva Tee just turned fifteen. All of her dreams are about to come true. She s about to make the trip to Monarch Camp to be imprinted with her intended life partner. One day they ll have perfect kids and a perfect life. But in her happy, carefree life in the Ocean Community, something weighs on her mind. She hears whispers about anomalies citizens who can t be imprinted. No one knows what happens to them, but they never seem to come back.
When Keeva arrives at Monarch Camp, her worst nightmare becomes a reality she is an anomaly. After imprinting, the people she loves change, and she starts to doubt everything she s ever believed. What if freedom and individuality have been sacrificed for security? And what if the man who solves all the problems is the very man who s created them and what if he isn’t a man at all?
When Keeva finds a warning carved under a bunk bed she begins to understand: nonconformity will be punished, dissent is not an option, insurgents will be destroyed.
Turner and Freedman masterfully create a futuristic world where lives are carefully planned out. Individuals are paired at the age of five with their intended. Then at 15, they are reunited, given careers, and sent out to an assigned community. On the surface there appears to be no war, disease, or famine. Beneath the carefree civility lie secrets that the ruling Global Governance will kill to keep. Unknowingly caught up in a covert war, 15-year-old Keeva goes to Monarch Camp expecting to be imprinted with her life partner. When she arrives, she finds that her intended has died and Keeva is now an anomaly: a citizen who has no partner. Without the imprinting process to control her, Keeva more openly questions a society that she has always found sophistic. Who took her baby sister all those years ago? What does the Governance want with the anomalies? When will the resistance strike, and how does she fit into the plan? As Keeva uncovers answers, she has to discover who she truly is before more lives are lost and nightmares become reality. A lively story with plenty of appeal for reluctant readers, this work ends in an abrupt, unresolved conclusion. There is no doubt that a sequel is on its way. VERDICT A general purchase for libraries where Ally Condie’s “Matched” (Dutton) or Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” series (HarperCollins) are popular.–Claire Covington, Broadway High School, VA
“This book makes spirituality exciting and vibrant. I predict it will be so successful that we’ll all have to learn how to pronounce ‘anomaly’ correctly.”—Russell Brand, comedian, author, actor
“Anomalies leaves you thinking about human nature and what makes us who we are. Bravo.”—Jason Segel, actor, author, producer
“[Anomalies is] a fast-paced story which champions individuality and truth. Keeva is a compelling heroine who is relatable and strong.”—Pamela Anderson, actor, author, producer, activist
“A compelling read which confirms we must fight for what makes us each special and unique.”—Randy Jackson, music producer, American Idol host
“We get to see this unusual futuristic world through Keeva’s smart and unapologetic eyes. A whirlwind adventure with deep meaning, [Anomalies features] smart writing, engaging characters, and a plot which leaves you hanging onto every word.”—Max Beesley, actor, musician
About the Authors
SADIE TURNER is a Los Angeles-based producer and writer originally from Brighton, England, who works in business development with several Hollywood entrepreneurs. She has various projects in development, and also teaches yoga.
COLETTE FREEDMAN- An internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays, Colette was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild. Her hit musicalSerial Killer Barbie can be heard here.
Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, fifteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur), Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and Australia. It is next up in Chicago August 2016. She wrote the film which is currently in post-production and stars Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jess Weixler, Stana Katic, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amy Smart, Troian Bellisario, Tom Everett Scott and Kathy Baker. She has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour.
In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows (Tor/Macmillan). Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013. Her sequel novel The Consequences(Kensington) came out January 28, 2014. Her YA novel Anomalies (Select Books) came out February 9, 2016. She also co-wrote the film And Then There Was Eve which is currently in pre-production and begins principal photography May 2016.
We write to music, so each of our characters had his/her own sound track. As we built characters, we gave them each a playlist and a genre of music they preferred. This helped us with building their motivations, flaws and overall arcs. It’s a trick which was passed down to us and we recommend it. A lot of actors do this when they get a complex role…they will create a soundtrack specifically for that character. Here are our character playlists
Keeva: Strong Femme: (we couldn’t confine her to one genre) Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Liz Phair, The Breeders, The Distillers, L7, Bishop, Pink, M.I.A. Amy Winehouse, Madonna, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin
Kai: Hip Hop: Drake, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, Eminem, T.I., Notorious B.I.G.
Calix: Early Punk: The Ramones, New York Dolls, Sonic Youth, The Clash, The Velvet Underground
Sobek: Pagan Metal: Ensiferum, Graveland, Eluveitie, Obtest, Primordial, Skyclad, Enslaved, Amorphis
Taj: Jazz: Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Big Joe Duskin, Esther Phillips, BB King, Nat King Cole, Jimmy Blanton, Benny Goodman
The Ilex Sisters: Showtunes: Hamilton, Rent, Next to Normal, Les Miserables, Hair, Serial Killer Barbie, Wicked, Mamma Mia! Avenue Q, Caberet
Inelia: New Wave: Morrissey, Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper, Devo, The Pretenders, The Cars
Blue: Alternative Rock: Lou Reed, Sex Pistols, Violent Femmes, Sound Garden, The Cure
Genesis: Latin Alternative: Molotov, El Gran Silencio, Café Tacuba, Ska-P, Curanderos, La Vida Boheme
Lachlan: Classic Rock: Grateful Dead, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Creedance, Clearwater Revival, Rolling Stones
We both love music and probably had just as much fun putting together the character playlists as we did the actual characters.
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