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Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu


Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Expected Publication Date: August 7th, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Page Count: 371 pages
Format: E-Arc
Source: Publisher
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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.
It took me awhile to really get into Glitch. Although it's extremely fast-paced and there are a lot of twists and turns involved, I constantly felt like something was missing. I'm not sure what it was, but surrounding all of the action and intrigue was an air of boredom. I couldn't sit for a long time and read this book straight through, even though as an E-ARC it was less than 250 pages. I honestly can't quite put my finger on it, but something just didn't hold my attention in this book. Perhaps it was the lack of originality, or maybe it was the disconnect between myself and the characters. By the end I was definitely sucked in, I just wish it hadn't taken 200 pages to get there!

The characters are all pretty interesting. Zoe has lived her life connected to the Link, but when she starts to glitch she becomes aware of her surroundings and her new found powers. The idea of people being void of emotions and feelings reminded me a lot of The Giver. I did find the process of "discovering" emotions really interesting and how the idea of love and hate had to be described. I really couldn't connect with Zoe, I felt like she was incredibly naive and somewhat stupid about her decisions. She couldn't grasp things quickly enough and I just couldn't relate to her. There is definitely a love triangle between Zoe, Max, and Adrien, but it was a no-brainer for me. Max was a crazed possessive and sometimes violent character who I actually feared. Adrien wasn't anything spectacular, just another guy trying to save the world, right?

While the story was definitely fast-paced it had a lot of cliched elements to it. Dystopian community where the government controls your mind and a select few try to fight back? Sound familiar? The idea that they all have super powers was pretty cool, and it was really great seeing Zoe use hers. The descriptions were definitely vivid and I really felt like I could see what Zoe was seeing when she used her powers. Near the end there were a ton of unpredictable plot twists that I did not see coming, which was a great improvement on the rest of the story. I think the next book will be a better read, hopefully the plot elements will improve more, but I doubt they will have much creativity.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book despite being a tad bored sometimes. I never thought about not finishing it because I had to know how everything was going to end, but the simplicity of the plot elements couldn't hold my attention for long periods of time. The story lacked a bit of creativity, but if you're a fan of books like The Hunger Games, Uglies, and The Giver than you might enjoy this one. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what's going to happen in the next book!

9 comments:

  1. Your review reads about like mine, Anna! I had a lot of trouble with this one, but I DID press on and finish, because I did want to know what happened, and yeah, in the end things did improve some! I just...UGH, Max was a bit psycho and there was NOTHING appealing about him after he started revealing how much of a creeper he was. I thought that Zoe/Adrien had insta-love written ALL over them, and was appalled at how quickly she trusted and loved him.

    I'm like you, I'll probably read the sequel, but I don't know if I'll have high hopes. A lot about this just felt recycled and too easy.

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  2. Hm, I think I would probably pass on reading this book because it doesn't sound like it would be the book for me! It's weird that even though it was fast paced, it was sort of boring. That doesn't really bode well for me. I'm glad that you overall enjoyed the book though and that it improved towards the end. Thanks for your honest review, Anna! :)

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  3. I had a lot of the same thoughts as you. Max was super creepy. Ugh. I do have high hopes that the sequel will be better though. *fingers crossed* :)

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  4. I'm glad that you were able to eventually like this book. I just read it and it wasn't really for me. I was so sad about it because I really wanted to like it, but it just didn't grab me and pull me in. I couldn't stand Max. I don't know whether I will continue on with the series or not. Most likely not. I think that it is a book that a lot of people will enjoy though.

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  5. Glad to see I am not alone in feeling this way! Many of the reviews I have read have loved this book and I just didn't get it. It just was not what I thought it would be. I received an ARC and was so anxious to read it I dropped everything else. I was disappointed to say the least. I will read the next book, because I can't resist. And I will hope the next book is better than this one was.

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  6. Great review! Sorry you couldn't connect with the characters. I hate it when that happens. Sad face. The idea of it sounds interesting enomy ugh, so I'll probably read it someday or another, but it one be one of top TBRs.

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  7. I swear, I had the same thoughts reading this! This was a very fast paced book, but I wasn't hooked until 200 pages in. And I'm predicting that isloated communities and brain-washed citizens is gonna be the 'cliche dystopia.' I still did enjoy this though and I also had some trouble connecting with the characters.
    Awesome review!

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  8. I'm sad that you didn't love this one Anna! This one is next on my TBR list, and it's kind of disappointing to hear that it's boring, because that's exactly what I DON'T need at the moment. I need something that'll hook me. And I'm also not a fan of cliche-ness. Too many dystopia books are just all the same these days. I love when something is just plain unique. But, these powers do sound really great!

    Fabulous review Anna! Hopefully now that my expectations are a bit adjusted, I'll enjoy this one more. =)

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  9. I can understand your stand on this one. I was actually quite afraid of Max myself...and I just wanted her to get away from him as quickly as possible. I'm sorry you couldn't connect with the characters, the nativity made it a bit hard at times for me as well.

    Great review!

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