Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left
to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is
invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.
Decades before Thalli's birth, the world was decimated by a nuclear war. But life continued deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. There they created genetically engineered human beings who are free of emotions in the hope that war won't threaten the
Thalli is an anomaly, born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can
barely contain. She has survived so far by hiding her differences. But then her secret is
discovered when she's overwhelmed by the emotion of an ancient piece of music.
The Ten quickly schedule her annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk--a scientist being
groomed by The Ten--convinces them to postpone her death and study her instead. While in
the Scientist's Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the
As her life ticks away, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer--someone even more
powerful than The Ten. What's more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in
fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she's been looking for all along.
Thalli must sort out what to believe and who to trust, before her time runs out . . .
Overall, I liked this book quite a bit! Not so much at first, but then it got really interesting and I read a whole chunk of it in one night, then it seemed to get a little boring toward the end and I finished it up a little more slowly. At first I thought it was just another one of those "Hunger Games" and "Divergent" type books, which it kind of is, but this one is actually Christian, which was a refreshing touch! (and sadly, probably why they haven't made a movie out of it.)
So I did like it quite a bit aside from a few things, and would recommend it to anyone who likes this sort of story. Also, it doesn't have anything bad in it, so that's nice!
I will say, though, it ends in the middle of things and now I need to read the next one!