The Glimpse by Claire Merle

July 6, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 4

Title: The Glimpse [Goodreads][Amazon]
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: eARC
Release Date: June 12, 2012
In My Opinion: Don’t even touch it!
One Line: Utterly confusing and pointless.

In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society, and as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe.

Well, I just totally wasted a few hours of my life reading this one! Glimpse may seem promising and different, a dystopian world based on mental illnesses, but I felt like I had a freaking mental illness while reading this because I didn’t understand a thing! Where is this story going?! What the hell is actually happening?! Those are questions you’ll never get the answer to. I honestly feel as though the author simply picked a whole bunch of words and threw it at these pages, bounded it together, and then called it a book. I mean, it’s a mess!

I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, none of them adding anything to the story. The story started off on this one train of thought and then it seemed to just explode into a bunch of other ramblings and story lines that were just jumbled together and you had just try your best to make sense of it all. Just when you think you’ve figured out what’s going on, the author goes off on some tangent and you’re left wondering if it was even relevant to the story. Even the guys didn’t do it for me! Ana was just whiney and clueless, there was way too much inner monologuing, and nothing exciting happens throughout the whole story.

Damn myself for being unable to NOT finish a book, because I really wanted to quit this one. At first, I read about a quarter of the way through and it still didn’t capture me and I really wanted to let this one go, but I’m a sucker for finishing books, even if I don’t like them. But it took me a long time to even want to give this one another try after trying to avoid it for so long. It was just staring at me on my kindle, begging me to finish it, and I truly had to force myself to go there again. After finishing it, I wish I hadn’t even started it because it was such a waste of time, it’s unbelievable! I could go on, but let me try to forget this truly confusing and pointless story and move on.

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4 Responses to “The Glimpse by Claire Merle”

  1. Caroline

    I’m sorry to hear that you had such trouble understanding and finishing this book.
    I am amazed at you resilience in continuing to read something you so obviously disliked. I have found that I am becoming less tolerant. With an ever growing TBR pile and amazon wish list, I am less forgiving and more likely to put a book aside that doesn’t capture my attention.
    I am surprised that you felt this way about The Glimpse. I found it to be an engaging and fast paced dystopian debut . I felt that Merle defy handled her controversial subject matter. I was particularly impressed with her nods to the treatment of mental health within society and health care( particularly pharmaceuticals) as big business.

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