Author: Heather Anastasiu
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Series: Glitch #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 7th 2012
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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Summary from Goodreads;
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. 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.
"Fans of Under The Never Sky and Lowry's The Giver will have a hard time putting it down."Rating:
*** 3 stars, enjoyable but lacked a few things
This book had it all; a gorgeous cover, a riveting summary, & a fast pace. I adored this book until about three fourths in. The writing was easy to read and get lost in so I flowed through the first part of the book, but then some things happened. . . a love triangle and I got lost in the quickly increasing pace of the last fourth of the novel.
The characters were rather debatable. Zoe is a quite strong character once you think about it. She has been under the pressure of being the only one glitching and if she were to get caught..well, bad things would happen. Max was a rather complex character considering he could change his appearance and take other forms so I never really knew if someone in the background could be him. Adrien was a really strong leader but I felt as he could have taken a slower approach on the whole I have visions of the future subject.
The world building was okay, nothing too complex although I wish I'd gotten more details of the structure and how it came to be. I also really enjoyed the fact that the chip connected everyone to the community so they all witnessed the same thing, reminded me a tad of Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. You really get a glimpse inside the head of the people in charge of the computer chips and why they use them.
The romance was really cute but it was a tad too fast for my taste. I understand the male's feelings and affection but hers? Not so much. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable to read about and I can't wait to find out what happens next and what turns the next book will take.
Overall, I really enjoyed the first half, even three fourths of the book and I would recommend it to anyone who can get through the last fourth. Fans of Under The Never Sky and The Giver will devour this novel. It's a rather interesting subject and even though I wasn't completely blown away by the ending, you might be.
First sentence: Quoted from ARC, may change.
"I felt it coming this time."Trailer: