Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

August 7, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 2

Title: Glitch [Goodreads][Amazon]
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: eARC
Release Date: August 7, 2012
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: A bit predictable, but still very entertaining.

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.

A dystopian world where people have super powers?! What’s not to love?! Here you’ve got an underground world where people are basically controlled by the Link network to the point where they’re just like robots living beside one another. Then glitches start happening to certain people and they discover what emotions are and all the lies the Community has told. Now they have to figure out how to overthrow the Community, find others like them, and help save their world.

It started off pretty slow, as Zoe comes to terms with glitching and is introduced to the secrets, lies, and truths within her world. Eventually, things pick up as she learns of others who glitch too, and once she realizes who is out to get her, then the real action begins. It’s the characters that really drive the story along, learning about their powers, seeing them use it, and their significance to the plot was what kept me interested.

I didn’t really care so much for the love story though. Although I can see how Adrien could fall for Zoe, and I really like him as a character, I didn’t really believe in their relationship. From Zoe’s standpoint, it was a bit rushed and underdeveloped, which didn’t give me strong feelings for them as a couple. I really liked Zoe as the protagonist though. Sure she was a bit clueless at the beginning, kind of on the fence about whether or glitch or conform, but eventually she learns and grows as a character and becomes quite a force to reckon with.

It was a bit predictable but there were some surprises along the way. Although reminiscent to a few dystopians out there like Delirium or Under the Never Sky, it stands on its own with its intriguing characters and has great promise. I’m eager to see where the author takes the story to next.

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2 Responses to “Glitch by Heather Anastasiu”

  1. Addie R.

    I agree with the romance seeming kind of rushed. I could see from Adrien’s perspective it not being insta love because of him getting to know Zoe through his visions, but from Zoe’s it seemed forced.
    Great review:))

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