Series: Schrodinger's Consortium #1
Publisher: Entangled Teen on November 25, 2014
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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 hottily-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…
Anomaly was unlike any book I’ve read before. It was an interesting plot element—a gifted race of beings called the Oculi who could wish anything into existence. I found the concept intriguing and the world building was interesting in a scientific way. I had actually been learning about some of the chemistry-based knowledge that this book utilizes (as can be seen in the series name, Schrodinger’s Consortium) so it was easier for me to understand some of the explanations that came from the characters. I felt, however, as though maybe it can be more difficult for someone without that prior knowledge to understand. Regardless, it was an enjoyable novel. The dual POV really added depth to both of the main characters, Josie and Reid, and it gave a different perspective of what was going on than we would have had if there was only one narrator. It had great pacing and the book flew by.
I enjoyed Josie’s character. She just had all types of things thrown at her! And she handled it graciously. I though that she was a a very brave character. She was also insanely smart, and it was kind of nice to hear the thoughts of an extremely intellectual character. I felt like some of her knowledge rubbed off on me, and if we are going to be completely honest, she probably helped out my chemistry grade a least a little!
Reid was kind of rough around the edges. For one, he shows up almost completely out of the blue and is convinced that Josie is an Oculi. He was kind of bossy in my opinion, but also sweetly protective of Josie. He was keeping quite a few secrets but I guess some could say that they were well warranted because they were for Josie’s good—I’m not sure on what I think about it.
The romance was of the forbidden type. Reid was her trainer, and trainer-trainee relationships weren’t allowed. However, there was a definite attraction between the two and it was actually pretty cute. The romance wasn’t as big for me in this novel, which is really unusual because I usually get very involved in a romance, especially a forbidden one. However, the plot had me hooked in this book, which was a unique experience for me.
As I mentioned, the world building in this novel was extraordinary, especially for a debut novel. I enjoyed the paranormal/sci-fi world that Kuper created. I’m not usually big on anything that could be remotely considered sci-fi except for some exceptions, but this one felt more paranormal to me than sci-fi. I am really interested to learn more about the Oculi and those who are hunting Josie in the upcoming novel.
Anomaly was a fantastic debut for Kuper. It had great character, unique world building and an engaging plot. Any paranormal reader should definitely give it a try.