Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Title: Glitch
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Source: NetGalley ARC
Genre: Science Fiction
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Caution: May contain spoilers

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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.

~synopsis from Goodreads

My Thoughts:

My initial thoughts on the synopsis were YAY for more dystopias! Then as I was reading it, I wasn’t too sure what to make of it. It started out slightly boring, Zoe was a bit dull, but it might have been just because she was confused at what was happening to her with the glitching. Then it suddenly picked up and I got sucked in trying to understand the composition of this society and the cracks in its walls.

The point where it picks up, it seems to go a little bit fast, almost too fast. Zoe meets Adrien and HELLO insta-love. As much as I wanted to hate it, I couldn’t. Why? Because I’m a hopeless romantic and sometimes you just want to see it happen. And this time, when I saw it, I was pleased (even if it was too soon).

After all that jazz, then things head into a new direction due to a slight change of plans. Zoe finds herself without the short term memory of Adrien and back at square one. I found myself more intrigued, wanting to see if she can find her way back to him, despite the obstacles in her way, including a fellow friend and glitcher, Max. They all work on orchestrating a way to safely escape, since time is short before their society, the Community, discovers the glitching.

When I reached the end of the book, I have to say I was surprised at how much I liked it, considering the boring start. Glitch was worth it to me. I grew to love the characters (or love to hate them), and I still stand by liking the insta-love. And the kissing? Magnificent, simply magnificent. The journey throughout made me captivated enough to want more. I’m not really sure in which direction the next book will go, but I am interested in where Heather Anastasiu plans on taking me next.


My Rating:

Very Good: Stay up late

10 comments:

  1. What did you think of the characters? I loved Adrien and Zoe too but I wasn't that big a fan of Alex. Great review =)

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

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    1. I had a lot of empathy for the characters that were lost (and liked them because they were trying and had heart), and a lot of 'want to punch you in the face' for the bad guys (a whole lot). Lol. Thanks! :)

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  2. Hmmm, now I'm intrigued. I kinda like when a book with faults still steals your heart.

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    1. It's definitely one of those books that's getting mixed reviews. I can see both sides of it, but I leaned toward being intrigued enough to want to know what happens. :)

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  3. I think I might steer clear of this one with my current track record for books. Insta love never works for me at all :(

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    1. I'd definitely say to anyone who hates insta-love to not pick this up, even if the book is intriguing. :P

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  4. I hated this book. And I dislike saying that, because well, I'm such a book geek that I try to find something to love in everything I read, so when I struggled SO much with Glitch, I was a very sad Molli. But I like that YOU liked it, Jess! If I could have gotten around the boring, recycled plot devices and the insta-love, I'd have enjoyed it a lot more. But I do agree with you - once it picked up, this one did get better!

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    1. I'm sorry you didn't like it! But I can understand why. There were certain aspects I can see people not liking or getting frustrated with. It's one of those books that will be a fifty-fifty chance whether you enjoy it in the end or not. I'm glad it got better for you when it picked up. :)

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  5. I LOVED this book! I'm totally with you on the insta-love. I usually wrinkle my nose at insta-love, but I really liked this one! It was just so gosh darn cute! LOL :) Great review!

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    1. Gosh darn cute is exactly how to describe it! And now since we've read it before it was released, we have to wait a year before the sequel. AH!!! ;)

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