Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Age Group: Young Adult
In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse. In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.
Glitch was a perfect blend of sci-fi & dystopia that kept me on my toes and really surprised me overall. When I went into this novel, I thought it was going to be like Beth Revis’ Across the Universe and Marissa Meer’s Cinder. In a way it was. These novels are all set in a modern, sci fi-esqe world and had very strict community rules. The people were both told by their leaders that living—whether it was living above ground or back on earth was ultimately dangerous. In comparison with Cinder the people in Glitch were like cyborg people with a port on the back of their necks and translucent keyboards in their arms. And not to mention they had super human hybrid powers like visions & telekinesis. So the world building was intriguing and had promise. You would think that with all those elements it would be this one big book of AWESEOME. Maybe there was just too much going on.
For me the story was like a rollercoaster ride. One minute the pace was slow and then the next something would happen and I was sucked into moment. Until it let up I was turning pages.
I did enjoy reading about the characters, I do feel like Zoe has so much to offer. She’s smart when it comes to survival. Two months of ‘Glitching’ and she was observation about keeping it a secret even though the community messages would tell her otherwise. She cared about her brother who couldn’t do the same because they were controlled and basically cut off from their emotions. I can see her filling into those big heroine shoes in the upcoming books. And then there’s Adrien, The lead hero/ Zoe’s main squeeze. I liked him but he hasn’t quite rubbed off on me yet. The romance was a bit too clich and maybe too rushed. I get that he has visions & can see the future but hey slow down there lol.
Overall, Glitch was enjoyable and entertaining, I just wasn’t blown away but I wasn’t let down. With all the complicated-ness somewhat out of the way, I feel like now we can focus more on Zoe and her growth. How is she going to save this world? This makes me pretty pumped about the next book!
copy courtesy of Netgalley/Publisher for honest review/blog tour
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