The main character, Thalli (named after the element Thallium) was created to be the Musician of her Pod, the isolated living quarters of her generation. She was designed without flaw by the scientists to serve her purpose and better the lives of her Pod members. But all her life, she's been hiding a secret that could get her "annihilated"; Thalli is curious and emotional. Her secret is revealed when she's asked to play an old piece of music on her violin; "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring". It is then that Thalli has her first encounter with God, although she doesn't recognize it for what it is.
Exposed after 17 years, she is scheduled to die until an old friend, Berk, a Scientist himself, suggests she be studied instead. This launches Thalli's quest for true freedom, and leads to an encounter with an old man who may be the last believer in Christ left. Thalli discovers that God designed her for a purpose beyond what any scientist planned for her life and that He loves her very much.
I found myself enjoying Anomaly immensely and rooting for the characters throughout. It is a rare bird in its genre - not only because it offers the hope after death lacking in other youth books of its type but because it points to God himself, not a version of God as books like Narnia do. And while I can't see how the events in the book fit into any future prophecy timelines of the end times, it has just the right amount of drama, reality distortion and sweet love to satisfy readers. I look forward to the next two books in this series.