The Anomaly definitely wins the "weirdest book I've read so far this year" prize. And I do mean weird. My Book of the Month pick for June did not disappoint! Michael Rutger's The Anomaly was definitely a page-turner.
The Anomaly Files
Meet Nolan Moore, the host of The Anomaly Files and every conspiracy theorist's favorite non-archaeologist. Nolan and his production crew have a successful-ish webcast attempting to uncover the truths hidden by twisted government schemes and sinister scientific organizations.
Ken: Surly webcast producer
Molly: Assistant producer/team mom/ the real boss
Pierre: Insanely in shape cameraman
Nolan and his crew finally get their big break when a generous foundation gives them a chance to upgrade from a webcast to a cable t.v show. All they have to do is film an amazing episode. Which means they have to actually find something this time. Saddled with a new reporter and a tag-a-long from the foundation the crew heads out. Nolan, and Nolan alone, is convinced he can re-trace the steps of a 1909 expedition in the Grand Canyon.
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Weird, Weird, and Weirder
Let's just say that is where all normal things end. The Anomaly was such a good read because it's so strange that you just can not put it down. The jacket of my book is so raggedy because I literally read while I was doing EVERYTHING. I couldn't spend more than a day and a half not knowing what was going on.
Usually, I can figure out what is going to happen but nope. Not this time. I was in the dark. Much like the majority of the characters for the majority of the book.
If you've read any of my other reviews you have probably realized I don't do spoilers. Therefore, I will not allow myself to tell you just how weird things get in The Anomaly. What I will tell you is that I would pay decent money to visit Michael Rutger's imagination for a day. Goodness gracious it has to be an interesting place.
Just Read It
Trust me. Just read it. My review is vague only because I really don't want to give away a single thing. I want you to enjoy the strangeness unfolding just as much as I did. Pick up The Anomaly today and I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Creeped out, maybe. Afraid of the dark henceforth and forever more, possibly. In full-blown claustrophobic shock while sitting in your wide open bedroom, likely. But disappointed, no.
Why not 5 stars then
Is that what you are wondering? Well fine, I'll tell you. The only thing I didn't enjoy about The Anomaly was the plot holes. Even after you figure out the weirdness (or more accurately when they finally tell you whats happening) you're still left with some big who, what, why questions. I would have preferred to know EXACTLY who did what and specifically why but I was left without detailed answers to those questions. Michael Rutger, I need answers. You can't give a person that kind of ride in that much undecipherable strangeness and not give them all the answers. Well, I guess you can because you did.
I'm willing to forgive this literary crime if, and only if, you give me a sequel.
Read The Anomaly for yourself and let me know what you think in the comment section.