Author: Tonya Kuper
Series: Schrodinger's Consortium #1
Release Date: November 25th 2014
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Source: e-ARC for blog tour.
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 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…
I received an e-ARC as a participant in the blog tour. This fact in no shape or form affects my review. Except for the existence of the review itself. I received no compensation for this review in any way.This is my honest opinion of the work.
This book has a really interesting concept. The series is named Schrodinger's Consortium, after the physicist, Schrodinger, who created the famous Schrodinger's Cat analogy. If you don't know what the Schrodinger's Cat is, basically it's a theory that says that when a cat is placed in a box and whether it is dead or alive is dependent on whether a radioactive atom had decayed and emitted radiation or not. He says that the cat is both dead and alive until the box is opened. The full thing is a little more complicated on that, but Anomaly plays on this idea of something being in the state of existence or non-existence all at once.
In Anomaly, there are Pushers, Retractors and Anomalies. Pushers are able to push anything non living into assistance, while Retractors are able to retract or disappear anything non living. Anomalies can do both. Josie is an anomaly and she doesn't learn this until her birthday, where suddenly everything starts going wrong. Reid Wentworth comes into town and she finds out that he is her trainer in everything Oculi, as the Pushers, Retractors and Anomalies are called.
Anomaly is told in dual point of view that switches between Josie and Reid's point of view throughout the novel.
Josie is a physics prodigy and she is so good at it that she won an award that would be handed to her by the Vice President of the United States. She's also a proud nerd. She makes a lot of references to Star Trek and Star Wars and as much of a nerd that I believe I am, I didn't really get these references, since I'm only casually into Star Trek and Star Wars. Josie is one of those types that "is a nerd, but is also pretty and doesn't know it" and it annoyed the crap out of me. I'm just kind of sick of that whole situation. Her mom is a scientist and so is her missing father and they are super strict and controlling with what Josie and Eli, her younger brother, are allowed to do. It was ridiculously strict and her mom treated her terribly throughout the book. It really enraged me so as much as Josie irritated me, I sympathized with Josie enough so that I cared for her.
It's admirable how dedicated Reid is to protecting and teaching Josie her oculi powers. There is history between Josie and Reid and he has liked her for a long time so it's obvious he would want to protect her. Also, though he likes her, he is ruthless with her training and gives her initiation by fire. I like that he doesn't skimp on her or hold back just because he likes her.
Since this is a book that's premise is based on a physics theory and the main character is a physics prodigy, expect a lot of it in this book, mostly in the beginning. I don't know how accurate the physics is because I suck at it, but some of it I did understand. The concept and idea of Anomaly is quite interesting and I'm very interested where the next book is going to go, because apparently, not everything is as it seems.
Overall, this is a fun read and though I may not enjoy the characters too much, I quite enjoyed the plot and the concept. I would be willing to read the next one to see where this goes.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tonya Kuper's debut, ANOMALY, the first in the Schrodinger's Consortium young adult scifi trilogy, releases November 2014 by Entangled Teen. She lives in Omaha, NE with her two rad boys and husband, is a music junkie, and a chocolate addict. Star Wars & Sherlock fan.
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