Overview of book:
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 ended in a nuclear war. But life went on deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. Since then, they have genetically engineered humans to be free from emotions in the hopes that war won't threaten their lives again.
But Thalli was born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far thanks to her ability to hide those differences. But Thalli's secret is discovered when she is overwhelmed by the emotion in an ancient piece of music.
She is quickly scheduled for annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk, convinces The Ten to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the scientists' Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance in the pods.
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.
To me, this was a very sad story. No matter what Thalli did, she was in trouble and scheduled to die. Gosh, I sure hope that things don't really turn out like this if we do have nuclear holocaust and just about everyone dies but a few hundreds here and there. Sounds like they screw things up pretty bad in the future.Thalli must sort out what to believe and who she can trust, before her time runs out . . .
Who would want to live without love, without having children, without feeling anything? These people are made and programmed to run efficiently in small groups but they are never allowed to interact with the other people who live in this domelike existence.
Thalli and Berk discover that there is something outside the protected place that they live thru one of The Ten, who are scientists and run this whole place. One of them was able to save his father out of his whole family. He befriends Thalli telling her about his life, his wife and children but more importantly he tells her about God. He is the only one left of the old generation and he is cut off from all of the man made people in the compound.
But he awakens Thalli even more than she already was and sets into motion a series of plans to save her life. But, what they all don't know is that The Ten also have plans that they implant into Thalli's mind, Berk's mind and the father of one of The Ten. They think they are a mission to save Thalli, Berk and her friend, Rhen who also had started to awaken and feel things.
The four of them are the key to The Ten's big plan and they let these four people think it was their idea all along. Wow, even in the future, the people in charge play us like puppets. Sounds like it never ends, huh?
You will want to read this eye opening view of one way that our world will change in the distant future.
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