Thursday, August 2, 2012

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Title: Glitch
Author: Heather Anastasiu
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Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 371
Format: Electronic Copy
Acquired: ARC; Netgalley
Interest: Series
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.

I got so excited to read this book. The cover and the summary completely took me, I won't lie. I have been known to be a cover whore, so it's no wonder when I fell in love with this one. It just fit the story so well.

For Zoe, all she has known is the Community where no one feels pain and chips are implanted into everyone that have basically put humanity into enslavement. But Zoe is starting to experience "glitches", moments when she is offline from the Link and is able to feel real emotions and do things that she would normally not do when connected to the Link (which is one way everyone in the Community is able to connect with each other, thus people would know what she is doing).

Well, things get complicated when new and abnormal experiences begin to happen around Zoe, and Adrien is there to take her in and introduce her to the world of 'glitchers.'

This story was original and very exciting to read. I don't know how Anastasiu began this tale or how she thought of such a complex world, but it was interesting to see the way things played out in Zoe's life, and I'm even more interested in what will happen later on for Zoe.

As much as I liked this story I didn't like the way things between Adrien and Zoe started to develop so early in the story. I mean, they barely knew each other and already he was feeling something for her. And also, I didn't like the way it seemed that they had a plan, but ended up having to backtrack on it because of Zoe's illness. 

Exciting, riveting, and just all around epic. This world shows what happens when fear drives people to give up the will of their own mind and give control over to someone else. And no matter how hard the government tries the human mind is something that cannot be taken over, without repercussions. This book is gripping and should be added to ones summer reading list.

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